5 MUSÉE D’OR­SAY

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Turn right off Rue de Rivoli and on to the gravel boule­vard that takes you through the Tui­leries gar­dens and past the Lou­vre’s glass pyra­mid. If you want to join the throngs and queue to see the Mona Lisa – ar­guably, one of the most over­rated paint­ings in the world – then do this; oth­er­wise, con­tinue over the bridge and turn right along the Rive Gauche un­til you come to the Musée d’Or­say in­stead. The grand Beaux Arts build­ing opened as the Or­say rail­way sta­tion in 1900 but was rein­vented as a mu­seum in 1986. Over the past few years it has un­der­gone ren­o­va­tion, with the project set for com­ple­tion in au­tumn. In the mean­time, vis­i­tors can ac­cess the ground floor and level two, which ex­hibit works by Monet, Gau­guin, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec and Bon­nard. En­try is € 8 ($10) and queues can be long so it’s ad­vis­able to pre-book at musee-or­say. fr/en. Open Tues-Sun 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM, un­til 9:45 PM Thurs).

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