The D’Orsay Museum in Paris

posted by Sharon October 5, 2018 39 Comments
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The D’Orsay, a gem of an art museum, was just voted on Trip Advisor to be the #1 museum in the world! By happy coincidence, I visited this elegant museum on the same day this news was released. So I can give you a glimpse into the beauty you can find at the D’Orsay.

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D'Orsay ParisD'Orsay ParisD'Orsay ParisD'Orsay ParisThe building is a former railroad station. The glass ceilings let in light and the whole effect is charming. D'Orsay Paris

The D’Orsay is known for its clocks Here’s a close up of the clock that hangs above the main floor. D'Orsay Paris

Here’s one of the clocks that doubles as a window to the Seine and the city.D'Orsay Paris

D'Orsay ParisD'Orsay ParisWe usually plan to spend a certain amount of time in a museum to prevent burnout. The Impressionist art is my favorite, so we headed directly to the top floor through the back of the building. The crowd enters and mills around the ground floor, but if you move through the throngs and then climb the stairs, you’ll be in a quieter area where it’s easier to enjoy the art. D'Orsday Paris

Here are a few of the paintings in the Impressionist section. A special exhibition of Auguste Renoir had some of my favorites.

Moulin de la Galette -- Renoir

Moulin de la Galette — Renoir

 

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Dance in the City — Renoir

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Two Young Girls at the Piano — Renoir

Of course, the museum features works of Claude Monet.

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Poppies — Monet

And I love the art of Edgar Degas, with his theme of graceful dancers. D'Orsday Paris

You can venture onto the balcony of the D’Orsay and take in the views of Paris. That’s Sacre Coeur in the distance. D'Orsay Paris

The balcony is also decorated with sculptures. D'Orsay Paris

The cafe has a theme of “gold” as well as its own giant clock. D'Orsay Paris

We popped back outside for one more look at Paris. D'Orsay Paris

A visit to the D’Orsay leaves me in awe of being able to stand in the presence of original art. You can look closely and see the brush strokes, appreciate the bright colors and muted neutrals. You glimpse life in another era, another culture, but yet not that different from today. Who does not love to sit in a cafe and enjoy life with friends?

If you’re in Paris, plan a morning at the D’Orsay. You will not be disappointed.

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How about you? Do you have a favorite museum?

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Angie (FeetDoTravel) October 5, 2018 at 4:21 pm

The D’Orsay Museum was my favourite when I visited Paris! OK the Louvre is spectacular, but I was a huge Monet and Impressionist lover “back in the day” when I went to Paris, so naturally the D’Orsay Museum had to be visited. So many beautiful paintings by Monet, I was happy. Are the two huge Toulouse-Lautrec paintings still there? They may have moved but they were outside the Monet room and from floor to ceiling? #feetdotravel

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California Globetrotter October 6, 2018 at 4:03 am

I have to be honest, I’m not a big museum goer, and really the only reason why I’d visit this one is for the beautiful clock cafe and views! #FeetDoTravel

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Jess October 6, 2018 at 4:20 am

I love Paris so much but have yet to visit the D’Orsay, although I sent a friend of mine there last month. It was his first time in Paris and I’d heard great things, your post reinforces my directive and now I just need to go there myself!

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Nili October 7, 2018 at 4:40 am

I love museums and I love Paris. I am so gutted after reading this, as I did not get a chance to visit on my recent visit to Paris. I am hoping to take another trip one day, and visit all those places I have missed. I have been to Notre Dame and Musee Du Louvre for instance but I haven’t gone inside, therefore, I have a lot to do on my next visit.
Thanks for sharing, the photos are lovely. #feetdotravel

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rupam { xhobdo } October 7, 2018 at 10:16 pm

Awesome pics

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Urska | Sliva October 8, 2018 at 12:59 am

I visited quite a lot of museums in Paris but D’Orsay was unfortunately not one of them, not really sure why?! Looks like a must visit museum on my next trip to Paris.

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Sherrie October 8, 2018 at 7:16 am

Hi,
Beautiful shots, thanks for sharing your trip to the museum.
Have a great day!

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Carol October 8, 2018 at 7:49 am

Great post with wonderful photos – thank you Sharon!

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Fun60 October 8, 2018 at 2:12 pm

This is one of my favourite museums. Always make a beeline for it when I’m in Paris.

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Alan Bates October 8, 2018 at 5:48 pm

Wow, I’ve read about the museum but it was great seeing your photos. I could get into that place.
I love museums. We have two really good ones in Tulsa, Philbrook which is a more conventional art museum, and Gilcrease which specializes in western art. I also love Crystal Bridges in Bentonville, Arkansas which specializes in American Art. The Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth is good also. There are lots of museums I have not been attended..
Great post.

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Lady Fi October 8, 2018 at 8:30 pm

It’s a fabulous museum!

