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long lines ? or advance tickets

We are going to be in Paris the end of October 2013. Does anyone know if there are normally long lines for le Orangerie or for the Arc de Triomphe ? Is there a way to purchase tickets in advance ? We don't want a Museum Pass as we won't be seeing that many Museums and it isn't worth the cost for us. Thanks for any help !

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We were at the Arc during a "free day". I believe it was European Heritage Weekend, but they also have them on the first Sunday of each month. Anyway, the line was no more than 15 minutes.

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Bad lines to the Orangerie are unusual. I'd only worry if there is a special, temporary exhibition that's been listed as a big draw. I've found the excellent permanent collection to be pleasantly uncrowded. I wouldn't buy October tickets in advance for anything except the Eiffel Tower and Opera Tickets. I do like the Museum pass, in general.

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By the way, at the Arc de Triomphe, if you are elderly. or infirm there is an elevator

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The main source of advance tickets in France is FNAC. Looking at their Paris museum ticket page: I see that the Orangerie indeed has a special exhibit when you are there, on Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, and that advance tickets from FNAC are €11.70. I have no idea how that compares with buying tickets at the museum itself. But if you want to get tickets in advance from FNAC, you can use the website, or go to one of their stores (there are multiple locations around Paris, and indeed all over France; the one in Forum des Halles is closest to the Orangerie).