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Discover the Musée de l’Orangerie

The Musée de l’Orangerie is an art museum located on the Jardin des Tuileries and is home to some of the most significant impressionist paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries.

History

The Musée de l’Orangerie hasn’t always been the magnificent impressionism/post-impressionism art museum it is today. As its name insinuates, the museum first housed orange trees found on the garden of Tuileries. The orangery was built in 1852 by Firmin Bourgeois and completed by Ludovico Visconti. The museum didn’t open as an art museum until 1927, when it first displayed Claude Monet’s infamous Nymphéas paintings of water lilies. Now, the Musée de l’Orangerie houses eight of Monet’s Nymphéas paintings as well as paintings from artists such as Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Chaim Soutine, Henri Rousseau, and Alfred Sisley in the Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume collections.

For a more complete history, check out the Musée de l’Orangerie Wikipedia page.

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What To See

The Musée de l’Orangerie is home to some of the most wonderful paintings by Henri Matisse and Chaim Soutine, but the must-see pieces are Claude Monet’s eight paintings from Nymphéas. It’s likely that you will see these paintings first since they are located on the first floor of the museum. As you walk into the all-white, oval room, you will be taken aback by the impressiveness and grandeur of the first four paintings. Blues and violets curve with the walls, almost as if Monet painted his water lilies right in that room. Moving closer to get a more detailed view, the image no longer looks like water lilies in a pond, but rather looks like a mélange of thick violet paint strokes. Stepping back, you see how perfectly Monet has depicted natural light within his work. It is impressionism at its finest.

Walking downstairs brings you to the Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume Collections. Here, you will find beautiful paintings from Matisse, Cezanne, Soutine, Rousseau, Picasso and others. These paintings are organized more traditionally, each work within a frame hung on the wall. Thanks to a fair selection of paintings from each artist, you will see how their styles and subjects changed over time (or, for some artists, how these things remained the same). The Musée de l’Orangerie houses some truly great works of art from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Planning Your Visit

Tickets and Prices

The Musée de l’Orangerie offers tickets for Independent Tours, Guided Tours, and Group Tours. The museum is free to visitors under 18 years old.

Independent Tours

Full rate: €9 (visitors older than 25 years)

Reduced rate: €6.50 (visitors ages 18 – 25)

Guided Tours

Full rate: €6

Reduced rate: €4.50

Guided Tours are available in English and French at different times throughout the day. A timetable is available on the Musée de l’Orangerie website.

Group Tours

To set up a Group Tour at the Musée de l’Orangerie you must contact the museum directly via telephone or email. Contact information can be at the bottom of this page.

Check out our Culture and Arts ticket package to begin planning your visit to some of the best art museums in Paris, including the Musée de l’Orangerie.

Getting There

The Musée de l’Orangerie is located on the Jardin des Tuileries on the bank of the Seine in the 1st arrondissement near Place de la Concorde.

To get there, you can take the metro Line 1 to the stop Concorde and then walk across the Jardin des Tuileries to the museum. Or, take either Bus 94 or Bus 72 to the stop Concorde and walk to the Musée de l’Orangerie from there. To plan a route via public transportation, use the RATP website for help.

The museum is accessible by car, as well. There are three car parking lots located near l’Orangerie: Jardin des Tuileries et Carrousel, Rue du Mont-Thabor, and Rue des Pyramides.

The Musée de l’Orangerie is truly a must-see attraction in Paris.

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Disneyland Paris Hotels

Disneyland Paris Hotels

Disneyland Paris Hotels

Are you visiting Disneyland Paris but aren’t sure where to stay? Check out this review of Disneyland Paris Hotels to pick the one that suits you and your needs best!

If you want the total Disney experience during your stay at Disneyland Paris, there are seven Disney hotels you can choose from. Staying in Disney hotels offers many benefits such as free shuttle service to the parks, FASTPASS services, and access extra park hours.

Here is a comprehensive list of all of the Disneyland Paris Hotels.

1. Disneyland Hotel – most luxurious

If you are looking to live in luxury during your stay, the Disneyland Hotel is perfect for you.

