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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

Dec 5, 2017
Musée de l'Orangerie
Tickets we booked worked great, place wasn’t packed but saved time anyway. Good!
Nov 7, 2017
Musée de l'Orangerie
I really enjoyed my time at Musee de l'Orangerie
It is smaller than most museums but very well laid out
Highly recommend the audio guide
Monet's water lilies ... Breathtaking
Oct 26, 2017
Musée de l'Orangerie
So easy to get tickets. Definitely use this service!!
Oct 26, 2017
Musée de l'Orangerie
Very nice, not so full as Louvre.
Oct 25, 2017
Musée de l'Orangerie
It was perfect!
Oct 13, 2017
Musée de l'Orangerie
Extraordinary - here the visitor gets the best and most beautiful experience in respect of French classical painters. Prepare for several visits - walk via the Tuileries on a sunny autumn day and take in Paris with the L’Orangerie as the final price!
Oct 12, 2017
Musée de l'Orangerie
Easy, tickets delivered to smartphone without need for downloading the app,- very straightforward and recommend.
Oct 11, 2017
Musée de l'Orangerie
Perfect. Was able to get in easily. Not a busy day but no issue.
Sep 30, 2017
Musée de l'Orangerie
It was great and not too busy
Sep 27, 2017
Musée de l'Orangerie
While the collection was smaller than a lot of Musee, it made it up by having top notch paintings. The Water Lilies were quite stunning.