Beautifully curated temporary exhibitions sit alongside an interesting, if a little dry, permanent collection which includes a significant collection of impressionist paintings and the renowned Ballet Series by Degas.

The museum seems to have changed its direction in recent years with more and more inventive exhibitions taking centre stage organised around interesting themes such masculinity, the Marquis de Sade, and an upcoming women photographer show.

Originally constructed as a central railway station at the turn of the 19th century, the museum was opened in 1986 after an extensive conversion that preserved its original beaux-arts features including a gorgeous Musée d'Orsay clock and soaring vaulted ceiling.

Make sure book ahead to avoid the queue and take in the view of Paris from behind the large clocks and the open-air balcony on the top floor. There's also the impressively designed Café Campana behind one of the clocks which is worth a visit.

1 rue de la Légion d’Honneur
7th arrondissement

Hours: 9:30 - 18:30 Tuesday to Sunday.
Open until 21:45 Thursday
Closed Monday

Musée d'Orsay Website