The French government's decision to change what was once a very grand railway station (Paris - Orleans) into a museum back in the late seventies has proven to be an inspirational one, creating one of the city of Paris's finest exhibition spaces.
The building itself is a delight and a credit to
its architect Victor Laloux. I wonder what he would think of it now? His
railway station now playing host to the likes of
Degas, Renoir, Cezanne, Manet, Matisse and Van Gough.
The museum's collection which covers the period form the end of the 19th century until the First World War includes a fabulous collection of paintings from the 'Impressionists', sculptures, art deco furniture and much more.
The balconies of the Musse d'Orsay also offer great views over the river Seine.
Tip: The queues for the Musée d'Orsay can sometimes be very long so book ahead on the website or buy a Museum Pass; then go directly to entrance C. Otherwise, like most of Paris's major attractions try and get there early.