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Tickets for Musée de l'Orangerie

Water Lilies and more Impressionist masterpieces

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Overview
Opening hours
Today:  09:00 - 18:00
Tomorrow:  09:00 - 18:00
Friday:  09:00 - 18:00
Saturday:  09:00 - 18:00
Sunday:  09:00 - 18:00
Monday:  09:00 - 18:00
Tuesday:  Closed
Best time to visit
In the morning
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
Exhibitions
The cruel stories of Paula Rego
Now on - Jan 14, 2019

The cruel stories of Paula Rego is an exhibition exploring the highly topical work of the acclaimed London Group's sole female member, Paula Rego. Obsessed by the literary and cultural visions of the 19th century, Rego intertwines fantastical references with strong autobiographical elements and the social and political issues of contemporary life. The dark narratives of her paintings evoke twisted visions of cruelty, social codes, and women's issues in strange times. Her work has never been more relevant than now.

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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).

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Ticket features
Instant ticket delivery
Smartphone tickets accepted
What's included
  • Entrance to the museum via dedicated line (but you can't skip the security check)
  • Access to permanent and temporary exhibition
Instructions

Show your smartphone ticket at the line for 'Visitors with tickets'.

Cancellation

Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.

Venue
Address
Musée de l'Orangerie
Jardin des Tuileries, 75001, Paris
Key info
Wheelchair accessible
Reviews
Nov 15, 2018
Small but absolutely beautiful.
Nov 11, 2018
Wonderful Monet paintings!
Nov 10, 2018
Monet - Tres excellent!
Nov 10, 2018
Amazing but try to go early before the crowds arrive
Nov 8, 2018
Excellent website. So simple to buy tickets in advance.
Nov 3, 2018
Lots of pieces to see, by a variety of famous artists. Fantastic to see Monet’s waterlilies too. You could spend as much time as you liked there. We saw works by Renoir, Picasso, Cezanne and Matisse. Highly recommend
Nov 1, 2018
Buying the tickets online was easy but there is no separate entrance to the museum for ticket holders who have bought tickets in advance. Luckily we didn't have to wait too long to enter.
Oct 29, 2018
Signs directed us into a separate queue for people with pre-booked tickets.We were admitted quickly and efficiently. An excellent service.
Oct 28, 2018
Absolutely wonderful museum! I can't say the skip the line tickets saved us any time because there was practically no line at the time of our visit -- but that was probably just a coincidence as it's really hard to gauge how long the long will be at any given time and we were happy to just have them and be done with it! We arrived with about three hours to closing time which was enough time to really soak in every single gallery, including the temporary exhibit which was fabulous. The Water Lily rooms were PACKED upon our arrival and sort of unpleasant (but still beautiful) but we went back in during the final fifteen minutes of the museum's opening and there was NO ONE in there! A stunning experience. Highly recommend coming in the afternoon and staying until closing time to get some private/much quieter time in the Water Lily rooms. We used Tickets multiple times in Paris and were very pleased. We will use the service again!
Oct 25, 2018
Très belle et riche collection. Les commentaires de l'audioguide sont nombreux et très intéressants;
Les nymphéas sont toujours aussi sublimes
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