While in Paris, when most people want to get their art fix, most people head over to the Louvre. While it’s one of the most famous art museums in the world, it is very popular with visitors spending time in the city of lights. Crowds there can be horrendous and unpleasant. There is an alternative to the Louvre in the shape of an old renovated train station. Musée d’Orsay is very impressive. I always wanted to Vincent van Gogh’s work in person. The Musée d’Orsay had a many of his works so when I was in Paris in 2016, I decided to skip the Louvre and opted for a visit for the Musee d’ Orsay instead. You will also see the works of Monet, Pissarro, and Renoir. It was a train station built for the world’s fair of 1900. By 1939 the trains were too long for its use and it was closed. Over time it was used as a parking lot, theater, and even a reception for prisoners of war. In 1977 the French government decided to turn it into a museum and it was opened in December of 1986. It houses the largest collection of impressionist (over 480 paintings) and post-Impressionist masterpieces in the world at nearly 1,100 paintings. Enjoy below some of these wonderful works of art .

Shane is a retired Navy Chief and a former Deputy Sheriff. He now works in the aviation field ensuring the safety of the flying public. The views expressed here are his own personal views and do not necessarily represent the views of his employer.

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