Do NOT miss this museum! I could not wipe the grin off my face from the sheer amazing-force-field-power of encountering Monet's masterpieces..... Truly a peace-inducing, life-changing experience. I do wish there was a way to minimize the crowd and keep the noise level down, *cough*Chinese tourists*cough*..... but if you can find a spot on the bench and just get lost in the paintings for a minute (or an hour)..... man-oh-man, you will really come away changed. Make sure to stroll to the corners of the oblong rooms to soak in the best views. And read about what these paintings represented... and why he continued to paint these up until his death. "Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment." -Monet
I loved this museum. Wish I could live there.
Gargantuan Monets in natural light! A fabulous collection of impressionism, this museum should not be missed!
Only downside is that it can be too crowded to enjoy the space and the art, and the bathrooms do not quite accommodate the crowd- a 20 minute wait in a yucky bathroom line quickly detracts from the masterpieces.
Beautiful museum that you can visit in 1-2 hours. If you want to truly absorb an entire museum but don't want to brave the masses and the time investment of the Louvre, consider the Musee de l'Orangerie.
Small collection of work in the basement including Renior, Gaugin, and Picasso, but the piece de resistance is definitely the two viewing rooms of Monet's massive Water Lillies. You could sit here for hours if you are so inclined and admire Monet's expansive artwork.
- Stroll through the Tuilleries afterwards on a pretty day
- Student admission for people under 25 is cheaper but isn't listed. Ask!
- Standard bag check, so keep your wallet and passport with you
Everyone has their favorites and everyone has their not so favorites.....and as a lover of Impressionists in general, and Monet in particular, I was greatly disappointed here.
The Water Lilies exhibit is la raison d'être, the sole reason I waited in line in anticipation.
I had just seen Monet at the Petit Palais' Paris 1900 exhibit. I love Monet.
Perhaps I over hyped this in my own mind, but what I truly believe it the way the room is lighted....very bright, flat light....does not do much for the painting. It t(he paintng) just seemed as flat as possible with nothing speaking to the viewer. The famous changing light was not there for me.
At any rate, this
is about the only museum/gallery open on Monday in Paris. If it's not Monday, I can recommend the Petit Palais, the Carnavalet, and the Cluny (Museum of the Middle Ages), and the D'Orsay, before I'd send you here.
My all-time favorite museum. The collection is well organized, well curated and the audio guides were informative. The rooms containing Monet's water lilies took my breath away. I had to sit down to take it all in. It was moving beautiful and takes you away to another dimension.
I recommend this museum over the Louvre and the D'Orsay.
My second favorite in Paris! I love this place so much! Why? Monet's Water Lilies. Massive works of art that cannot be explained unless you see them in person. Several large scale oval rooms are set aside to display his series of Water Lilies. they are massive and they are gorgeous. This museum has set them up so you can sit in the middle of each room and just gaze in peace.
The museum is rather small as compared to the big ones in the city, but it works. There are tons of Renoir's as well whichis a huge bonus. Throw in more Monet's and Gaugin, Picasso.. what more can you want?
This is tucked away in the Tuilleries, this is often forgotten for some reason. You need to walk through the Tuilleries on your way here. It's also included in the Paris Museum Pass (get it!).
Words cannot express the deep serenity that comes from viewing Monet's Water Lilies series in person. Barring none, our visit to Musée de l'Orangerie was probably the best experience I had in France.
While on the small side, the museum houses several of Impressionism's titans spanning from Renoir to Matisse. It's any art lover's dream. And the water lilies... oh my.
Major kudos to the designer and curator. The all-white, clean, circular display served to complement the paintings by highlighting Monet's masterpieces as the showstoppers they truly are. Standing in those two rooms, it felt like I was soaking up pure perfection through my eyes.
If you ever have the chance to tour Paris, I highly recommend purchasing a combo ticket to visit both the Musée de l'Orangerie and Musée d'Orsay for €16. You can use the same ticket within 4 days of your purchase to visit the other museum. But no matter what you do, don't skip out on seeing Les Nymphéas. They alone are worth the cost of admission.
