If you only had one day in Paris to spend at a museum, consider going to the Musee d’Orsay. I know what you’re thinking but what about the Louvre? Yes, the Louvre is absolutely amazing, when you have the time. The vastness is overwhelming and needs to be planned in advance, not to mention, unless you know your art history, its worth hiring a tour guide, someone who knows their stuff will definitely enhance your visit.
The Musee d’Orsay was a treat to visit, housed in the former Gare d’Orsay a Beaux-Arts railway station, I last visited here about 23 years ago. The building itself is stunning and was hard to believe that at one point this beautiful structure was slated for demolition. Im not sure if I love the art more or the history surrounding the art, its the chicken egg dilemma for me. What makes d’Orsay special is that it’s home to the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world, no small feat.
I was fortunate to have my friend join me on my visit through d’Orsay, even better, she has her degree in Art History, bonus! I learned so much from her in those couple hours, key hole art, symbolism, impressionist prostitution and porn? What?! Go ahead and google all of it, very interesting. We managed to glide through the museum in just under two hours and we didn’t feel as if we were rushed or missing anything. When you have limited time its nice to know you can tackle a museum of this size in that amount of time and still get out to do other things. I’d like to call this a “user friendly” museum, where your children will actually recognize the art work and won’t be bored out of their minds. With a lovely cafe on the top floor, you can also take in the spectacular views on the outside deck and yes, take a “selfie”.