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A Great Museum In A Great Station
Small enough to get around without being overwhelmed. It is my favorite for it's size, and for the works of art in one of my favorite periods. There of course is a cafe in the building.
The history of the museum, of its building is quite unusual. In the centre of Paris on the banks of the Seine, opposite the Tuileries Gardens, the museum was installed in the former Orsay railway station, built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. So the building itself could be seen as the first "work of art" in the Musee d'Orsay, which displays collections of art from the period 1848 to 1914.
The Musée d'Orsay is, of course, a key stop on any trip to see the works of France's Impressionists. This former railway station that is now one of the world's most beautiful museums is in itself perhaps the finest tribute that could be paid to all these artists, many of whom so loved trains, train journeys, and the glorious stations constructed in the nineteenth century.
The Musée D'Orsay which was originally the first train station in Paris built for the 1900 Worlds Fair is home to one of the most impressive impressionist collections in the world! It is a must see on any visit to Paris!