The Impressionist Museum and Monet's Water Lilies

(free for -18 years old and -26 years old EU citizens)

Monet's water lilies at the Musée de l'Orangerie

The Musée de l'Orangerie, one of the most beautiful museums of paintings in Paris

  • The Orangery Museum, was once an orangery, a place where oranges were stored to preserve them well
  • It is now a museum, dedicated mainly to French painting between 1860 and 1930
  • It is in our opinion one of the most beautiful museums of paintings in Paris
  • A small but fascinating museum located in the Tuileries Gardenon the esplanade above the Concorde
  • We love this museum relatively unknown which counts the spectacular Monet's Water Lilies and an exceptional collection of impressionist and post impressionist works (French painting from 1860 to 1930)
  • In addition to the permanent collections, the Musée de l'Orangerie presents often fascinating exhibitions

The Water Lilies, spectacular and unique in the world

  • Claude Monet, with the help of Georges Clémenceau, chose the Musée de l'Orangerie to house the Water Lilies cycle, a cycle he had begun thirty years earlier
  • This unique set is one of the largest monumental achievements of painting in the first half of the twentieth century. This unique masterpiece has no equivalent anywhere in the world
  • 2 rooms are specially designed to accommodate the 8 famous paintings of Claude Monet. They benefit from natural light from the glazed roof and their east-west orientation places them symbolically in the path of the sun
  • Monet wanted the visitor to be able to immerse himself completely in the painting and forget the outside world.
  • The first room gathers four compositions showing the reflections of the sky and the vegetation in the water, from morning to evening, while the second room gathers paintings with the contrasting effect of the willow branches bordering the water.

The Musée de l'Orangerie, also famous for its Walter Guillaume collection

  • This extraordinary collection was acquired by the Musée de l'Orangerie in the 1960s
  • She brings together 146 impressionist and post impressionist works, from the 1860s to the 1930s
  • The collection comes mainly from Paul Guillaume, a great art dealer of the beginning of the XXth century
  • We admire in particular 25 Renoir, 15 Cézanne, 10 Matisse, 12 Picasso, 5 Modigliani, 22 Soutine and also Monet, Sisley, le Douanier Rousseau, Marie Laurencin, Derain, Utrillo, Van Dongen?
  • This is an opportunity to discover in a museum on a human scalethe great impressionist and post impressionist masters

Workshops for children

  • From 6 years old 
  • Visits followed by a workshop around the permanent collections or around the exhibition of the moment
  • duration 2h
  • On reservation

The little M?O

  • The Musée de L'Orangerie, in association with the Musée d'Orsay, has created a website especially for 6-10 years old : Le petit M?O
  • Lily the frog for the Orangery and Pompon the bear (the mascot of the Musée d'Orsay), offer children a selection of works with a short commentary, biographical notes on the artists and thematic tours.
  • There is also a gazette, an agenda?

To do in the Tuileries garden area

Practical information

See schedule details From 9am to 6pm every day except Tuesday - Closed on Tuesdays, May 1st, the morning of July 14th and December 25th

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