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

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 4.6 out of 5Orangerie Museum Star Rating

5 Star Rating It’s amazing to consider that the purpose was once used to hold some of the most valuable treasures: oranges and now holds priceless masterpieces. What it lacks in size, it makes up in absolute beauty and uniqueness. A hidden gem compared to some of Paris’ more popular tourist destinations

David M - 3 days ago

5 Star Rating What a great museum! It has Monet's water lilies on the top floor and other 19th century artists works on the bottom floors. Museum is small enough not to get burnt out after attempting to see everything. Yet it has a lot to offer. A must if you like impressionists. It wasn't crowded and you can buy combined tickets with d'Orsay.

Dmitry Ovrutsky - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating This museum seems to be smaller but has good collections and it's worth to have a visit. Moreover it's close to other popular tourist attractions.

Gnanavel Chandramohan - 14 days ago

2 Star Rating If you like smudged on a wall and blurry paintings then this small impressionist museum is right for you. Top floor is with Monet's large paintings.Lower floors feature realism, Picasso and others. It has also nice cafe with some snacks at reasonable prices.

Pavel Urubcik - 20 days ago

5 Star Rating My favorite venue in Paris! Beautiful paintings, astonishing. Usually very crowded but totally worth it. A must when visiting France. Not too pricey. It is a fast visit.

Monica Rivera - 2 months 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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