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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

Nov 15, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
Small but absolutely beautiful.
Nov 11, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
Wonderful Monet paintings!
Nov 10, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
Monet - Tres excellent!
Nov 10, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
Amazing but try to go early before the crowds arrive
Nov 8, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
Excellent website. So simple to buy tickets in advance.
Nov 3, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
Lots of pieces to see, by a variety of famous artists. Fantastic to see Monet’s waterlilies too. You could spend as much time as you liked there. We saw works by Renoir, Picasso, Cezanne and Matisse. Highly recommend
Nov 1, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
Buying the tickets online was easy but there is no separate entrance to the museum for ticket holders who have bought tickets in advance. Luckily we didn't have to wait too long to enter.
Oct 29, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
Signs directed us into a separate queue for people with pre-booked tickets.We were admitted quickly and efficiently. An excellent service.
Oct 28, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
Absolutely wonderful museum! I can't say the skip the line tickets saved us any time because there was practically no line at the time of our visit -- but that was probably just a coincidence as it's really hard to gauge how long the long will be at any given time and we were happy to just have them and be done with it! We arrived with about three hours to closing time which was enough time to really soak in every single gallery, including the temporary exhibit which was fabulous. The Water Lily rooms were PACKED upon our arrival and sort of unpleasant (but still beautiful) but we went back in during the final fifteen minutes of the museum's opening and there was NO ONE in there! A stunning experience. Highly recommend coming in the afternoon and staying until closing time to get some private/much quieter time in the Water Lily rooms. We used Tickets multiple times in Paris and were very pleased. We will use the service again!
Oct 25, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
Très belle et riche collection. Les commentaires de l'audioguide sont nombreux et très intéressants;
Les nymphéas sont toujours aussi sublimes