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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

Jul 12, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
Pre purchased ticket leads to much shorter queue. Waterlilies beautiful and well worth seeing. Other paintings nice. Good trip but SO WORTH PREBOOKING
Jul 11, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
Loved it! If you are a Monet fan it is a must.
Jul 8, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
I am a true art lover and have been a docent for 50 years. This is THE BEST exhibit I have ever seen.
Jul 6, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
Seamless entrance to the lovely Musée
Jul 6, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
Easy site to use. Very good experience!
Jul 5, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
Beautiful museum. Our tickets got us past the wait line of ticket buyers. Museum was user friendly and an easy size to see and enjoy without museum fatigue.
Especially loved getting a snack in the gift shop on the way out and bathrooms were good sized and convenient! All around good experience!
Jul 5, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
Short waiting time due to security check.
Fabulous museum.
Jul 5, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
Without stress!
Jul 3, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
No need to print out. No need to wait in the queue.
Jul 2, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
Favorite museum in Paris!