The Orsay Museum, situated in the heart of Paris along the river Seine, has the distinctive feature of being the former train station of Orsay.
This station was built for the 1900 World Fair. Lofty with its large glass windows and metallic structure, it has unique architectural beauty. Very modern for its time, people and trains came through here for 40 years.
In 1978 it was listed as a Historic Monument and transformed into a museum by the presidents Valéry Giscard d’Estaing and François Mitterand. The Orsay Museum became the place for paintings, notably the Impressionists, and for sculpture and other works of art, dating from 1848 to 1914.
Exhibited are the works of Van Gogh, Renoir, Rodin, Monet, Manet, Courbet, Sérusier…, on 5 floors, for the tremendous joy of the 3.5 million visitors (who came in 2012) and who are each year more and more numerous.