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
This was one of the best art gallery experiences in Paris. I am Monet fan so maybe that is my bias but seeing the waterlilies that huge in 2 rooms filled with a panoramic view was amazing. We saved it to see on Monday as most other galleries aren't open Monday. Got a quick bypass with the museum pass. They also had a special show called Paris-Tokyo about the founder of Bridgestone. Their other collection was also very nice with a lot of famous painters. Yes it's not the Louvre and some massive gallery. I don't get how others felt it was too small for the value but I guess we all value different things and for the rooms of Monet and the other famous paintings in the collection I found this excellent.
Brandon Zoras - 6 days ago
This should be up there together with the Louvre. It simply amazing. Monet's waterlilies and the way its displayed is awesome. Definitely a place to visit if you are in Paris.
Kabir Hanifa - 25 days ago
I visited this museum because it was included in my museum pass and I was in the area. The museums in Paris can often be very large and overwhelming and this was a wonderful rest from that. It doesn't take much time to see the entire collection and what a collection it has. The highlight of the museum is the two large oval rooms displaying Monet's work. I highly recommend just sitting and looking at all the different strokes which make up these large paintings. Downstairs there are many different impressionist paintings. I was surprised by this museum and I highly recommend visiting it.
Michael Romero - 1 month ago
A nice clean modern gallery with panoramic Monet's. Depending on the light & where you stand in the rooms, changes your depth perception & realism of the artwork. They had visiting American art downstairs which was great too. Really enjoyed my time here. I highly recommend a visit here when in Paris. Plus it's just across from the Louvre.
Scotte Woods - 3 months ago
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 - 3 months ago