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Musee d'Orsay

Musee d’Orsay in Paris, France may not be the most famous museum in the City of Lights, but many tourists and French citizens alike consider it to be their favorite.  The building itself, which is a former railway station called Gare d’Orsay, is another somewhat hidden gem in the city mostly because of the shadow cast by its nearby counterpart, the Louvre.  Because the Louvre is possibly the most famous museum in the world, it also grabs the most attention and during peak tourist season can be almost impossible to navigate to one’s choosing.   In contrast, Musee d’Orsay is usually a much less stressful experience and still holds some extremely famous works of art.

Whether you sought out the museum from the start, or just happened upon it during your stay at one of the many nearby Paris vacation apartment rentals, Musee d’Orsay receives almost 2.5 million visitors each year.  This may seem like a lot, but when compared to the Louvre’s over 8.5 million, visiting d’Orsay Museum is more like a walk in the park.  The Museum itself holds mostly French works of art that range from sculptures and furniture, to paintings and photography.  Some of the more noteworthy artists are Monet, Manet, Degas, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Renour, Ganguin, & Seurat and the entire collection is comprised mostly of art from 1848 to 1915. 

If your Paris vacation apartment is not nearby, the Museum and the surrounding area are easily accessed by bus on Rue de Bellechasse, or via metro at either the Solferino or Musee d’Orsay stops.  For the real art lover though, being walking distance to the museum from a Paris vacation rental is ideal for repeat visits.  Like any large national museum, it is always best to focus each visit to one aspect and come back another day to see something else.  Although as mentioned earlier it is not nearly as crowded as the Louvre, there are still crowds to contend with, so the weekends aren’t always recommended.  For first time visitors to the museum, the guided tours are a great way to explore the museum from an overall level and can give you great ideas for more focused visits another day.  

CobbleStay.com’s Paris apartment rental #21 is literally just steps from the d’Orsay Museum (you can actually see the statues from the window) and is an absolutely ideal choice for art lovers, or for those who just want to be in a great central location.  Paris’ 7th Arrondissement on the left bank of the River Seine is regarded by many tourism experts to be one the best places to find a short term Paris rental due to its excellent proximity to many famous landmarks and the complimentary peace and serenity it offers, which is somewhat surprising due to its centrality.