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This is a 5-star hotel located right at the entrance of Disneyland Paris Park, steps away from all of the rides and characters. Its Victorian-era design allows you to escape from the modernity of today. Included in its facilities are a swimming pool, a gym, a spa room, room service, and three dining options with character dining*.

*This is the only Disneyland Paris hotel that offers character dining!

2. Disney’s Hotel New York – our pick!

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This stylish 4-star hotel is located right next to Disney Village, about a 10-minute walk from the park. This New York style building allows you to live like a true New Yorker during your stay in Paris, complete with spacious rooms and the largest pool at Disneyland Paris. Many of the same amenities offered at the Disneyland Hotel are offered here, as well.

3. Disney’s Newport Bay Club – best views

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This newly renovated, mansion-style hotel is located right on Lake Disney with a 15-minute walk to the Disney parks. The inside of the Newport Bay Club is designed with the sea in mind – each room is nautical themed! With Lake Disney right next your window, it might be hard to remember that you are in-fact just outside of the city of Paris! Don’t feel like walking to the parks from Disney’s Newport Bay Club? Take the free shuttle!

4. Disney’s Sequoia Lodge – most cozy

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The Sequoia Lodge is perfect for people looking for people looking to cuddle up next to a campfire and relax. Here, you can imagine you’re in the mountains, surrounded by tall trees and Lake Disney. Bambi-themed rooms fit the theme perfectly. This hotel is a 15 minute walk from the Disney Parks (or a quick ride on the free shuttle) and offers two dining options, a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna.

5. Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne – best theme

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Are Old Westerns your favorite movies? Do you know someone who loves cowboys? If so, Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne is the right place for you! This hotel is decked out in Old West decorations, with a saloon and Woody-themed rooms. It is a 20-minute walk or a few minute shuttle ride from the Disneyland Parks. Unfortunately, there is no pool at this hotel, but there are two dining options, an indoor play area, and pony rides.

 

6. Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe – best value

Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe is great for people who want the Disney experience, but also want to save some money. Out of all the Disney hotels, this one has the best value. Guests can enjoy Disney Pixar’s Cars-themed rooms and two dining options. Although there isn’t a pool, there is a boutique, a video game room, and an indoor play area for kids. You can get to the Disney Parks from Hotel Sante Fe via the free shuttle.

7. Disney’s Davy Crockett Ranch – a different experience

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This ranch-style accommodation is much different from the aforementioned hotels. Located 15 minutes away from Disneyland Paris by car, Davy Crockett’s Ranch offers guests the ability to get in touch with their natural side. The cabin-style rooms come equipped with kitchenettes, but have no fear, there are two dining options on the premises. Although this hotel won’t give you that typical Disney experience, it offers the Davy Crockett Adventure, a treetop playground for climbers of all ages looking to explore.

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Disney’s FASTPASS Services

If you choose to stay in a Disney hotel, you may have easy access to Disney FASTPASS services! Depending on the type of room you choose to stay in, you could have access to the V.I.P. FASTPASS or the regular FASTPASS.

At the Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s New York Hotel, Disney’s Newport Bay Club, and Disney’s Sequoia Lodge, if you choose to stay in a Suite room, you will receive a V.I.P. FASTPASS. If you stay in the next best quality room, you will receive a regular FASTPASS.

So, what’s the difference between a V.I.P. FASTPASS and a FASTPASS? The V.I.P. FASTPASS gives guests unlimited access to all FASTPASS lanes. The FASTPASS gives guests access to FASTPASS lanes only once they have been given their designated time to go on the ride.

Getting There

Staying at a Disneyland Paris hotel comes with many benefits, one of the most important being Disney’s Magic Shuttle airport shuttle service to and from CDG or Orly airports and Disneyland Paris Hotels.

Magic Shuttle Info

Since parking is available at the park and at each hotel, you have the option of driving to your Disneyland Paris Hotel as well. More detailed driving instructions to Disneyland Paris can be found in this article.

A third option would be taking the RER A train to Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy. Disneyland Paris is about a few minutes walk from this train stop.

Taking the RER

Amplify your Disneyland Paris experience by choosing to stay in a Disneyland Paris Hotel.

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