The Orsay Museum is one of France’s most important and popular museums, as it houses the country’s national collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Art Nouveau works. With the likes of Degas, Renoir, Monet, Manet and Van Gogh on display, you are bound to leave this former train station awe-inspired and wonderstruck. One of the key treasures stored in this museum is the famed ‘A Starry Night’ by Van Gogh.
Apart from being a goldmine of beautiful art, the location of this museum also adds to its glamour. Situated right beside the Seine River, the views of Paris one gets from the open terrace of this museum are unparalleled. With this ticket, you will be able to skip the long lines and walk straight into the museum through Gate C (meant for priority access).
Musée de L’Orangerie:
Like the Orsay, this museum is home to some important Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, as well. Perhaps the star attraction of this museum would be the eight Water Lilies murals, by Claude Monet himself, who actually wrote a letter, upon the end of WWII to the then Prime Minister of France, stating, "It's not much, but it's the only way I have of taking part in the victory”, referring to the works he donated to the French State.
Besides the work of Monet, this museum contains the work of other geniuses as well, such as Picasso, Matisse and Cézanne. Located on the banks of the Seine River, diagonally opposite from the Orsay, this is a must see attraction for all those interested in beauty and art.