Musée d’Orsay

Since 1986, this art museum has been home to a large collection of works from the 19th century, as well as France’s biggest collection of avant-garde art from the early 20th century. Here, you can see some of the most well-known Impressionist works, including Renoir’s portrait of Montmartre and The Siesta by Van Gogh. The museum is considerably smaller than the Louvre and it is maybe a bit easier to navigate your way around the buildings and the collection of works. Originally built as a railway station, the building stopped being used for this purpose during the Second World War and was used as a mailing centre and as a set for several films, including the film adaptation of Kafka’s The Trial. It was finally decided to turn the building into an art museum in the late 1970s, and the impressive architecture provides a stunning backdrop to the works of the masters.