Eurostar Plus collection grows – Internationally acclaimed Musée d’Orsay in Paris is the latest addition

27 Jun 2011

Get more from your Eurostar ticket with Eurostar Plus!

Eurostar, the high-speed train passenger service linking the UK with the Continent, is partnering with the world renowned Musée d'Orsay museum in Paris, and will now be included in Eurostar's successful "Eurostar Plus" range of added value for travellers.

Eurostar Plus is accessed via the Eurostar website (www.eurostar.com) and helps travellers get more from their Eurostar tickets. The programme brings together a range of offers and discounts under different badges including culture, shopping, food and destination information.

The Musée d'Orsay is the latest addition to "Eurostar Plus Culture", which offers travellers 2 for 1 exhibition entry at some of Europe's finest museums and galleries, simply by showing their Eurostar tickets.

Housed in the former Gare d'Orsay, this striking museum on the banks of the Seine is a work of art in itself. The world renowned collection encompasses some of the world's finest artists from 1848 to 1914 including paintings, sculptures, furniture and photography. Most famous though is its extensive collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces from painters such as Cézanne, Degas, Gauguin, Manet, Monet, Renoir, Seurat, Sisley and Van Gogh.

New areas of the Musée d'Orsay will be unveiled to the public on 20 October, including the thoroughly renovated great Impressionist gallery, a pavilion devoted to the decorative arts and the café designed by the Campana brothers. In addition, the museum will celebrate Britain from 13 September to 5 January with the exhibition Beauty, Morals and Voluptuousness in the England of Oscar Wilde, derived from the London Victoria & Albert museum's show Cult of Beauty.

Reuben Arnold, Eurostar's Head of Commercial Development, commented: "We are always looking for new ways to provide our travellers with added value every time they travel with us. We are proud to be able to offer access to some of the world's finest works of art through our exclusive partnerships with museums and galleries in our core destinations. As one of Paris's most popular museums, we are delighted with the addition of the Musée d'Orsay to the Eurostar Plus Culture programme."

Other museums and galleries included in the "Eurostar Plus Culture" programme are-

In Paris
Les Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Le musée du quai Branly, la Cité de la musique, le Jeu de Paume, and le Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris.

In Brussels
Bozar (the Centre for Fine Arts), the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium (including the Museum of Ancient Art and the Museum of Modern Art) and the Musical Instrument Museum.

For more information about Eurostar Plus, to book Eurostar tickets or purchase Eurostar gift vouchers visit www.eurostar.com or call 03448 224 777.

For more information about Eurostar Plus, to book Eurostar tickets or purchase Eurostar gift vouchers visit www.eurostar.com or call 03448 224 777.

Note to editors:

About Eurostar

1. Eurostar is the high-speed train service linking St Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International, Ashford International, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Calais, Disneyland Resort Paris, Avignon and the French Alps.

2. Eurostar was established in 1994 as a partnership between three railway companies: SNCF, SNCB and LCR (London and Continental Railways). On 1 September 2010, Eurostar became a single, unified corporate entity owned by three shareholders: SNCF, SNCB and LCR.

3. The current Eurostar train was first introduced into service in 1994 carrying 750 passengers and operating at speeds of up to 300kph. Since then, the fleet of 28 trains has carried more than 115 million passengers between London and the Continent. Following their refurbishment these trains will continue to form a core part of the Eurostar fleet.

4. Eurostar is a founder member of Railteam, a partnership between Europe's leading high-speed train operators that is developing simpler ways to book and travel on the fast-expanding, European high-speed rail network.

5. Eurostar and Eurotunnel are entirely separate companies. Eurostar operates high-speed passenger trains, while Eurotunnel operates vehicle shuttle services and the Channel Tunnel itself. Eurostar is Eurotunnel's biggest customer.

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