The Musee d'Orsay was originally an old palace. It was transformed
into a train station for the Universal Exhibition in 1900, and it was the
first Parisian train station to have electric power. In 1977, the Orsay was
once again transformed into a museum of art from 1850-1914, better known
as Impressionist and Post-Impressionist periods, and the beginning of Modernism.
Besides painting and sculpture, the museum also has a large collection of
furniture, architecture and photography. Today the museum is full of modern
day artists trying to imitate the masterpieces, and the artists, as well
as the artwork, are popular tourist attractions.
The Musee d'Orsay has exceptional permanent collections of the works of artists
like Monet, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Whistler, Degas, Delacroix, Manet,
Renoir, Rodin, Seurat, Sisley, Pissarro, Gauguin, Matisse, Toulouse-Lautrec,
and many, many others.