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Tickets for Musée de l'Orangerie

Water Lilies and more Impressionist masterpieces

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Overview
Opening hours
09:00 - 18:00
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
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).

Dada Africa, Non-Western Sources and Influences

The influential Dadaist movement borrowed styles and forms from African, Asian, and Native American art to demonstrate the absurdity of daily life. The Musée de l'Orangerie's latest exhibition traces these influences, bringing together a variety of materials to showcase the diversity and inventiveness of Dadaism while asking the visitor to draw parallels with the contemporary works of Athi-Patra Ruga and Otobong Nkanga.

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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
Additional info

Getting There

  • Metro: 1, 8 or 12, Concorde
  • Bus: Concorde
Reviews
Nov 7, 2017
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
So easy to get tickets. Definitely use this service!!
Oct 26, 2017
Very nice, not so full as Louvre.
Oct 25, 2017
It was perfect!
Oct 13, 2017
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
Easy, tickets delivered to smartphone without need for downloading the app,- very straightforward and recommend.
Oct 11, 2017
Perfect. Was able to get in easily. Not a busy day but no issue.
Sep 30, 2017
It was great and not too busy
Sep 27, 2017
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.
Sep 25, 2017
Mooi museum

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