If you are pressed for time on a trip to Paris, I highly recommend l'Orangerie. Somehow it hadn't made it on my radar until about 3 days before we left for Paris, but I'm so glad it did! Since it was right in our walking path to the other side of the Seine, and also included in our Paris Museum Pass, we decided to hit it first thing on the Saturday morning of Fashion Week (which was a great idea, because it made for terrific people watching in the Tuileries garden that morning!).
Words can't really express how amazing the Water Lilies installations are in this space. They are gorgeous, and I could easily sit on the benches here and just gaze at them and daydream away. Stunning. There are two complete rooms, and it seems like most people get hung up in room #1, as room #2 was far less busy (and to me, contained the better paintings).
We did go to the Louvre and d'Orsay, but I must admit - I think some of the best paintings were housed in l'Orangerie. This, plus being MUCH less crowded than the other two big art museums, really provided for a perfect start to our musee-filled day! Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse (drool), and oh my word, Soutine.... You can do this museum quickly and feel very fulfilled in terms of seeing some of the greatest art in the world.
Note: Of all the museums, I saw the least kids here . Its VERY quiet in this museum and also rather cramped in terms of space, so I'm not sure this is the best place to take a baby/kid while in Paris.
Came here to see the massive rooms of Monet's Water Lilies. Those rooms alone get five stars in my book.
Straight back from security are two huge oval rooms each with four of Monet's paintings circling the walls. Honestly, it seems like every museum I visit these days has one of these paintings. But, these seemed really different to me. The collection of the colors, and the one that had the bright yellows of the setting sun made them unique to me. Just grab a seat in the benches in the middle of the room and take it all in.
Artwork in the rest of the museum featured Picasso and Modigliani.
-You can use the Paris Museum Pass here as well
This was a favorite museum destination during my Paris interlude, above and beyond the Louvre. Less crowded and intimidating. A must visit for lovers of Impressionism. Small compared to the Louvre, it is in fact the perfect size so one doesn't get sensory overload.
One of my favorite museums. :) It's not very big but I love the two Monet mural rooms.
I'd been waiting to come to L'Orangerie for years! It had been closed on my last 2 visits and Finally! I got to see it. I love a compact museum that houses a wealth of art and this is it! Yes, the Monet's triptychs are impressive, but go down a few flights of stairs and you will be wow'd with an abundance of Manet, Millette, Gaugin, Picasso's and more. This museum is beautifully curated and it flows nicely and is navigated easily. The Monet area upstairs can be a little overwhelming on a busy day and the serenity that is supposed to be enjoyed while staring into the water lilies may be interrupted by hoards of loud tourists and students....but just head downstairs for some serenity and a remarkable art selection. Enjoy!
This really is an astounding museum.
It not only has Monet's Les Nympheas in 2 different massive oval rooms, it also contains a significant amount of artwork from artist like Picasso and Modigliani located below the the Nymphea viewing galleries.
It is interesting to look at each Monet up close with all of his almost random circling brush strokes and then step back and look at the big picture. Up close you cannot see the beauty of the piece but they are a thing to behold and I could gaze at them for days.
We went here for the Frida Kahlo/Diego Rivera- Art in Fusion Exhibition (Oct 2013-January 2014) and of course the Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Derain, Soutine, Utrillo, Laurencin, Modigliani and Rousseau.
Frida Kahlo is my favorite artist. Imagine I get to se her works in PARIS? Oui!!!
It is more crowded because of the Frida Kahlo exhibition. Beautifully presented! yelp.com/biz_photos/musé…
Metro stop is Concorde. Walk towards the park up the flight of stairs then you see the fountain. Walk past the center fountain with all the pigeons flying around... It is the rectangular building to your right. There will be two lines, one for No tickets (Sans Billet) which is the left side, then the ones with tickets (avec billet) to the right. You go through a security check at the front door.
Just Go! Please.
