Musée de l’Orangerie

When I think of Paris and its beloved history of arts, there are generally two styles that come to mind — over-the-top, gilded Rococo and the comparatively simpler, rawer, Impressionism.

Located in the shadow of the gilded Louvre, the Musée de l’Orangerie is a thoroughly modern space dedicated to the works of Impressionist and post-Impressionist artists. The museum is largely centered around the Nymphéas, an installation of Claude Monet’s illustrious water-lily paintings that takes up an entire floor of the museum. The painting wraps around the walls, surrounding you as you enter into the space — if ever you’ve wondered what it’s like to live in a painting, this may just be the closest you’ll get to finding out.

Entrance is 5€ for those of you with a student id; full-rate is 7.50€. The museum is free on the first Sunday of each month. Also, there’s a 2€ surcharge for the temporary exhibitions.

Jeff Smith

Jeff started in photography and short format video, and he's been at the forefront of the web tv movement. He’s worked on haute couture shoots in Paris, shot street style in Milan, and is currently developing a steady roster of beauty, fashion, and digital clients in NYC.