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Musée de l'Orangerie

Stepping inside the Musée de l'Orangerie you will be awed into silence by the Sistine Chapel of Impressionism and its extensive panoramic Water Lilies paintings. The Musée de l'Orangerie is most famous for the works of Claude Monet, but there is more to this superb museum, which offers the entry point into 20th century art that Paris previously lacked. It’s not coincidental that this museum shares links with the Musée d'Orsay and that establishment’s 19th century focus. Here you can find the Post-Impressionist collections of Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume, comprised of paintings by Matisse, Renoir and Picasso. This museum is also renowned for excellent temporary exhibitions.

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Musée de l'Orangerie Entrance Tickets

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  • Access the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions
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Musée de l’Orangerie Opening Times

Every day except Tuesdays : from 9 a.m to 6 p.m
Closed : May 1st, July 14th morning, December 25th

Please note: Last entry is 45 minutes before closing. The evacuation of the galleries must begin from 5:45 p.m.

Access: please show your ticket on your mobile in the queue for ‘visitors with tickets’. Passing the security check is compulsory.

Free entry for:

  • Under 18s (with family and excluding school groups)
  • 18-25 year olds (European Union residents and non-European residents living in France)
  • Everyone on the first Sunday of each month

History of the Water Lilies by Claude Monet

In the late 19th century, Claude Monet purchased a house in Giverny, and began landscaping the garden. Having reached maturity in both his life and his art, he desired to have the beauty of nature permanently before him to inspire his palette. He designed the garden to have colour everywhere, at various heights and reflected in the waters of his lily ponds. Monet the Gardener inspired Monet the Painter and vice versa.

The lily ponds became a visual point of departure for 250 masterpieces over thirty years. He never grew tired of his garden’s play of light, continuing to capture his impressions on canvas. In common with other Impressionists, Monet admired Japanese art, from which he borrowed the small flower-framed bridges he painted in all seasons. The genius of Giverny expressed his affection for the willows dangling their shimmering, weeping branches over the water lilies, which in turn inspired the large scale paintings that would one day grace the Musée de l'Orangerie. With a series of brilliantly deft touches he covered these colossal canvases as though inviting us to dive into the water. He wished the spectator to be as immersed in the painting as those who strolled in the garden of Giverny were immersed in nature. It was this dream he expressed when he said, “I have no other wish than to mingle myself more intimately with nature”.

The Musée de l'Orangerie is located in the Jardin des Tuileries, adjacent to the Place de la Concorde. With a little imagination, you might be able to see the painter's face in the reflections.

More about the history of the Musée de l'Orangerie.

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Address
Jardin des Tuileries
75001
Parking lot
Concorde, 6-8 Avenue Gabriel - 75008
Public transportation
1218Concorde
12Assemblée Nationale
CMusée d'Orsay
7224Concorde - Quai Des Tuileries
7324Assemblee Nationale

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Making a reservation for the D'Orsay was easy and transparent, and the e-reservation came through immediately. Thus I was able to print it before I left home.

However, the Louvre e-reservation took about 24 hours to be delivered, which meant that I was already in Paris by that point and unable to print it out. I had my iPad, so I could show the reservation on the screen, but for someone without a smart device it may have been a problem.

Moreover, it wasn't clear why the reservation was initially flagged as "in preparation" - only when I had the small print elsewhere in the Louvre booking pages did I discover that e-tickets can take up to 48 hours to be processed and delivered. It would be helpful to make this more transparent, I think.

On the whole, the site is very convenient and useful, and I would recommend it. I shall certainly use it again - but 48 hours before I leave home!

Excellent guided tour of Versaille.
Excellent guided tour of Versaille.
Great website for buying tickets
Great website for buying tickets
Once at the office it was fine
Once at the office it was fine. But having to get there to pick up the pass was an unpleasant experience.

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