There are very few places you can go and see a collection of art presented exactly as the artist wanted it to be viewed. The two upper rooms were built specifically to show Monet's Water Lilies. These dazzling, huge pieces were created as panels that were sewn together, four each presented in an oval shaped room. During the day the natural light comes in from a window in the ceiling. Created towards the end of Monet's life, as he was losing his sight. This is the ultimate way to really see works of art.
I appreciate that this museum constantly seems to be disregarded or as "if you have time". As a result there are less people, less tourists. This allows you a more intimate experience. The lower half is the permanent collection, amazing that it is one family's collection, and the temporary exhibition hall. I adore Modigliani, who is also under appreciated, but was appreciated by these collectors.
In art world there is a variety personal preference. I prefer this over the Louvre. I also highly recommend this experience to art lovers.
The Musée de l'Orangerie was my favorite museum in Paris.
This small, but stunning collection of Monet's Water Lilies will not disappoint. Best of all? If you purchased the Paris Museum Pass en.parismuseumpass.com the entrance fee is free.
This museum does not draw in the huge crowds that the Musée du Louvre and the Museo de Orsay draw in so the atmosphere is much more relaxed. The security line at the entrance is a short, quick line and once you enter the museum there aren't large cattle herds of tourists pushing and shoving from room to room.
Grab a seat in the middle of the room and absorb Monet's memorizing, beautiful brush strokes.
I kind of don't want to give them 5 stars so that you keep your expectations in check. In all of our guidebooks and trip planning, the Orangerie was presented as a "go if you have time" venue or a "since you bought the pass already" museum.
They totally set you up for low expectation: Oh, I've seen Water Lilies before... we've already seen the wonderful impressionist collection at Musee d'Orsay... it's just one guy's collection...
Seriously, I had no idea. And I was so completely blown away. I want you to have that too.
But I would be a liar if I gave them anything less than 5 stars. Compared to the giants in Paris, it is a comparatively small collection. But it is exactly the right size to see and enjoy and absorb, without feeling like you are participating in an endurance sport.
The collection was amazing. The space was delightful. The bathroom was clean and contained soap. Perfection.
Herd mentality is the only explanation for why I waited in line two hours to see a Frida Kahlo/Diego Rivera exhibit that was half the size of the one put up by the Art Institute. This place is too small to display Diego Rivera's frescos. It wasn't worth it.
This is the most perfect size museum. You will thoroughly enjoy it. It's small so you can take your time and wonder amongst a lovely collection of 19th & turn of the century paintings. Stroll along the exterior into the Tuileries. No museum burn out here, as with the overwhelming Louvre.
I wouldn't know a Renoir from a Matisse. Sure, I could *maybe* identify a Picasso, but I think of art as something I'll appreciate when I'm older, wiser, more mature (& not so into abc family's "Pretty Little Liars.")
I've been to countless museums in different cities because it's "the thing to do" but nothing has inspired me or evoked any real emotion in me. I observe art in a very superficial "that's pretty/ugly/colorful, moving on to the next" way.
With that said, the two rooms dedicated to Monet's "Water Lilies" blew me away. The stark white walls contrasted with the four long panels of his artwork was beautiful and tranquil. I sat in the oval, white seating area and scooted down every few minutes to get a different view of the paintings, until I'd gone all the way around. Then repeated this in the second room.
This might have been the first time I've really been engrossed in and captivated by art. Maybe because I'm partial to the coloring of the paintings, maybe because it was a relief to take a breather in this peaceful space, maybe this moment was the advent of my becoming a Monet fan...something clicked and I enjoyed the experience, whatever *that* was.
(Museum included in "Paris Museum Pass.")
Monet Monet Monet!!!!
Two whole oval rooms dedicated to Les Nympheas or The Water Lilies collection by Claude Monet. If you've seen some of Monet's work, you may remember lots involving water and lily pads, but these two oval rooms has the panaromic large versions of the water lilies. And they're shaped to fit the curvature of the oval rooms.
Another great feature of these two rooms is that it's a mandated quiet rooms area, so no noisy brats to ruin your experience. I love his work, and I actually have several prints hanging in my bedroom.
