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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
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
Additional info

Getting There

  • Metro: 1, 8 or 12, Concorde
  • Bus: Concorde
Reviews
Jul 12, 2018
Pre purchased ticket leads to much shorter queue. Waterlilies beautiful and well worth seeing. Other paintings nice. Good trip but SO WORTH PREBOOKING
Jul 11, 2018
Loved it! If you are a Monet fan it is a must.
Jul 8, 2018
I am a true art lover and have been a docent for 50 years. This is THE BEST exhibit I have ever seen.
Jul 6, 2018
Seamless entrance to the lovely Musée
Jul 6, 2018
Easy site to use. Very good experience!
Jul 5, 2018
Beautiful museum. Our tickets got us past the wait line of ticket buyers. Museum was user friendly and an easy size to see and enjoy without museum fatigue.
Especially loved getting a snack in the gift shop on the way out and bathrooms were good sized and convenient! All around good experience!
Jul 5, 2018
Short waiting time due to security check.
Fabulous museum.
Jul 5, 2018
Without stress!
Jul 3, 2018
No need to print out. No need to wait in the queue.
Jul 2, 2018
Favorite museum in Paris!

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