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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).

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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.

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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
lynley, Australia
Sep 20, 2017
Bar code access made it easy
Bernadette, United Kingdom
Sep 15, 2017
Great for Monet but expensive
Patricia, United States
Sep 7, 2017
Loved it and impressed by the quality of works and intimacy! Not a "stuffy"place! Even had a perfect lunch!
Gary, United Kingdom
Sep 2, 2017
Excellent experience.
Maria, India
Sep 1, 2017
Fabulosa!
Anonymous
Aug 28, 2017
A very good experience!
Salvatore, United States
Aug 28, 2017
Rich Impressionist collection .
Nikolai, Israel
Aug 21, 2017
Plain simple and fast
Jay
Aug 19, 2017
This museum has the most amazing paintings given to France by Monet. If you love him, you cannot afford to miss this as its the permanent home for eight Water Lilies murals. 10/10 ☆☆☆☆☆
Molly, United States
Aug 14, 2017
Wonderful museum!

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