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The building was originally a railway station, built in 1900 by Victor Laloux, and served as a terminus for the Paris-Orléans railway. It was known as Gare d'Orsay. It closed in 1939, was listed as a historical monument in 1978, and re-opened as a museum in December 1986, bringing together collections from the Louvre, the Musée du Jeu de Paume and the Musée National d'Art Moderne at the Centre Georges Pompidou. There is a huge clock which still works in the main terminal of the museum.
Artists whose works are on display on the Musée d'Orsay include:
- Antonio de La Gandara
- Edouard Manet
- Jean-François Millet
- Claude Monet
- Georges Seurat
- Paul Cézanne
- Edgar Degas
- Pierre-Auguste Renoir
- Gustave Courbet
- Auguste Rodin
- Vincent Van Gogh
- James McNeill Whistler
Note that as with many French museums, the Musée d'Orsay is closed on Mondays.
- Official site
- Insecula: Musée d'Orsay virtual visit
- Insecula: Musée d'Orsay French Paintings
- Insecula: Musée d'Orsay French Sculptures
Note that Insecula is currently the most comprehensive source for images of the Orsay and its contents, offering far more views than the official site.
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