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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

Sep 20, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
It was easy to operate, and accepted I immediately by the Museum we visited.
Sep 19, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
No worries about satellite signals, it opens instantly.
Sep 17, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
Easy, skipped the long line definitely worth the small fee.
Sep 17, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
Well worth a visit.
Sep 16, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
Excellent
Sep 11, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
Sent the tickets electronically which saved time and hastle! Beautiful and very accessible meseum especially ahead of a visit to Giverny!
Sep 10, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
The tickets to Musée de l’Orangerie were easy to buy on the internet and although the museum was not crowded at 09:30, those who had already purchased tickets were offered a separate entry line. Quick and easy.
Sep 8, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
Excellent service with electronic ticket. Quick entry into the Musee. We enjoyed the excellent collection and the Monet exhibition.
Beautiful venue
Sep 5, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
At first I was a bit disappointed because it was very short & sweet until I discovered the gallery of paintings downstairs!!
Aug 16, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
Muse’s L’Orangerie is a must for anyone who is a fan of Monet. The large panels of Monet’s work are beautiful and the whole collection is well worth seeing. The size of the museum also makes is a pleasure to visit because it is large enough to be interesting but not so large as to overwhelm. It’s location is right in the heart of everything. L