7th arr., 62 rue de Lille
Opened at the end of 1986. Impressionist paintings, fine and decorative arts, architecture and photography from 1848 to 1914 (variously moved from the Jeu de Paume, the Palais de Tokyo, and the Louvre) now housed in the spectacularly renovated, airy Gare d’Orsay, the former railway station that served southwest France. The transformation took 13 million dollars en ten years.
Go straight to the top, third floor for Impressionist paintings : room upon room of the most famous works of Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Pissaro, Sisle and Degas. The middle floor exhibits include sculpture by Rodin an Maillol, paintings by Bonnard and Vuillard, works representing Foreign Schools, Symbolism and Naturalism, and Art Nouveau furniture.
The ground floor has Decorative Arts 1850-1880 as well as Degas, Manet, Monet and Renoir pre-1870 and a good bookshop in the original buffet. The Café des Hauteurs on the top floor has views through the old station clock over the Seine, and there is an outside terrace to get your breath back. More formal meals are served in the sumptuous restaurant, with chandeliers, painted ceiling and statues. There are also changing exhibitions, concerts, films and lectures.

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