Musee De L'Orangerie | An Art Gallery

The Orangerie Museum Paris, also known as the Musée de l'Orangerie is a well-known art gallery famed for its display of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings and works of art. The gallery is located in a neoclassical-style building on the right bank of the river Seine in the old orangery of the Tuileries Palace. The building had initially been built for protecting the citrus fruits of the Tuileries Gardens and was later on converted into a museum for displaying the paintings of Claude Monet, the most famous one being the eight large Water Lilies murals by him. The museum currently also has beautiful works of art by other master artists such as Henri Matisse, Chaïm Soutine, Alfred Sisley, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and others. You can also view some of the works of art by the cubism figures, Pablo Picasso and Amedeo Modigliani. Apart from this, the Orangerie Museum also has other permanent and temporary exhibitions which you will be able to admire. Paris, known as the "City of Light," provides a captivating backdrop for the Orangerie Museum, enriching the experience of art enthusiasts and visitors alike.

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  • Stroll through different galleries and admire the works of artists like Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, and Auguste Renoir, among others.

  • Engage yourself in peaceful meditation with Monet's beautiful Water Lilies in custom-built rooms.

  • Get insights about the Impressionist Landscapes Room, reflecting the transformation of the Parisian countryside.

  • Visit the upcoming temporary exhibits like Robert Ryman, Masterpieces from Monet to Picasso, and few others.

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Must Know Before You Go
  • ID proof is mandatory for each individual guest at the time of arrival.
  • All visitors must go through a security check before entry.
  • Comfortable shoes are recommended during the tour.
  • Please note that guided tour is not wheelchair accessible (guide will not be able to provide a small group tour for guests that require wheelchair).
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Why Visit Musee De L'Orangerie?

Why Visit Musee De L'Orangerie?
  • Explore the Musee De L'Orangerie to take a look at some of the incredible impressionist and post-impressionist paintings.
  • Admire the collection of paintings known as the Water Lilies 8-panel painting cycle by the renowned artist Claude Monet which was one of the first paintings to be installed in this museum.
  • Delight in looking at the work of the well-known cubist figures - Amedeo Modigliani and Pablo Picasso.
  • The museum boasts beautiful collections of paintings by many Impressionist era luminaries like Pierre – Auguste Renoir, Henri Rousseau, and Paul Cezanne.
  • Appreciate the masterpieces of renowned artists such as Andre Derain, Henri Matisse, and others.
  • Take a look at the amazing collection of paintings and works of art by artists from around the world such as Paul Guillaume and others.
  • Enjoy strolling across the Museum in leisure without having to move with the crowd.
  • Visit the permanent and temporary exhibitions held in the museum. Check out the Tutelary figures of the museum.

Plan Your Visit to Orangerie Museum

Timings & Address
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 Timings & Address

1. Opening Timings: - Daily: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM( Closed on Tuesday)- Last Admission: 5:15 PM- Closing Time: Rooms close at 5:45 PM- Closed On: 1 May, 14 July (Only in the morning), 25 December

2. Address:

Tuileries Garden, Place de la Concorde (Seine side), 75001 Paris.

Musee De L'Orangerie Highlights

Water Lilies by Claude Monet
Water Lilies by Claude Monet

During your visit to Orangerie Museum Paris, you must take a look at its star attraction, the famous “Water Lilies” collection by Claude Monet. The Water Lilies (or Nymphéas) is actually a series of approximately 250 oil paintings depicting the flower garden of the artist in his home in Giverny. The paintings were donated to Orangerie in 1922 and were one of the first ones to be placed in this museum. Monet had painted these beautiful pictures during the last thirty years of his life and some of them were painted while the artist was suffering from cataract.

 Jean Walter-Paul Guillaume Collection
Jean Walter-Paul Guillaume Collection

The Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume collection constitutes the 148 work of art done between the year 1860 to 1930. Considered to be one of the finest collections in Europe, the collection was mainly put together by Paul Guillaume, a French art dealer. The collection has several examples of Modernist and Impressionist work along with few work of art of African and Oceanian art forms. Paul Guillaume collected most of the collection in his lifetime and after his death, his widow married Jean Walter, who continued adding to the collection before the whole collection was purchased by the French state and displayed in Museum Orangerie. Observe the current collection which has twenty-five paintings by Renoir, one by Monet, one by Gauguin, fifteen by Cézanne, and one by Sisley.

Works of André Derain
Works of André Derain

Andre Derain was a French painter, an artist and a sculptor who was also the co-founder of Fauvism. He was involved in the development of two totally new styles - the Fauvism, along with Maurice de Vlaminck and Henri Matisse, and Cubism, associating with Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso. No matter which form, all his artwork are much acclaimed and you will be able to admire his use of vibrant colours, simplification forms and love for primitive art throughout his work such as Rose in a vase, The Painter’s Niece, Le Grand Morin and others.

