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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).

How to use your tickets

Musée de l'Orangerie
Jardin des Tuileries 75001, Paris

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

What's included?

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

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Getting There

  • Metro: 1, 8 or 12, Concorde

  • Bus: Concorde

Common questions

What do these tickets include?
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Customer reviews

Gary , Canada
May 13, 2017
Great exhibits! No as crowded as Musee d'orsay.
Kathleen, United States
May 7, 2017
Bought the tickets on line.
No issues with entry
Went to see the Water Lilies and they were great.
Sofopoulos, Greece
May 1, 2017
If you like Monet Water Lilies this is the place to go!
Alayna, United States
Apr 27, 2017
Monet and other great works of art in a much more intimate setting than the Louvre.
Richard, United States
Apr 19, 2017
Went to see the Monet murals. They were a sight to behold.
For an elderly man losing sight to near blind, Monet remained
an extremely talented artist.
Helga, Australia
Apr 18, 2017
A great museum displaying Monet's waterlilies in a perfect setting. Very small queue to enter.
Cynthia
Apr 18, 2017
Beautiful small art museum in Tuilleries Garden, off Place de la Concorde. Have visited 4 times and love it every time!
Hung Cheng, Taiwan
Apr 16, 2017
Musée de l'Orangerie is not overly crowded, so you can take your time with the paintings.
Richard , United Kingdom
Apr 16, 2017
Monet's stunning Water Lilies are set in two beautiful galleries that show off the work to magnificent effect. Wonderful collection of other impressionists and modernists downstairs too.
Ann, United States
Apr 9, 2017
Lovely space. Monet's grand installation is worth it!