Saturday: Musée d’Orsay

Okay, okay, here’s the last of my vacation photos, I promise. I wanted to show you a bit of the d’Orsay Museum, though.


The d’Orsay is much smaller than the Louvre, but remarkable in its own right. It has the largest collection of impressionist paintings in the world. Honestly, I wish I could have appreciated it more, but I was museum-and-touristed out by the end of our trip. And though the line to get in was shorter than most of the massively long lines we’d encountered all week (future travelers: take note), it was still another line to stand in.

(If I visit Paris again [and I hope I do!] I will try to travel during an off-tourist time. As in, not the summer and not the holidays.)

Not sure who created this …
Olympia, by Manet

One last thing I’d like to note: I was really impressed with how inexpensive museums in Paris are. I don’t think I paid more than $15 Euro during anything we did, even at the Louvre (okay, the audio tour was $5 extra). I think it’s great Paris values making art accessible to the public. In comparison, I think admission to the Art Institute in Chicago is now up to $27? And my friend Nicole recently visited the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, and said she paid over $30.

(Also, some people might argue this point with me, but I think food in Europe is far less expensive than in the U.S. I feel like food is always the major variable during domestic vacations, but I really didn’t spend much for food on this trip.)

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed following along with my Paris/London adventures!

2 thoughts on “Saturday: Musée d’Orsay”

  1. I think the sculpture is Rodin’s Gates of Hell. His museum is near Napoleon’s tomb and I found it to be exceptional. It’s too bad you had to wait in such long lines; you didn’t get to see as much. I’ve been to Paris twice in March. That’s a great shoulder season time.

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