TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR FROM HOME
The famous Musée d’Orsay in Paris is online for you to be able to appreciate via virtual tours. If you’re stuck at home and unable to travel, you don’t have to miss out on the wonderful world of art.
When I visited the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France, a few years ago I was blown away by this grand Museum. The location is a stunning old railway station converted into a glorious monument of French history and art.
This is one of the most popular attractions and not to be missed when visiting Paris, if you are fortunate enough to travel there. The Museum, normally sees 3 million visitors per year.
However, if you’re unable to see it in person, you can enjoy this marvellous Museum online from the comfort of your home, without travelling. Let me show you how.
This gorgeous old railway station complex was built in the late 1800’s. The original purpose was to service the rail line between Paris and Orléans, and was called the Gare d’Orsay. Later it became a hotel, and then remodelled as a museum.
The building is a very impressive construction for its time, an elegant and beautiful architectural masterpiece of Beaux-Arts design.
The Museum itself is not very old compared to others in Paris, which have been around a lot longer. It was only established in 1986.
The central nave with the massive glass ceiling was retained, as was the gorgeous gold clock at the front. Isn’t it stunning? Definitely one of the most recognisable features of this landmark.
Mostly French Impressionist paintings are housed in the museum. It is the largest collection anywhere in the world. The period of 1848 to 1914 is one of the most creative in Western art history. The Impressionist movement was a fresh and innovative method of painting, using different techniques, whilst depicting everyday life, often outdoors, capturing light and movement on canvas. These new modern artists of Paris went against the traditional methods and chose not to paint the normal historical or religious themes. Their work was not appreciated at the time, hence most of them were poor and sadly, went unrecognised in their lifetimes.
Their exquisite paintings are definitely the highlight and main attraction of the Orsay. You will be able to appreciate the glorious masterpieces of the famous Impressionists, such as Van Gogh, Cézanne, Manet, Monet, Sisley, Gaugin, Degas, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec and more.
Also on display at the Museum are tapestries, furniture, sculptures, photographs and other forms of decorative art.
The Virtual Tours
Normally it costs 14 euros for an adult ticket to the museum. But you can now do virtual tours for free online, no queuing up, no crowds, and you can stay on line as long as you like. How good is that! Here are some fabulous options to explore:
- Google Arts & Culture. This is a fantastic idea by our friends at Google who do a great job of virtual tours, perfect during times when we can’t travel. You feel like you’re actually walking through the galleries.
- Another way to enjoy the Museum online is through the Musée d’Orsay Official You Tube channel, where you can choose from the various videos available and enjoy them freely at your leisure. Most are in French, but offer wonderful vision of the galleries and the artwork.
Here are a few more pictures of the Orsay Museum. Some are my own photos. However, at the time of my visit, photography of paintings was not allowed by the general public.
These photos are but a very small selection of some of my favourite art at the Musée d’Orsay which you can see in the virtual tours.
Find specific art pieces
You can search up any of the art pieces at the Museum online. Simply type in a name or subject matter in the search.