Musee de l'Orangerie#8 in Best Things To Do in Paris
An extension of Musée d'Orsay, Musée de l'Orangerie features a wide selection of impressionist and post-impressionist art. It is best known for its enlarged “Water Lilies” paintings by artist Claude Monet. The eight massive paintings are divided across two oval rooms that are filled with natural light from a glass roof. Monet increased the size of these paintings with the intention of fully immersing viewers in their beauty, especially after the hardships of World War I. Beyond the “Water Lilies” series, Musée de l'Orangerie boasts the Jean Walter-Paul Guillaume collection, which features works by artists like Renoir, Cézanne, Picasso, Matisse and more.
Museum visitors – especially Monet fans – said this gallery is a must-see. They were pleased to discover it was a relatively small building, meaning it can be completed fairly quickly if you are in a time-crunch. The smaller space also translates to less crowds, which many museumgoers appreciated.
Musée de l'Orangerie is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Monday and closed on Tuesday and several holidays. Final admission is at 5:15 p.m. each day. Tickets cost 9 euros (about $10) for visitors ages 18 and older, while guests younger than 18 get in for free. EU residents can gain free entry up to age 25. If you are planning to visit Musée d'Orsay during your trip as well, consider opting for a combined ticket for 18 euros (about $20); you do not need to visit both museums on the same day. For more information, visit the gallery's website.
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#1 Notre-Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale de Notre Dame de Paris)
Note that the cathedral sustained significant damage as a result of a fire on April 15, 2019. Its wooden roof and spire collapsed during the fire. It remains closed until further notice.
Like the Eiffel Tower, the Notre-Dame Cathedral is seen as a Parisian icon. Located right along the picturesque River Seine, the Notre-Dame Cathedral is considered a Gothic masterpiece and is often regarded as one of the best Gothic cathedrals of its kind in the world. Construction of the famous cathedral started in the late 10th century and final touches weren't made until nearly 200 years later. And once you get an eyeful of the cathedral yourself, you'll start to understand why it took so long.
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