Tickets for Musée de l'Orangerie

In 1922 Claude Monet offered eight of his giant Water Lilies panels to the French state, as a way of commemorating the end of WWI. His only condition was that they be displayed in a suitable venue. The French government found the perfect spot: the Orangerie in the Tulieries Garden.

The Orangerie was built in 1852 as a winter shelter for the orange trees that lined the garden of the Tuileries Palace. For a period of time it was also used as a storehouse for goods, a bunk for soldiers, and as a flexible exhibition space. Monet's generous gift transformed it into the Musée de l'Orangerie, a pre-eminent gallery of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings.

The huge (and hugely impressive) Monet paintings are definitely the main event, but they are far from the only reason to visit. The museum also contains works by Cézanne, Matisse, Modigliani, Picasso, Renoir, and Rousseau, among others.

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Musée de l'Orangerie reviews

Oct 30, 2019
Musée de l'Orangerie
Of course we loved the monet, water lilies. We were disappointed that there was so little to see for the cost.
Aug 21, 2019
Musée de l'Orangerie
Worth the price for the water lilies alone
Aug 17, 2019
Musée de l'Orangerie
Great 19 the century collection of Art including Picasso