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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

Gaby, Micronesia
Feb 17, 2017
For Monet fans a visit to the Orangerie, preferably in combination with a visit to the Musée Marmottan Monet, is an absolute must.
William , United Kingdom
Feb 12, 2017
Amazing experience. Easy walking distance from other art galleries.
Andrea, Netherlands
Jan 8, 2017
The entrance is easy and you don't have to wait in line. Tiqets makes y very easy to purchase and use your tickets in your phone.
Elizabeth , Australia
Jan 5, 2017
Great museum, amazing exhibits and a pleasure to visit a smaller gallery
Rosine, France
Jan 1, 2017
Loved the exhibit except for the crowd. The movie about Hopper is a must..
Jolita, United Kingdom
Dec 21, 2016
Mind that you still might have to stand in a queue for the ones with tickets, and that queue might be outside 15 min. or so
Ilana, Israel
Dec 13, 2016
Incredible experience, photos of Monet's lilies do no justice to the paintings, and the experience of being surrounded by them is unparalleled. I went downstairs first to the other exhibits to work my way up to Monet. They were also great, however I spent at least an hour amongst the lilies. Definitely worth a visit, and prepaying is convenient
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
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