The Musée d’Orsay is the major museum in the sixth arrondissement of Paris. It was originally built in 1900 to be a train station but was closed in 1939 when its platforms became too small for the long trains of modern times. In 1986 it then reopened as a museum featuring art produced between 1848 and 1914, the time period of the Impressionists and post-Impressionists. Most of the art in the Louvre (first arrondissemnet) is before 1848 and most of the modern art in the Pompidou Center (fourth arrondissement) is after 1914. We visited the museum one day during our first week in Paris and I came away with photos of the museum’s clock.
Actually, there are two clocks built into the north side of the D’Orsay Museum — the side facing the Seine and directly opposite the Tuileries Garden. There’s also a large clock completely inside the museum but I didn’t try to shoot that.
We visited the museum on a Tuesday, which was a major mistake. The Louvre just across the river is closed on Tuesdays. So guess where everyone goes on Tuesdays! We had museum passes which saves you a lot of money but they are also supposed to get you into the museum without waiting in line. But there were two long lines at the museum that day. We waited in line for an hour and fifteen minutes in the museum pass line.
Photographing the art in the museum is strictly forbidden. We found this rule in effect at the Musée de l’Orangerie, too. You can take all the pictures you want at the Musée du Louvre, however, so long as you don’t use a flash.
So what is one to do? Well, the guards will allow you to take photos out the windows and through the two clocks. So I did. I was surprised when I discovered that I could see Sacre Coeur through one of the clocks. I thought the shots I took that day were interesting. But I would rather have photographed some of the many Monets I saw on the museum’s walls.
Oh well, I took tons of photos during my two visits to the Louvre. We visited eight museums during our stay in Paris. Six of them allowed me to use my camera.