Musée D’Orsay: A Tour That Proves It’s Worth The Trip

On every trip to Paris, there’s an urge to rush around and stuff your face with as many experiences as possible. But some places deserve to be savored, at least according to travel vlogger and American expat in Paris, Jay Swanson.

One of these is the Musée D’Orsay, Paris’s premiere museum for art from the late-19th and early-20th centuries. A converted Beaux-Arts train station, this museum is one of the rare ones where content and container are perfectly matched, the building itself actively contributing to the experience rather than simply acting as a shelter from the outdoors. The D’Orsay houses one of the largest collections of Van Goghs in Paris, among them the painter’s famous Starry Night (though it is currently on loan in the UK). But it’s also a treasure trove of statues, paintings, and architectural quirks, from the cafe in the clock face to Edouard Manet’s famous Olympia.


If you’re thinking of going to the Musée D’Orsay any time soon, be sure to visit while “Le modèle noir” exhibit is still showing. This unique examination of black figures in French art will be on display until July 21.