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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

Apr 19, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
Absolutely Wonderful!!A must see in Paris!!
Loved it
Apr 16, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
Straight forward, best the queues and worked well on the phone.
Apr 15, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
Awesome museum and intimate. Great 2-3 hour activity. Monet is amazing and the artist inspired by him. Well done.
Apr 15, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
The exhibits in the museum were very interesting especially the Monet pieces. Worth seeing
Apr 14, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
Very smooth entry process. No wait.
Apr 14, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
The Nympheas are essential viewing on every visit to Paris
Apr 12, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
It was easy, fast and very smooth,
Mar 29, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
Very helpful
Mar 18, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
Love this museum’s collection, but it is crowded on the weekends. Go midweek and early to have time and space to enjoy the artwork.
Feb 24, 2018
Musée de l'Orangerie
Nice place to visit. Late afternoon may be a bit crowded.