Downstairs affords a temporary collection by Heinrich Kuhn, who was known as a photographer but painting, drawing and engraving were also have been greatly noted. And you can see most of the work he has done here for the next several months.
But what really wowed my experience was the many impressionist and post-impressionist works on hand and all within a corridor and small several rooms located downstairs. Some works included those by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cezanne, Henry Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Andre Derain and much much more. I can only fit so much on my camera on this visit and I had a schedule to go with, but your visit here shouldn't take you an hour or more.
It's a relatively small museum, but yes, it's worth coming here. It's located in the west corner of the Jardin des Tuileries, just south of the water fountain. If you get the museum pass, which I highly recommend if you plan on doing the major museums of Paris, the Musee de l'Orangerie is included and you get to bypass the queue.
This turned out to be my favorite museum in Paris, and I'd never even heard of it before. It was included in my Museum Pass, so I decided to go one rainy Paris day. It is tucked inside the Tuileries Gardens. It is small and intimate, meaning that it's not so jam-packed with people that you feel you can't look at a piece of art for more than 2 minutes without wanting to kill someone. There is some great stuff in here- Monet, Cezanne, Renoir, Matisse, Picasso, amongst others. When I was there, the exhibit of the Italian Impressionists was also being displayed- that was amazing, as well.
This museum houses the permanent collection of wall murals that Monet did of his water lilies, painted at different times of the day. We came here before we visited Monet's gardens in Giverny. By the time we were through, I couldn't WAIT to go to gardens. His wall-sized murals sent chills down my spine and I sat in that room for a good 30 minutes, just taking them all in. The guards were very strict about taking pictures in the Monet rooms when I was there.
Bathrooms- must all Paris museum bathrooms be a stinky mess? This one did not disappoint in that area.
This is a nice, quiet, quaint museum close to the Louve and d'Orsay.
People come here to see Monet's Water Lillies, which are very impressive. The amazing thing about this museum, compared to other museums in Paris, was that Monet's works really do make the rooms feel serene and quiet...you can almost meditate in there. His impressionist pieces give a very relaxed feel and that feeling permeates throughout the rooms...it's actually nice to feel that in the hustle of this area with all the other big museums, you can come here and really feel centered.
There are additional great works by famous artists in the basement of the museum, which are also must-sees.
As I walked into the oval-shaped room where Monet's Water LIlies were prominently displayed, I was literally speechless. No amount of Impressionist books, art history classes, or pictures can ever prepare your eyes and mind for the experience of seeing Monet's greatest works in person. Seeing his works reminded me of Alexander Pope's words: "To wake the soul by tender strokes of art"- and that's exactly what happened to me.
As you enter the room, you are enveloped by Monet's paintings. You are surrounded by 6ft long, curved canvases all around you, and in moments you are transported to Monet's garden at Giverny. You can almost smell the clean, crisp air and feel the breeze, as you sit and contemplate his work. Your forced to sit and reflect on the masterpiece in front of you, and all I kept thinking was of the mastery he had and how adroit he was with a brush. It is hard to believe he was in his 80's and almost blind when he composed these series of paintings.
After you've reflected and pondered over your existence all thanks to Monet, you can continue to delve into the world of Impressionist paintings. One of my all time favorite painters next to Monet is Renoir and they have a large amount of his works here. From Monet to Cezanne to Picasso, L'Orangerie has some of the most coveted collections of Impressionist paintings.
One of the most wonderful features about any of the museums you'll visit in Paris is the fact that you can appreciate the beauty of these paintings up close- they aren't behind thick panes of glass, and you don't have a rope barring you from coming within 5 feet of it. There is nothing keeping you from histories most treasured and revered works of art, except perhaps yourself.
A nice small museum.
The big attractions here are Monet's murals. Call me a Philistine, but I was underwhelmed. Oh, don't get me wrong- they're beautiful, they took a lot of skill to make- but I didn't end up having to pick my jaw up off the floor. (I think mom was disappointed.) I was more into the paintings in the basement- other Impressionists, generally, and more interesting to me. I still was in and out in under an hour. Maybe I'd just become jaded- so many good museums in such a short time, often with free admission and bigger collections.
