A look at the many museums of Paris

Paris is one of the most visited cities anywhere in the world. From its many museums and art galleries, to various monuments and landmarks it is no surprise that the city is thought of as central to many cultural and art histories.

One of the most visited museums in Paris is the Musée d’Orsay which can be found along the River Seine and is home to mainly French artworks from the 19th and 20th centuries. The museum is talked about in the same breath as other iconic locations in France, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame and the Louvre and should be on everyone’s list of attractions not to be missed in Paris.

The museum holds a large collection of sculptures, painting and photographs from the impressionist and post-impressionist eras. Included are original works from artists such as Gaugin, Rodin, Claudel and Van Gogh to name just a few.

The building itself is interesting, which was originally constructed as a railway station until it was turned into a museum in 1986. The concept of the Musée d’Orsay was to link the Louvre and the National Museum of Modern Art.

While not as big as the Louvre, the Musee d’Orsay holds a large permanent collection which spans over four floors. As well, the museum has various changing exhibitions throughout the year so visitors can be sure of some thought provoking and challenging works of art whenever they visit.