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“Avoid school group times” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Musee d'Orsay

Musee d'Orsay
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Semi Private Tour: Skip-the-Line Musee d'Orsay Must-See Tour
Ranked #1 of 1,085 things to do in Paris
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This beautiful museum, once a railroad station, now houses a staggering collection of Impressionist art, as well as other items created between 1848 and 1914. In 2011, the museum is running a renovation of the top floor (impressionist gallery). Only ground and medium floor are accessible. The top floor will re-open on the 20th of October. Meanwhile, some impressionist masterpieces are not visible.
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“Avoid school group times”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2012

Loved this museum, but the school tour groups made it difficult to see some of the more important works. The kids were unaware, as kids are, and stood directly in front of the paintings having conversations, not even looking at the paintings. I kept having to pass up paintings and try to double back to see some of the "hits." Wish I had called ahead to find out when the best time to avoid that would have been. Other advice would be to start on the top floor and work your way down. Most of the favorites are on the top floor. If you are also planning a trip to the Garnier Opera house, don't miss the scale model and exhibits about it on the first floor. I was able to find our exact seats within the model!

Make sure you wind your way into the little side galleries on the lower floors. They a not very noticeable and e map doesn't detail what paintings are there. And there are some greats! Wish the audio guide had covered more of the works, but it was good.

Visited March 2012
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“Must see.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2012

Superb collection. Long queues. Directions within the museum are haphazard and there does not seem to be a logical 'flow'.
If you are just after the Impressionists go staight to the 5th floor.

Visited March 2012
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“So much more than a museum - Lovely for the entire day”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2012

In the dead of winter there is no better place to spend the day. Yes, the DAY. Arrive at 10am when the museum opens and stop for lunch around 12:30. Go to the REAL restaurant on the 2nd floor (there is also the 'clock' cafe.. I don't mean there - at least, not for lunch) This restaurant is in the original location of the train station's restaurant.. the room is gorgeous, especially the ceiling and chandeliers.. . which stand out in contrast to the simple, modern decor of the dining room. The food here is wonderful as well. Indulge yourself with a real French lunch (entree, plat & dessert + a little wine) and linger. You won't be sorry. Then return to the exhibits... feeling peckish around 4? Head to the Clock cafe and have a pick me up espresso or tea... again, the space is magical.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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“Brilliant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2012

Get there early and really enjoy the day, you could spend a whole day just walking around.Loved it.

Visited March 2012
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“One of the best museums in the world”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2012

A fabulous collection of French masters, particularly Impressionists. And the French have done a fabulous job of transforming a train station into a museum. A must visit.

Visited March 2012
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