Works Of Claude Monet
Works Of Claude Monet

Claude Monet has been the one to lead the French Impressionist movement and was critical in bringing its patrons together. His mastery as a colorist and as a painter of light and atmosphere led him to achieve a degree of abstraction and made him a part of the abstract painter generation.Monet had also gained fame for playing an instrumental role in helping architectural design with architect Camille Lefevre to design the building of Orangerie Museum. He had designed the two-meter high eight panels in two oval rooms of the museum with skylights enabling sunlight to brighten up the paintings kept in these rooms. Apart from his famous eight compositions of the Water Lilies, Monet’s other work of art includes The Morning with Willows, Argenteuil, The Clouds and others.

Works Of Picasso
Works Of Picasso

You will be able to admire the works of Picasso, the Spanish painter, in the Orangerie Museum. Pablo Picasso was a painter, ceramicist, theatre designer, printmaker, and sculptor, who demonstrated exceptional talent in art. Some of his works of art on display at the museum include Woman with Tambourine, Women at the Fountain, Large nude with drapery, The Embrace, The Adolescents and others. The famous artist is also known for co-founding the Cubist movement and also for co-inventing collage.

Works Of Henri Rousseau
Works Of Henri Rousseau

While visiting Orangerie Museum Paris, you must take a look at the works of Henri Rousseau. Henri Julien Félix Rousseau, also known as Le Douanier, was a French post-impressionist painter. He did most of his artwork after retiring from his job as a tax and toll collector at the age of 49. Some of Henri Rousseau’s paintings which you can applaud in this museum are The Chair Factory in Alfortville, The Ship in the Storm, The Child With the Doll, The Carriole of Father Junier, The Wedding and others.

History of Orangerie Museum

History of Musee De L'Orangerie

The Musee De L'Orangerie is located in the 19th-century orangery which was built as per the instruction of Napoleon III for the purpose of storing the citrus trees of the Tuileries Gardens in the winter. The neoclassical-style building of the museum Orangerie was constructed in 1852 by architect Firmin Bourgeois and was decorated by artist Louis Visconti to be used as a greenhouse and also to host banquets, shows and concerts.

In the year 1922, the French government decided to convert the greenhouse into an art gallery and dedicated it to living artists. One of the first paintings to be installed here was the famous Water Lilies 8-panel painting cycle by Claude Monet. The building was completely renovated by architect Camille Lefèvre and Monet himself also collaborated in this renovation process.

And finally, on May 17, 1927, was opened to the public as Musée Claude Monet. Later on, the museum was renamed as Musée National de l’Orangerie des Tuileries. Post World War II, the museum was again renovated and became focused on French modern art from the late 19th to the early 20th century.

Places To Visit Nearby Orangerie Museum

Louvre Museum
Louvre Museum

With Louvre museum tickets, you can visit this French national museum and art gallery housed in part of a large palace in Paris built on the right-bank site of Philip Augustus' 12th-century fortress. It is the world's most visited art museum, with works ranging from ancient civilizations to the mid-nineteenth century. Many amazing artefacts and paintings by famous artists from all over the world can be found here, making it one of the best places to visit near Orangerie Museum.

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You can visit this with Sainte-Chapelle Tickets, located near the Orangerie Museum. The famous chapel is actually a royal chapel in the Gothic style, located within the Palais de la Cité, the residence of the French royalty till the 14th century. The chapel is well-known for its impressive interior which consists of stunning 13th century ceiling-to-roof stained glass windows in vibrant colours. Feel awe-struck as you observe the various biblical narratives inscribed on them.

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Paris Pantheon
Paris Pantheon

Another place you can visit near Orangerie Museum is the Paris Pantheon, a prominent neo-classical monument, originally built as a church but later used as a mausoleum for famous French heroes. The place will mesmerise you with its stunning Pantheon architecture, visible in its interior. The art it houses and its massive size is sure to leave you awe-struck. Do not miss out taking a look at the star attraction of the place - the Crypt that holds the tombs of famous individuals such as Madame Curie, Victor Hugo, Louis Braille, and others. The mausoleum is known to be the first major monument to have been built in Paris and will offer you a spectacular panoramic view of the city.

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What is the Musee De L'Orangerie?

    The Musee De L'Orangerie Paris is a well-known art gallery in Paris, which has gained popularity for showcasing a range of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings from across the world. You can visit this museum to take a look at the exceptional collection of paintings by renowned artists such as Henri Rousseau, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cezanne and others. You will be thrilled to find the works of the two famous cubism artists Pablo Picasso and Amedeo Modigliani in this museum. The museum Orangerie also houses the famous Nympheas (Water Lilies) paintings of Claude Monet.

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