Europe's Most-Visited Tourist Attractions

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Darcy Strobel

The new European Grand Tour counts museums, ancient ruins, churches, and some surprises.

No. 16 Musée d’Orsay, Paris

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Annual Visitors: 2,985,510

This decommissioned station on the Left Bank of the Seine became a museum in 1986. While the remarkable collection of Impressionist art is the main draw, the ornate details of this Beaux-Arts-style building—including the arched glass barrel ceiling over the main hall—are a close second. Many French weren’t pleased with the museum’s decision to fund a multimillion-dollar renovation by sending hundreds of its masterworks on tour. But the traveling shows thrilled visitors to Tokyo’s National Art Center and San Francisco’s de Young Museum in 2010. —Lyndsey Matthews

Source: The Art Newspaper

Europe's Most-Visited Tourist Attractions

No. 16 Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Annual Visitors: 2,985,510

This decommissioned station on the Left Bank of the Seine became a museum in 1986. While the remarkable collection of Impressionist art is the main draw, the ornate details of this Beaux-Arts-style building—including the arched glass barrel ceiling over the main hall—are a close second. Many French weren’t pleased with the museum’s decision to fund a multimillion-dollar renovation by sending hundreds of its masterworks on tour. But the traveling shows thrilled visitors to Tokyo’s National Art Center and San Francisco’s de Young Museum in 2010. —Lyndsey Matthews

Source: The Art Newspaper

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