Definitely worth a visit if you're at all into art, and Impressionism.
This is a beautiful little museum that is at the end of the Tuileries Gardens near the Place de la Concorde.
I was lucky enough to get to study in the Normandy city of Rouen and during my time in France got to be familiar with many of the sights that Monet painted, forming a connection to and love of his work, which is one of the reasons why I love this museum. It's extra awesome to view the incredible, large scale Water Lilly paintings that are the big draw that the Orangerie, after seeing the gardens for yourself in Giverny.
Along with the Monet's masterpieces, there are many other great paintings in here, including some of my favorites from Modigliani and Marie Laurencin. What I really enjoy about this museum is it's size. Since it's small it feels manageable, and you can take your time actually admiring the art instead of feeling like you constantly have to move on to the next piece.
I encourage a visit on your next trip to Paris!
As cliche as this sound...Monet's water lilies is stunning !!!! I had chills running down my spin when I was looking at them!!
This is a must see museum !!!! (I can't believe I didn't go the first time I was in paris. I'm kicking myself!!!)
OK, if you read any of the other reviews, it'll become pretty clear pretty quickly that yes, Monet's work is meant to be here...and it's absolutely beautiful.
What the other reviews don't say: the Orangerie is so named for the beautiful gardens of Tullieries thus surrounding, and the place du palais is literally just outside. It's both an oasis and a metropolis, and definitely worth stopping in, if only out of convenience. It's probably not the most staggering collection, but it's a lovely pit stop.
The amazing thing is to go on a day with sun and clouds and watch as the shifting patterns of light completely change the look of the Water Lilies canvases, just as would happen with a pond and garden in real life. Monet was definitely a master of his craft. And the size of the paintings makes the experience immersive.
The rest of the artwork on display isn't bad either. Of course, it can't compare with my private collection of Renoirs and Gauguins, but it's still perfectly respectable ;-)
Museum Pass holders get in free, which is nice.
And there are some lovely benches in the Water Lilies part of the museum, which therefore lends itself to rest and contemplation. I wish more museums offered seating in the galleries.
Also, Musee d'Orangerie has banned photo-taking in the galleries, which makes the overall experience again more restful with visitors actually viewing the art rather than trying to capture it digitally.
This is our third "must see" museum in Paris. Be ready for an overdose of Monet.
We love being overdosed with Claude Monet's giant "Water Lilies" works on display at the Musee de l'Orangerie. It's a very relaxing place to sit and enjoy the paintings on all four walls, surrounding and encompassing you.
If you can't work this museum into your schedule, that's fine. The Orsay and the Louvre are higher priorities. But if you're a fan of Monet's work, then this has to be a priority.
Watch their hours - we've been caught by unusual closing times. And for lunch, walk a few blocks to the famous Café de Flore on Blvd St. Germain.
Plenty of spectacular work, but the showstoppers are really the Monet pieces. They are quite large and encourage you to just sit and gaze at how beautiful they are. Their intention was to provide a peaceful moment for viewer and that is exactly what they do. Definitely a must see of your Paris trip.
This is a small museum in Paris, but an absolute gem.
Sitting in the midst of Monet's giant waterlily paintings in an experience indescribable and not-to-be-missed. I don't know if these are considered Monet's best pieces artistically speaking (his eye-sights were failing, and he was miles away from his waterlily pond in Giverny and could only paint from memory), but there are no other places but here and his garden in Giverny that will bring you closer to the master and his life and passion.
Breathtakingly beautiful were the paintings that wrapped around the room in a 360 degree view of waterlilies a float-painted on a giant canvas by Monet.
I came here to see this and saw it, I did. It really is indescribable and until it's seen in person, one can only grasp the full essence of these ethereal paintings.
Two large oval rooms was where it housed Monet's Water Lilies collection. The rooms were uniquely built to house them and so at certain times of the day, the light would reflect on different parts of the paintings to give it a sense of realism and life. It made me feel as if I were sitting on a grassy patch of earth watching the lilies and their pads drift by me, slowly and reflectively. So tranquil, so speckled with color.
