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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.


See more pictures after the jump


The Musee du Quai Branly Gift Shop

13 Jun

Thanks to the husband’s job, we have a pass to go to the Louvre and the Musee du Quai Branly anytime we want. This includes all permanent collections, temporary exhibits, talks, and any other activity in those two museums. We haven’t used it to go to the Louvre yet. I think I got sick of the museum when I was living in Paris with my parents and I was tasked to go tour the Louvre with our visitors.

But we have used the pass a lot of times to go to see the Musee du Quai Branly. It features indigenous art and what-nots from Asia, Africa, Oceana – in other words – exotic tribal stuff. We have seen the temporary exhibits on the Dogon, the Baba lifestyle exhibit, and have attended a talk on cannibalism. Culture kung culture ito.

And everytime we go there, I always make it a point to pass by their gift shop. I haven’t bought anything yet, and they don’t often change what they sell but I still like looking at the bric-a-bracs sold in the store, often made from emerging countries.

I super love the colorful hippos – some are piggy banks (or should I say hippo banks), some can be used as paper weights I guess or just as decoration.

But wait, there are more goodies here

Musee Rodin

3 May

I didn’t really know of Rodin’s works. I know he’s a very famous sculptor but that’s about it.

So on the first Sunday of February, the husband decided to knock some culture into me took me to go see the Musee Rodin in the 7th arrondissement. A couple of national museums in Paris can be accessed for free on the first Sunday of every month – sweet!

What greeted me was a fabulous hotel particulier with pretty modern sculptures in front and a huge and I mean Huge garden at the back with views of both the Eiffel tower and gold dome of Les Invalides.

To the right of the entrance was of course the most popular sculpture – The Thinker, or Le Penseur in french.

Le Penseur – The Thinker

On the left were The Gates of Hell (I think I saw this at the Musee d’Orsay a few years back) and Les Bourgeois de Calais.

The Gates of Hell

Les Bourgeois de Calais

Inside there were more amazing sculptures. Finished and unfinished works by the master. It was very interesting. They even explain the steps on how Rodin’s sculptures were created. From the first clay model to the finished product.

It was definitely an eye opener. I appreciated this little wonder than the Musee d’Orsay with its thousands of sculptures. It’s amazing that you can be in a building and garden like this and still be in Paris – with its tiny apartments and pockets of parks.

If you are planning to visit Paris and are thinking of other museums to see – this should definitely be on your list. If you’re not into the sculptures then just go and have a walk in the gardens.

Entrance at night

Les Invalides, Eiffel tower, Le Penseur – there’s only one place where you can see all three at the same time.

Musee Rodin

79 Rue de Varennes 75007 Paris

Metro: Varenne or Invalides

Musee Guimet

7 Feb

Transferred to Paris from Lyon in 1885, Musee Guimet is a museum of Asian Art in the 16th arrondissement. It is not as big as the newly construced Musee du Quai Branly which also houses Asian art but the collection in Guimet is as interesting.

The museum was founded by an industrialist named Emile Etienne Guimet. He was commissioned to study the religions of the Far East and most of the objects in the museum came from this expedition.

Although not a lot of people know about it, it is actually one of the 12 major museums in France and is the largest museum of Buddhist art in Europe.

The Musee Guimet is located at 6 Place d’Iena in the 16th. Metro line 9: Iena. It is open every day except Tuesday and full entrance is 7,50€

Don’t forget, the entrance to national museums all over France is free every first Sunday of the month!