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The Orsay Museum is a national museum inaugurated in 1986, located in the 7th arrondissement of Paris along the left bank of the Seine. It is located in the former Orsay station, built by Victor Laloux from 1898 to 1900 and converted into a museum by decision of the President of the Republic, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing. Its collections present Western art from 1848 to 1914, in all its diversity: painting, sculpture, decorative arts, graphic art, photography, architecture, etc. It is one of the largest museums in Europe for this period.
The museum has the largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings in the world, with nearly 1,100 canvases in total out of over 3,650, and you can see masterpieces of painting and sculpture such as The Luncheon on the Grass and the Olympia by Édouard Manet, a proof of The Little Fourteen Year Old Dancer by Degas, The Origin of the World, A Burial in Ornans, The Workshop of the painter from Courbet, The Card Players by Cézanne or five paintings from the Rouen Cathedrals Series by Monet and Bal du Moulin de la Galette by Renoir.
Temporary monographic or thematic exhibitions relating periodically to the work of an artist, a current or a question of art history are often set up. An auditorium hosts a variety of events, concerts, cinema, shadow theater, conferences and seminars, and shows specifically aimed at young audiences.
Visit the surroundings
Hôtel des Invalides
Palace of Versailles
Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral
Basilica of the Sacred Heart