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Musee d'Orsay - The clock is ticking!

When a building as nice as this becomes redundant for its original purpose, it’s nice to see that something else can be found to enjoy its surrounds.

The museum building was originally a railway station, with construction completed in 1900. It was the terminus for the railways of southwestern France until 1939.

By 1939 the station’s short platforms had become unsuitable for the longer trains that were now running on the mainline services. After 1939 it was used for suburban services and part of it became a mailing centre during World War II. It was then used as a set for several films, and as a haven for a theatre company.

It was finally opened as a museum in December 1986. But still, when you stand above the museum space, you can still imagine the trains chugging through.

We were lucky enough to see a big exhibition of the work of Van Gogh when we visited. And the restaurant situated behind the huge clock face is certainly unique.

Tell us about your experience at this art space in the comment section below – we would love to hear from you.

Gare-d'Orsay
Trains at the station - By Unknown author - postcard, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22499111
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