There are many wonderful art museums located in and around Paris but if you have a special love for impressionist and post impressionist works then you should most definitely do everything you can to include the Musée de l'Orangerie on your itinerary.
Located in the Place de la Concorde in Paris, the museum houses an impressive collection of works from Monet in the form of no less than eight of the famed Water Lilies collection as well as works by artists such as Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Henri Rousseau, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley and many others.
The gallery is located along the banks of the Seine River in the old orangery of the Tuileries Palace which is situated on the Place de la Concorde which is conveniently located near to the Concorde Metro station. The museum building was originally built in 1852 by famed architect Firmin Bourgeois. It is interesting to note that the original intention of the building was to provide shelter to the orange trees of the Tuileries garden. Throughout its history the building was used for many different purposes including housing soldiers as well as hosting various sporting and cultural events, music concerts and even events of patriotism.
The Musée de l'Orangerie is most famously known for being the place where one can view the entire collection of Monet's Water Lilies known as the Nympheas. The story is that Monet had agreed to donate the entire collection of eight Water Lilies panels to the French government and they were to be housed in the Musée de l'Orangerie. The ground floor of the building was in fact redesigned specifically for this purpose but after completion of the renovations to the building Monet could not bear to be parted from these works and it was only after his death in 1926 that they could be displayed in the museum. Such dedication and love of the work should be enough to entice anyone to go see the collection.
Facts For Your VisitFee: Yes, except free on the first Sunday of every month.
Open Now: NoHours This Week:
- Monday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Tuesday: Closed
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Thursday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Saturday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Sunday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Address: Jardin Tuileries, 75001 Paris, France
Phone: 01 44 50 43 00
Official Website: Musée de l'Orangerie
|Metro / RER Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|M1, M8 or M12||Concorde Station||4 minutes|
How to get to Musée de l'Orangerie by Metro / RER
By Metro: Exit Metro Line 1,8 or 12 at Concorde Station and walk south along the eastern edge of Place de la Concorde to the museum entrance on your left at the far end.
Map & Instant Route Finder
Click&Go Map and Route Finder with public transit, walking, driving or cycling directions. Get up-to-the-minute transit times for your route.
Ratedout of 5
12 Euro will get you in to see the huge Monet waterlilies in the two dedicated upstairs space. Definitely a must for any Monet buff. There were a couple of other exhibitions downstairs but unfortunately, the lift was not working the day we visited and I didn't get to see these 2 exhibitions.
Kin Kin - 11 hours ago
Not to be missed. Monet'a final masterpieces must be experienced in person. I returned several times, to see them in morning light, afternoon light and evening. The water lilies seem alive
Batnadiv HaKarmi-Weinberg - 19 days ago
Beautiful display of Monet waterlillies, with a second floor of other amazing art. Temporary exhibitions are also high quality. I used the Paris museum pass to skip the queue
Lachlan Burton - 1 month ago
Surprisingly intimate gallery, well curated. There is so much more to see here than the huge Monet water lilies. The queues can be enormous so best to get there early.
John Hayes - 2 months ago
If you are a fan of Monet, you simply cannot miss this museum. A small but exquisitely curated collection, with of course, the best attraction being the two elliptical rooms of Monet's waterlilies. As the museum is a bit smaller, I found it of great use to get an audio guide - didn't take too much extra time but added a lot to my visit.
Lana Pintainho - 3 months ago