Musée de l'Orangerie

If you have a special love for impressionist works of art, especially Monet, Musée de l'Orangerie is a must see

Sculpture of an embracing couple by Rodin outside the Musée de l'Orangerie
Sculpture of an embracing couple by Rodin outside the Musée de l'Orangerie cc licensed ( BY ND ) flickr photo by mckrista1976

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.

Nearby attractions: Jardin des Tuileries, Musée d'Orsay and Musée des Beaux Arts

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes, except free on the first Sunday of every month.

Open Now: No

Hours 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

Directions

Metro / RER Line Nearest Station Walking Time
M1, M8 or M12Concorde Station4 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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Reviews

Rated 4.4 out of 5

4 Star Rating Fantastic impressionist art space with a bunch of great works. Easy to navigate. Cloak room near the front entrance is a bit of a miss, creates a bottleneck of people.

Michael Hutchison - 1 day ago

5 Star Rating It's small but it's a must place in Paris especially if you love Monet and other impressionist. I loved loved Monet's room. It gets crowded so go early to take panorama picture of Monet's room without anyone interfering your masterpiece!

Jungmin Kim - 29 days ago

5 Star Rating My most favorite place in the world. I never get tired of going to this place. One can just sit and stare at the paintings for hours. Look for the picture of Monet embedded in the paintings. Unless you are looking for it you will miss it. Check it out next time. You can only see it from one angle. See pictures attached. This museum is a great contribution to the world.

Ramaswamy Narayanan - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating This is one of my favorite places in all of Paris. This is a must see for anyone who loves Claude Monet and his artwork. The beautiful oval shaped room was built specifically to house some of his largest and most breath-taking waterlily paintings.

Shaina Mack - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating 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 - 1 month ago

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Video slide presentation showing some of the many impressionist paintings on display in the Musée de l'Orangerie

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