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Margie DQ October 9, 2018 at 6:21 am

I’ve only been to Paris once, and although this was on my list of museums to visit – we didn’t make it there! Hoping for next time! #Citytripping

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image-in-ing: weekly photo linkup October 9, 2018 at 6:29 am

Lovely – inside and out!
Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2018/10/master-potter.html

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Emese October 9, 2018 at 1:56 pm

Sharon, this is gorgeous! Love your photos! 🙂

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Photo Cache October 9, 2018 at 2:52 pm

You have the most wonderful trips and you captured the memories wonderfully.

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iindah nuria October 9, 2018 at 9:43 pm

Musee D’Orsay is my fave as well! I can spend hours here and taking tons of pictures here and there. Love the giant clock!

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// Heidrun October 9, 2018 at 11:01 pm

I love Paris. Lovely! Thank you for sharing!

Greatings from Augsburg… and a happy WednesdayAroundTheWorld
Heidrun xxx

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Jim, Sydney, Australia October 10, 2018 at 2:59 am

It’s wonderful.

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Esther October 10, 2018 at 4:23 am

Oh yes, an amazing museum. I have promised myself that, the next time I am in Paris, I allow myself to stay in this museum as long as I want, maybe even all day.
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Paul Healy October 11, 2018 at 6:20 am

I love that museum, the building is incredible and the art is always a treat to stroll around. You did a great job photographing the artwork – could have a potential future selling reproductions! #farawayfiles

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Jill Chapman October 11, 2018 at 8:12 am

It’s been many years since I’ve been to Paris and sadly I’ve never made it to this museum. I guess I will have to rectify that and get there someday. I love your photos!

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Katy Clarke October 11, 2018 at 7:56 pm

It took me 8 attempts but I finally got there a couple of years ago (The other times it was closed for renovation or worker strikes!) It’s such a beautiful collection made even better by the stunning building. Thanks for sharing your photos and thoughts on the D’Orsay on #farawayfiles

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Keri | Ladies What Travel October 12, 2018 at 1:11 am

Wow, no 1 museum in the world! It’s gotta be worth a visit then! I’ve only ever visited the Louvre in France, but have to say I loved it. I think the building’s as pretty as the art it holds! #citytripping

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Vicky October 12, 2018 at 1:19 am

I can see what it was voted #1 museum in the world! It looks incredible!! So much to see. #farawayfiles

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Wilbur October 12, 2018 at 10:07 am

The best museum in Paris by kilometres!

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dorothyadele October 12, 2018 at 12:11 pm

I’ve never visited D’Orsay, but after reading this post I hope to check it out next year. I think that you did an excellent job capturing the sculptures and the paintings.

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Anisa October 12, 2018 at 8:11 pm

I love that museum, still need to go back and take my husband. I don’t remember the balcony (I went years ago) so need to check that out for sure. Looks like a great view. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.

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goblinette October 12, 2018 at 10:20 pm

We did The Louvre but ran out of time for this one. Looks awesome. #TheWeeklyPostcard

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Obligatory Traveler October 13, 2018 at 6:47 am

This is amazingly beautiful. What lovely pictures. This wasn’t on my list, but it is now. I’m going to need to see some of those famous paintings in person. Thanks for sharing.

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Brooke of Passport Couture October 13, 2018 at 9:32 am

The Louvre always gets hype and popularity, but I love the D’Orsay more. The collection of impressionist work is impressive. Your photos of Paris through the clock window are beautiful. What a great view! #WeekendWanderlust

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Victoria October 13, 2018 at 12:12 pm

Went to Paris during the last year and we skipped over D’Orsay. From seeing this post I kind of regret it. Lol it also looks like it wasn’t that crowded which is always a plus. Thanks for sharing #TheWeeklyPostcard

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Annette @ A French Collection October 14, 2018 at 5:04 am

Great collection of photos Sharon – it’s a firm favourite of ours. Thanks for the re-tour 🙂 #TheWeeklyPostcard

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Lisa | Handmade in Israel October 14, 2018 at 6:24 am

Another museum that I must visit one day! Your photos are beautiful.
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Clare (Suitcases and Sandcastles) October 15, 2018 at 5:23 am

The Musée d’Orsay is one of my favourite museums as well. My son really loved it too when I took him for the first time a couple of years ago. The museum itself is so beautiful as well as the works of art. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

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Anda October 15, 2018 at 8:58 am

We just returned from Paris, but didn’t visit the Musée d’Orsay this time. Looking at your beautiful pictures makes me regret we didn’t though. Unfortunately we only had 3 days in Paris this time, but I’m hoping to return there soon. #TheWeeklyPostcard

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Laura H October 16, 2018 at 1:07 am

I’ve been wanting to visit the d’Orsay for years; the architecture, the view… and oh, those Renoir *swoons*.

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Travel Lexx October 16, 2018 at 9:35 am

It’s one of my favourite places in Paris and an amazing museum! I love your photos and you’ve captured the feel of it perfectly! Making me want to go back!

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Kat October 16, 2018 at 8:12 pm

Aawww, I love the D’Orsay Museum! I went there in 2011 and loved every moment of it. Wish they allowed cameras though at that time, as such I didn’t have photos of the museum inside 🙁 Your photos look great! #FarawayFiles

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