The first museum to be opened to the French public, back in 1750, the original Musee du Luxembourg showed hundreds of works by the Old Masters that have since been moved to the Louvre. Today the art museum is housed in the former orangery of Luxembourg Palace.
There's no permanent collection at the museum, rather, two exhibitions, organized by the Réunion des Musées Nationaux and the Grand Palais, are shown every year. The museum is known for its curations and lighting, and recent showings have included an exhibit of works by the impressionists, including Monet and Manet, supported by Paul Durand-Ruel.
In the heart of Paris' Latin Quarter, next door to the museum grounds you can visit Angelina Cafe. As the museum is set in the famous Luxembourg Gardens, after a visit, it's popular to take a stroll of the grounds.