Tickets for Musée de l'Orangerie

Water Lilies and more Impressionist masterpieces

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Overview
Opening hours
Today:  Closed
Tomorrow:  09:00 - 18:00
Thursday:  09:00 - 18:00
Friday:  09:00 - 18:00
Saturday:  09:00 - 18:00
Sunday:  09:00 - 18:00
Monday:  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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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'.

Changing or cancelling your ticket
  • Cancellations are not possible for this ticket
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Venue
Address
Musée de l'Orangerie
Jardin des Tuileries, 75001, Paris
Key info
Wheelchair accessible
Reviews
Jul 22, 2019
Easy to buy, worked OK to enter museum.
Jul 20, 2019
Very easy to use. Emailed me the barcoded tickets.
Jul 17, 2019
Avery efficient method of purchasing tickets.
Jul 14, 2019
Easy and simple. No lines
Jul 14, 2019
Very nice small museum!
Jul 11, 2019
Underwhelming dusty giant Monet, compensated by some occasional interesting works by other known artists, "but that's art folks"
Jul 7, 2019
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Jul 6, 2019
Water Lilies by Monet was absolutely breathtaking. I would literally pay to get a ticket every single day just to see this if I lived in Paris. I spent a good couple of hours just taking it all in. Highly, highly recommend to anyone visiting Paris.
Jun 30, 2019
Super easy to get tickets and use them the next day on my phone!
Jun 24, 2019
Excellent

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