If you had only 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, it’s 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. I’m not sure if I love art more or the history surrounding the art, it’s a 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, keyhole art, symbolism, impressionist prostitution and porn? What?! Go ahead, 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, it’s nice to know you can tackle a museum of this size and still get out to do other things. I’d like to call this a “user-friendly” museum, where your children will actually recognize and appreciate the artwork and not 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”.