The Musee D’Orsay is another museum in Paris that houses famous works of art from 1848 to 1914. We had been studying Van Gough so we were excited to see his collection at this museum.
Musee D’Orsay :
The Musee D’Orsay is located on the banks of the Siene river across the street from the Tulleries Garden. The Museum is housed in a very unique building that used to be the Orsay Railway Station.
The Railway Station design was incorporated into the interior of the Museum.
Musee D’Orsay has the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist art in the world. The paintings are mainly from French artists and include artists such as Van Gough, Monet, Degas and Renoir.
We just love Impressionist art as the colors are so vibrant. As we had been learning about Van Gough and had seen many of his famous paintings as pictures on the internet and in books it was surreal to see the real artworks in this museum.
There have been many replicas of The Statue of Liberty made but the one that stands in the entrance way to The Musee D’Orsay was crafted by Bartholdi, the original artist of The Statue of Liberty given as a gift to the United States of America. The statue once stood in the Musee De Luxembourg and the Luxembourg gardens before it was moved to Musee D’Orsay.
Frances most famous sculptor Rodin also has an impressive collection exhibited at the Musee D’Orsay.
Love Lock Bridge:
After our visit to Musee D’Orsay we crossed over the Pont Des Arts Love Lock bridge on our way to the Tulleries Garden.
Part of the bridge collapsed with the weight of the locks last year however this has not stopped the tradition with the new bridge quickly filling up with new locks.
The Tulleries Garden has quite a bit of history. It was originally the garden for the Tulleries Palace in 1564 and opened to the public in 1667. Modern Parisians visit this park often to relax, meet with friends, have lunch and play. In the 19th and 20th century the people of Paris also met here with friends to relax.
The gardens are vast and well manicured. There are couple of small cafes and food carts in the Gardens as well as deck chairs and several playgrounds.
The Tulleries Garden is also close Champs Elysee and we also made a quick visit to see this famous street.
After our visit to the Musee D’Orsay we spent the afternoon relaxing in the park and playing in one of the many playgrounds.