The Musée d'Orsay is located on rue de Bellechasse 7th arrondissement. It is a national museum which is located on the left bank of the Seine. It is housed in the former Gare d'Orsay. The opening of the museum was made December 9, 1986. It has collections of French and European art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, architecture and photography. It has 4,000 works are on permanent display. It covers an area of 57,400 square meters. There were 3.2 million visitors in 2007.
The Musée d'Orsay is up to the place where the Palais d'Orsay built in 1810. The State Council settled on the ground floor of the building in 1840, while the Court of Auditors was implanted on the first floor in 1842. The palace was destructed by fire in 1871 during the Paris Commune. The Gare d'Orsay is built on the site of the old palace by Victor Laloux. The construction of the station was made in order to receive foreign visitors as well as the Universal Exhibition of 1900 representatives. The President Valery Giscard d'Estaing wanted to transform the old station into a museum of the arts. Work reconfiguration have been made by some architects, Pierre Colboc Renaud Bardon, Jean-Paul Philippon and Gae Aulenti. The nave of the old station used for the presentation of works of art. The collections of this museum are complementary to the Louvre Museum and the National Museum of Contemporary Art.
The Musée d'Orsay presents the finest art works made by famous artists worldwide. The Museum of Decorative Arts was inaugurated in 1905 in the Pavilion de Marsan. These collections were transferred to the Musée d'Orsay since 1977. Works made of ceramics, jewelery, glassware, furniture but also are presented. This museum preserves and presents the most extraordinary paintings and symbolist world. It has about 5,000 paintings. Among the most impressive museum paintings include Crispin and Scapin by Honore Daumier, the campaign in France in 1814 by Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier, the origin of the world Gustave Coubet, The Magpie by Monet, the scrapers floors Gustave Caillebotte, the entrance to the port of La Rochelle Signac or dancer Edgar Degas Scene. Other works of artists are exhibited such as Van Gogh, Cezanne and Pissarro. The sculptures presented in this museum are divided into several categories including neoclassicism, romanticism, eclecticism of the Second Empire, the eclecticism of the Third Republic, realism, impressionism, symbolism, primitivism, a return to the style and animal sculptures.
The Musée d'Orsay has sometimes temporary exhibitions. It has an auditorium for various events such as concerts, conferences and shadow theaters. The Society of Friends of the Musée d'Orsay enriches the museum's collections. It was created in 1980 and brings together art enthusiasts of the mid-19th century. It currently has 600 active members. The Musée d'Orsay is served by Solferino Metro station and the train station of Orsay museum is located in the basement. He was attached to the Ministry of Culture, but since 2004 he became a public administrative establishment. The direction of this museum houses the Board of Directors, the Scientific Council and the Committee on acquisitions.
Transfer to the Musée d'Orsay in Paris The Musée d'Orsay is located at a distance of 18.3 km from Orly Airport, 28.5 km from Charles de Gaulle Airport and 22.8 km from the airport of Beauvais.