Ok so after like 20 mins of staring at a lily pad my head started to spin and my eyes got watery so I left for the rest of the exhibit.
I went down the stairs and saw the Walter-Guillaume exhibit and it comprised of works that Mrs. Walter-Guillaume had accrued for decades in her house. These works included pieces from Picasso, Renoir, Matisse, Cezanne, Modigliani, Gaugain, Derain and many others during the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist period. Beautiful pieces that sprinkled themselves all throughout the museum.
This is one of the smaller and shorter exhibits that I have been to but it is a must see if you are into art or not. It's nice to just meander around because the place is so peaceful and full of light. Do the coat check and get the audio tapes, they definitely help with many explanations of the paintings.
Another fascinating museum that houses giant Monet paintings. They are absolutely beautiful. They're long paintings spanning the length of the oval rooms that houses them. You really have to sit at the benches in the middle to be able to take it all in.
Downstairs is another collection of miscellaneous art. I especially enjoyed the miniature room display.
If you are coming to this museum, you are really just coming to see Monet's Water Lilies right? Yes, I know I'm right. But if you asked me why I came? You would be surprised at my answer. I came because I wanted to see if I can get in for free--yes i did 26 and under EU is free... I had no clue his water lilies were here..But boy oh boy..was it beautiful. It was a room with water lilies painted on the walls...with benches in the middle and everyone just enjoying the artwork. There's two rooms, and both were drastically different but beautiful all at the same time. It's a SMALL museum but his work is beautiful so you should definitely come if you like his work. No Photos allowed :( Downstairs are some of other artists works...you can take photos at some portions downstairs. I think I finished within an hour because it's tiny. So I went back for a second look at the lilies :P
The sinks in the restrooms are a bit..different..you have to step on the handle thing on the floor to start the water! FYI :)
Oh wow. A museum dedicated to the Water Lillies by Monet is a must see in Paris. Monet himself designed the experience and he certainly outdid himself. I ignored Rick Steve's advice and regretted it when standing online for an hour so I would suggest you buy the Paris City Pass ahead of time. The lines can be deadly in Paris but the city pass often offers you direct entrance. The hour wait was absolutely worth it to sit in the oval rooms and just take it all in. Be sure to check out the art on the lower floors. I advise going to the lower floors first and leaving the Monet works as the grand finale.
This is an incredibly beautiful place. Even though I was warned by the little sign in the atrium to "Be silent, please," I couldn't help but let out an audible gasp of wonder when I stepped into the room. It is completely breathtaking.
Obviously, I'm just talking about the Nympheas room :x Even though the rest of the Orangerie is lovely, it all pales in comparison to this incredible room. I can sit here for long stretches of time, just basking in the beauty of Monet's lily pad paintings.
An awesome little museum tucked away in the Tuileries Gardens! Very quiet and not crowded - the perfect way to view (actually be surrounded by) Monet's Waterlilies - you can actually sit and stare at them for hours if you like!
I was in Paris for the summer and while in Paris, I felt like I had to see the museums. I bought a 3 day museum pass and tried to hit all of the museums that I could in 3 days.
This was the 1st museum I went to. I got there extremely early, but there was still a pretty hefty line; however, because I had bought that museum pass ahead of time, I got to skip to the front. I felt bad, but I didn't care. On the outside, the museum doesn't look very impressive. It's small and on the outer edge of a park; which was nice to walk in the morning.
This museum was awe inspiring. It opened up a whole other culture for me and to see Monet's "Water Lillies" was priceless. I got to see something that I've only ever seen on tv or the internet. It was a memorable journey and I can't wait to return to do it again. Paris may be my favorite European city... absolutely beautiful!
It's no secret that I am a dedicated Monet fan. He was nothing short of brilliant and his word is endlessly fascinating. This museum was a beautiful discovery, and the viewing of Monet's water lilies in the space meant to contain them was an awe-inspiring view.
If you love Monet, this is a must-do on your Paris sightseeing list.
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