Orsay Museum History : Once a train station today one of the best impressionists museum in the world

The Orsay Museum is certainly the best impressionists museum in Paris : Masterpieces of Degas, Monet, Manet and also sculptures by Rodin and Camille Claudel... Pay a visit to this very surprising place in Paris set on the left bank of the Seine River

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Orsay Museum History

On the eve of the 1900 World Fair, the French government ceded the land to the Orleans railroad company, who wanted to build a central Paris terminus train station on the site of the ruined Palais d'Orsay. The project was a challenging one due to the vicinity of the Louvre Museum and the Palais de la Légion d'honneur: the new station needed to be perfectly integrated into its elegant surroundings.

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From 1900 to 1939, the Gare d'Orsay was the head of the southwestern French railroad network. After 1939, the station had become too short for the modern, longer trains that appeared with the progressive electrification of the railroads. In 1975, the Direction des Musées de France already considered installing a new museum in the train station, in which all of the arts from the second half of the 19th century would be represented. The Orsay Museum opened its doors Dec 9th 1986.

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