Musee de l'Orangerie
The Musee de l’Orangerie in Paris is an art gallery that features Impression and Post Impression art. Originally built in 1852 to protect the orange trees in the Tuileries Gardens it was used mainly for that purpose. Later it was used to house mobilized soldiers, an examination room, and to display exhibitions of industry, animals, plants, and rare displays of painting. Located in Paris, France along the Seine, near the Place de la Concorde, it is easy to find. With its gorgeous glass dome, and its location in the gardens, you can’t miss it. It is open daily from 9am to 6pm, with the last entry being allowed at 5:15 pm. They are closed on Tuesdays.
Claude Monet requested to donate panels to the government to celebrate the end of World War I, so it was suggested they install his paintings at the newly available Orangerie. These panels were the famousNymphéas (Water Lilies) that were in his famous gardens. The panels were originally installed on the first floor but have been since moved the upper floor of the gallery. Because Monet did not want to part with the panels before his death, they weren’t installed until January 31, 1927. The following May the Orangerie opened to the public
The gallery features the works of Claude Monet, Picasso, Matisse, and Soutine, as well as other great artists from this period. There is a daily diary on the gallery’s webpage where you can find out about guided tours, workshops, concerts, meetings, and lectures; everything the gallery has planned. This is a great feature as you can book ahead and plan your visit.
Other things to visit in the area include Place de la Concorde, a beautiful, posh square with luxury hotels, shopping, and some of the classic architecture Paris is known for. There are the always-beautiful Tuilieres Gardens, which are lovely no matter what time of year, but best in spring and summer.
As is the case with anything in Paris, in the high season, it can get crowded, but the lines here won’t be like those of the Louvre, you can expect maybe to wait 30 minutes in high season and much less in low season, if there is a wait at all. The best time of year to visit would be anytime, there is always something to see and the gallery is beautiful. If you don’t like crowds come during the low season.
The Orangerie is fairly easy to get to and is not far from most Metro stops in Paris. As it is centrally located, if you are staying in Paris it should take no more than 30 minutes from the farthest points of Paris. The Metro stop that is the closest is Concorde. You can drive as well, but this is not recommended because the traffic in central Paris is horrific and the price of parking can be astronomical. Uber is a good option if you’d rather not take the metro as it has the added benefit of being affordable with door-to-door service.
The cost of a ticket is 9 euro, or 6.50 for non-EU students under 26. EU students 26 and under are free. The 1st Sunday of the month is free for everyone.