I have visited L'Orangerie several times before and always enjoy it. The downstairs collection of mainly expressionist paintings (Utrillo, Matisse, Renoir, Modigliani, Soutine and Derain), is excellent. It is always breathtaking to go into the galleries which house Monet's massive Waterlillies works which were painted later in life when his eyesight was failing and which he gifted to the nation. The layout of the galleries could be improved by having some sort of one-way system so that one could stand or sit quietly without loads of people walking past on their way out.
Get there early or arrive in the rain as I did, to avoid queues and for €16 you can buy a combined "Passeport" giving admission to both the Orangerie and the Musée D'Orsay. That ticket means only one lot of queuing and can be used over a 3 day period.
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