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Musée de l'Orangerie

In 1922 Claude Monet offered eight of his giant Water Lilies panels to the French state, as a way of commemorating the end of WWI. His only condition was that they be displayed in a suitable venue. The French government found the perfect spot: the Orangerie in the Tulieries Garden.

The Orangerie was built in 1852 as a winter shelter for the orange trees that lined the garden of the Tuileries Palace. For a period of time it was also used as a storehouse for goods, a bunk for soldiers, and as a flexible exhibition space. Monet's generous gift transformed it into the Musée de l'Orangerie, a pre-eminent gallery of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings.

The huge (and hugely impressive) Monet paintings are definitely the main event, but they are far from the only reason to visit. The museum also contains works by Cézanne, Matisse, Modigliani, Picasso, Renoir, and Rousseau, among others.

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Customer reviews

Feb 19, 2019
Musée de l'Orangerie
Getting tickets via this app was great. I arrived and there was a line so I quickly downloaded the app, bought my tix and bypassed the line. The Monet waterlilies were breathtaking and the museum was easy to navigate. Several amazing artists showcased here, Picasso, Renoir, Matisse, Cezanne and others.
Feb 9, 2019
Musée de l'Orangerie
The visit was remarkable. The exhibitions are very impressive, and touching. Especially the water lilies by Monet, but not only. There are several great works by other Impressionists as well.
Feb 2, 2019
Musée de l'Orangerie
I never thought that in such a small museum you can have so many masterpieces!
Worth visiting!!!
Jan 11, 2019
Musée de l'Orangerie
Having only seen pictures of these paintings before we had no idea how vast they were. They need to be seen in this amazing setting.
Dec 31, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
Interesting setting and amazing works of art
It shouldn’t be missed
Dec 31, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
A short line to a glorious exhibition!!
Dec 13, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
It was very special seeing these large paintings in the beautiful, light, airy gallery setting that Monet himself designed. Lots of other great artists on show in other parts of the museum. Really enjoyed the Paula Rego exhibition also.
Dec 7, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
Excelent
Dec 6, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
No rush, no crowds, nothing like it anywhere else...
Nov 26, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
They accept ApplePay, and you avoid the lines!!!!