Orangerie Mini trip report

Jun 2nd, 2006, 06:39 AM
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Thank you for the clarification on the dates, Morgan. I guess I misinterpreted what you said, so that may have been my thinking. I do understand, and I think that is true for other museum reservations you can buy at FNAC, also. I seem to recall you often can't do that for the next day. Of course, a lot of the time, it's just because they are all sold out for the near future, but there may be other reasons.

Anyway, it is a great resource to be able to make these reservations at FNAC way into the future, as I'm sure it will be very crowded there for a long while and definitely all this summer.

I will admit that I'm not clear about the museum pass and reservation issue, either. Many museums that require timed reservations for certain events will not allow someone with a museum pass in without a time reservation, and you often have to make that in advance for popular exhibits. You may get the reservation free with the pass, but I am wondering if you just show up at the Orangerie with the pass and no reservation, they will either give you one for possibly 4-5 hours away, or tell you they are booked for that day.

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Jun 2nd, 2006, 07:17 AM
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Jun 2nd, 2006, 07:29 AM
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Cindy: Sorry I read your question and forgot to answer. So for everyone that asked: Museum passes do not require a reservation. Just walk right up and they will let you in. A entry ticket with reservation would be ideal for those not needing the museum pass.

The museum pass as I understand it only allows access to permentant collections. For example, if the Louvre has a temporary exhibit that you would like to visit, that would require a seperate ticket which could be purchased day of or with reservation at the FNAC .

Melissa: how much time you spend there I suppose would depend on your pace. I spent about 1h45 minutes there and I moved fairly quickly because I didnt have alot of time that day. If you want to give each painting the attention it deserves I would say 2h30 mins or more. If you want to take in a few of the highlights but are on a schedule, you could spend as little as 1 hour there.
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Jun 2nd, 2006, 07:36 AM
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Here's some more info that may be useful:

Museum hours:

Open every day but Tuesdays, the 1st of may and the 25th of December.

Open from 12h30 to 7 pm. Open on Friday to 9 pm.

Entry cost: 6.50 euros or reduced rate of 4.50. Tickets with reservation are a bit more. Free the first Sunday of every month.

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Jun 2nd, 2006, 07:38 AM
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Jun 2nd, 2006, 07:57 AM
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thanks, Morgan. I'm going in September and am so happy that the museum will be open. I am looking forward to it. I plan to have a museum pass so this will work out just great!
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Jun 2nd, 2006, 08:05 AM
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Thanks Morgan, this has been a great discussion, thank you for starting it. We will be in Paris again this fall and the Orangerie is on our "A" list! Your report answered a lot of my questions.
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Morgan, I know TA is very strict about advertising (not always if you look at Nevers forum, there is a big ad and nobody cares)and about some comments. People just come and ask questions and that's it, then they go away sometimes without even a thank you.
TA stole your posting then? What a shame!They're strict but they break the law, Take them to court!

Now I'm going to top your posting there! ;-)
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Jun 2nd, 2006, 05:12 PM
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Regarding the museum pass...we had museum passes and went to the L'Orangerie on lst Saturday at 12:15 pm. The line in front of the closed chain link gate entrance snaked all the way across the width of the Tuileries to the Museum (Musee du Jeu de Paume)on the opposite corner. At 12:30 the line started to this point with a security guard at the may skip the line if you have a museum pass, go to the gate and show it and he will allow you in. You proceed to the line on the right side of the Museum entrance for reservation holders and pass holders. There are not many people there and they let you in the door 10 at a time. We saw the entire museum in an hour and found the people we had stood with in the long line were just now entering the Museum.
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Jun 3rd, 2006, 12:13 AM
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Coco: Thanks for topping the message I am sure all posts become property of TA so I bet i cant sue lol.

kasialouise: that whole chain link fence, security guard setup is gone now. It was there the first day I went only. Was probably for crowd control the first few days.
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Jun 3rd, 2006, 03:58 AM
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Luisah, maybe don't feel bad about being passed. They may have been going to the museum proper and not the exhibit, which required an extra ticket/admission.
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Jun 5th, 2006, 08:10 AM
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I am sorry for being dense but am still a bit confused -- does the museum pass provide access to the L'Orangerie as well as admission to the Waterlillies or do the Waterlillies require a timed admission which should be purchased in advance vrom FNAC? Merci.
Jun 5th, 2006, 08:24 AM
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Waterlilly paintings are part of the permenant collection and is included in entry to the museum. You may enter by standing in line, by passing the line with a museum pass, or by purchasing an entry with a reserved entry time at the FNAC.
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Jun 5th, 2006, 09:36 AM
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MorganB, thank you for posting this as I've wanted to go to the Orangerie since before my 1st trip to Paris. May I say this, I'M SO JEALOUS!! I was just there in February & had no inkling they'd be opening so soon. If I'd known I might've postponed my trip.

Well, this gives us hope for la Samaritaine, no?!?
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Thank you for clarifying.

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