We went to the Musee d’Orsay to look at paintings.  We saw lots of artwork but we also found that the building itself is a work of art in its own right.  I confess that I came away with more photos of the building than the contents. Hence a Musee d’Orsay photo tour.

The building started life as a train station, hence this magnificent glass ceiling.  It was built at the very end of the nineteenth century to bring visitors to the World Fair on the banks of the Seine right at the very heart of Paris.Musee d'Orsay photo tour

Passengers arriving for the Fair would have been greeted by this clock.  I like to think of them deciding whether they had time for a cake before crossing the river.

Musee d'Orsay photo tour

These ceramic tiles are here to disguise the iron beams that made the whole glazed roof possible.  The building was at the cutting edge of technology but the architects chose to make it merge in with its neighbours.Passengers were treated to all modcons such as lifts and the trains themselves were powered by electricity.  Sadly, by the 1930’s, the platforms were too short for modern trains and the station was closed.  It remained empty and unloved.  In the 1970’s it was decided to transform it into an art gallery and after transformation, its doors finally re-opened in 1987.

Tucked away behind some steps we found this optical illusion of steps going up and down.  The perfect place for a boy to take a rest!

Musee d'Orsay photo tour

Passengers would have probably not seen this view of Paris.  The clock is right at the top of the building and designed to be seen form outside.

We did look at paintings as well but I have enjoyed putting together this Musee D’Orsay photo tour and remembering the stunning building, we were also rather taken with the Musee d’Orsay cafes.


Lou Messugo


  1. January 29, 2017 / 1:05 am

    I have snapped these same images on visiting too, they really stand out.

  2. January 29, 2017 / 1:15 am

    The Musee d’Orsay is such a beautiful building. It’s been a long time since my last visit there but I remember the beautiful clock! Those stairs look very interesting!

  3. January 29, 2017 / 1:22 am

    You’re so right – the d’Orsay building is a work of art in itself. I’ve always loved that grand old clock – for years it was the desktop image on my work PC. Hopefully we’ll take the kids there one day.

    • Catherine
      January 29, 2017 / 9:50 am

      Ours loved it, Paris is a great city with kids

  4. January 29, 2017 / 7:42 am

    What fabulous photos! I think I visited the Musee d’Orsay on a school trip to Paris when I was 17. I never would have known it had only been open a few years at that point!

    • Catherine
      January 29, 2017 / 9:52 am

      Now I feel ancient, as I was in my late 20’s when it opened!

  5. January 29, 2017 / 7:53 am

    Hi Catherine, I can see why you took photos of the building, it looks absolutely stunning! It would have been a waste just left to wrack and ruin. The glass ceiling, the clock, the detail are a credit to their creators.


    • Catherine
      January 29, 2017 / 9:53 am

      Such a beautiful building and the sight lines are amazing

  6. January 29, 2017 / 7:55 am

    impressive place. It’s one attraction in Paris I’ve never been to. Your photos present it very well.

    • Catherine
      January 29, 2017 / 9:54 am

      Thank you, the paintings were pretty special too well worth a visit.

  7. January 29, 2017 / 8:06 am

    One of my favourite museums – and I’m sure the building has a lot to do with it. I can’t wait to take Freya when she’s older. Love the clock photo especially. #MySundayPhoto

    • Catherine
      January 29, 2017 / 9:55 am

      I can’t wait to see the photos of Freya there!

  8. January 29, 2017 / 8:54 am

    What a stunning building, the clock is amazing x

  9. January 29, 2017 / 9:17 am

    Beautiful images. Makes me want to visit.

  10. January 29, 2017 / 11:04 am

    What an amazing place. I think I could stand and stare at that clock for ages!

  11. January 29, 2017 / 5:59 pm

    What an amazing building!

  12. February 3, 2017 / 11:01 am

    This is one of my favourite museums! Thanks for sharing this post.

    • Catherine
      February 3, 2017 / 11:07 am

      I’ve been wondering if they would let me live in one of the room sets!

  13. February 4, 2017 / 4:20 pm

    Lovely photos. The titles look amazing. Sorry for the late comment! Been a busy week! #mysundayphoto Martyn

    • Catherine
      February 4, 2017 / 10:43 pm

      Comments always welcome!

  14. February 5, 2017 / 12:52 am

    What a stunning place. I particularly love the second photo. Sorry I am so late!! #MySundayPhoto

  15. curiousprovence
    February 5, 2017 / 3:01 pm

    This is the #1 museum that I’d like to see. I have a dream of going to Paris, and wandering the museums for 2 weeks on my own…

  16. February 6, 2017 / 3:00 pm

    What a lovely tour, you’ve reminded me how much I love the musée d’Orsay and how long it’s been since I last visited. Must put it on the list for the next trip to Paris. Thanks for linking up to #AllAboutFrance

  17. February 19, 2017 / 2:32 am

    I love that you did a photo essay of the building itself! It is a work of art in its own right. #allaboutfrance

  18. March 2, 2017 / 7:57 am

    The Musée D’Orsay was somewhere we wanted to go on our last trip to Paris but ran out of time – I think we do need to fit it in next time! Popping by very late from last month’s #AllABoutFrance

  19. June 20, 2017 / 7:26 am

    Seeing your post was pure coincidence since I just saw on Instagram a photo of the big clock and wondered where the picture was taken (wasn’t labeled). Minutes after that, I saw your post on #MondayEscapes. Now, I know where the photo was taken ;0)

    • Catherine
      June 20, 2017 / 7:30 am

      Glad to be of service!

  20. pigeonpairandme
    June 20, 2017 / 2:33 pm

    This place was clearly made for photographing! (not really – but it would be rude not to…..) #MondayEscapes

  21. June 21, 2017 / 11:22 am

    Huge congratulations on your BIBS nomination, are you heading to the party? I’m hoping to do so? Some lovely photos. Thanks for linking up to #MondayEscapes

    • Catherine
      June 21, 2017 / 11:36 am

      Thank you and to you. I will be going to the party, look forward to meeting you there!

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