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Tickets for Musée de l'Orangerie

Water Lilies and more Impressionist masterpieces

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Via dedicated entrance 'visitors with reservations'
Opening hours
09:00 - 18:00
Best time to visit
In the morning
Smartphone tickets accepted
Wheelchair accessible

Highlights

  • See eight of Claude Monet’s famed Water Lilies bathed in natural light, in two oval rooms purpose-built to the artist's own specifications
  • A perfect complement to a visit to the nearby Musée d'Orsay, just with fewer people and more space to enjoy works by Impressionist masters
  • Holds a superb collection of works from luminaries including Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Paul Cézanne, and Auguste Renoir

Description

The Musée de l'Orangerie is a gallery of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings. The huge (and hugely impressive) Monet paintings - Water Lilies - are definitely the main event, but they are far from the only reason to visit; the museum also contains works by Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Renoir, and Rousseau, among others. A superb collection of canvases, in a beautiful and airy setting.

When WWI was coming to close, Claude Monet, one of the founders of Impressionism (the term 'impressionism' comes from a painting he made), offered some canvases to the French state.

He wrote a letter to the Prime Minister stating that, "It's not much, but it's the only way I have of taking part in the victory." His only condition was that his paintings be housed in a suitable venue. The then-underused Orangerie in the Tulieries Garden was just the spot.

The two oval rooms that display the eight massive (2x6m) canvases were partially designed by Monet himself; unsurprisingly they make great use of natural light. These paintings, which showcase his groundbreaking brush techniques, are the undeniable centerpiece of the museum, (and the setting for a key scene in Woody Allen's 2011 film Midnight in Paris).

It's remarkable that every square inch of each canvas seems to have been treated with the same loving attention to detail and painstaking effort - despite the artist suffering from cataracts at the time.

In addition to the Monets, the museum has a broad collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings. In another museum, these works - by artists including Matisse, Picasso Cézanne, and Renoir - would be the pride of the collection.

Renovated between 2000-2006, the museum is bright and well-planned (and because it doesn't have the name recognition of the nearby Musée d'Orsay, blessedly less crowded). So, like the characters in Midnight in Paris, take some time to soak up some of the finest art of the 20th century (and seize the chance to see the Water Lilies in a custom-built space).

Location

Musée de l'Orangerie
Jardin des Tuileries 75001
Paris

Directions

What's included?

  • Entrance to the museum via dedicated line (but you can't skip the security check)
  • Access to permanent and temporary exhibition

Additional information

How to use your tickets

Show your mobile ticket at the separate line for 'visitors with tickets' and walk right through. Please note that there is an obligatory security check - which can't be skipped.

Note

Suitcases, backpacks, and other oversized objects aren't allowed in the museum. This rule is strictly enforced, so you'll need to make other arrangements for your suitcases and steamer trunks

Customer reviews

Angela , United States
Dec 6, 2016
Very peaceful. Wonderful.
Anne , France
Nov 26, 2016
A magical moment with Monet's water lillies
John , United Kingdom
Nov 24, 2016
No particular comment
Kris
Nov 2, 2016
Great not having to queue
Don
Oct 31, 2016
Glad to be able to see it and digest its history, but visually not that big a deal. We were vastly more impressed with the Musee D'Orsay and enjoyed it much more.
Marine
Oct 31, 2016
Good service.
Mary
Oct 30, 2016
Awesome museum! great to skip a very long line.
Mary Jane
Oct 24, 2016
an outstanding exhibition of American art!
jen
Oct 11, 2016
Skip the line straight in. Beautiful gallery. Mmmmonet.
Florence
Oct 9, 2016
Money's waterlillies are breathtaking