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.
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Ratedout of 5
Worth it for the Water Lilies alone. 2 for 1 with a Eurostar ticket valid within five days. Went just after opening on a cold December morning and had the place to ourselves. Fantastic.
John Porter - 6 hours ago
This was my favorite museum in Paris. The works by Monet were unbelievable, and the entire space was intimate enough to enjoy without feeling overwhelmed or rushed.
Greg Majewski - 5 days ago
Monet's water lillies are the most extraordinary set of paintings I have seen anywhere. A must see for any who enjoys Monet or for that matter anyone who enjoys art in general. In addition the museum has a wonderful Renoir, Cezanne, Picasso's and other great artists.
Cameron Farah - 22 days ago
The Monet Lilies are a once in a life time experience. As a bonus there is a wonderful collection of Renoir. Before entering walk the parks around and see the Place d' Concorde
Gary Drimmer - 28 days ago
This museum is a small one, but a precious place! It houses Monet's famous Nympheas and allows you to see them exposed the way he planned it to be. It has an interesting story and other paintings from several artists are also exposed downstairs. Make sure you take your time in there.
Cecília Pacheco - 1 month ago