Musee de l’Orangerie

14 Jun

First stop of our Nuit des Musees trip. Remember it’s the night when the museums all over France and Europe are free? Well that night was a bit chilly and we weren’t really in the mood to wait in line in the cold outside for hours. Last year we waited for an hour outside the Petit Palais only to be told that the museum was closing and they weren’t letting anyone enter anymore.


We didn’t want that to happen again so this year our target were near and not too popular museums. So, we went to the Musee de l’Orangerie.  This was the first stop because it’s just outside the metro Concorde and is a direct stop on our metro line.


It’s located in the Jardin de Tuilleries opposite the Jeu de Paume. The Musee de l’Orangerie is a gallery of impressionist and post-impressionist works. Claude Monet’s Nympheas is one of the most impressive and well known works in this museum.


There were 3 whole galeries with the water lily paintings sort of wrapped along the walls. Very beautiful.


There were also guided tours for adults and for kids. That’s one thing nice about France – they want culture to be accessible to everyone and they start real young too.



The Orangerie is actually quite a small museum – Paris-wise of course. But inside is a very impressive collection of paintings from Sisley, Matisse, and Picasso just to name a few.


There’s a wide range of style and creativity. Innocent little girls and bad ass mafiosos.





This next one is one of my favorites ever.



When I was living here with my parents, we weren’t able to go see this museum because it has been under renovation and was closed to the public from 1999 to 2006. Soooo long. But all the work has paid off. The architecture is sooo pretty and modern.



Not one of the most popular nor big museums in Paris. It might not be on your itinerary when you first come over, but might be worth the visit on your second or third one.

Musée de l’Orangerie
Jardin des Tuileries
75001 Paris

Metro: Concorde (Line 1, 8 or 12)

Entrance: 7.50€ or get passport tickets with the Musee d’Orsay for 13€


One Response to “Musee de l’Orangerie”

  1. iwasenchantedtomeetyou13 September 10, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

    What’s the name of the work in the second picture?

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