Perhaps unsurprisingly, the building that houses today's Musée d'Orsay was not initially built for this purpose. Its life started off as the Gare d'Orsay train station built at the same time as the Eiffel Tower in time for the 1900 World Fair in Paris.
The station functioned until 1939, when its small size made it defunct for servicing newer longer trains. For some time, it stopped being a major train station, but continued to service some local routes. In the seventies, the station narrowly avoided the bulldozer and a decision was made to turn it into an art gallery for all art between the classic display at the Louvre and the modern art exhibition at the George Pompidou Centre. In December 1986, the Museum opened its doors for the first time and is now one of France's most popular attractions.
There are a great number of exceptional pieces of art in this museum, and it is hard to single out any above the others, but here are just some of the most well-known artists included in the exhibitions:
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