Here are some amazing things you can do at the Orangerie Museum
1.) Let yourself be surrounded by Monet’s Water Lilies (Les Nympheas)
Claude Monet’s whole “Water Lilies cycle” is exposed in a peculiar way in the first two rooms of the Museum: the egg-shaped room allows you to enjoy the water lilies over different periods of the day and of the year with a 360° panoramic view. You can take the virtual visit of those two rooms on the museum website first, but nothing should prevent you from coming to this huge room with a festival of colors and of “strokes of light”. From a dark blue to a discrete pink, you will have as much time as you need to marvel at those masterpieces.
2.) Take a guided your of the whole collection
From Cézanne to Walter & Guillaume
All major impressionist works are gathered in this museum. The visit of the Walter & Guillaume collection follows the history of the museum on the one hand and of impressionism on the other hand. You will meet Cézanne, Renoir, Rousseau, Modigliani, Laurencin, Matisse, Picasso, Derain, Utrillo and Soutine. If all those names don’t ring a bell to you, don’t hesitate to take a guided tour, it is totally worth it.
3.) Buy a combined ticket
Orangerie Museum – Orsay Museum
If you liked the Orangerie, you will love the Orsay Museum! Actually, it shelters the biggest collection of impressionist works in the world. If you were afraid of not having seen any painting from Manet or Degas, you will be thrilled to know the most famous of them are exposed there. For example, you will be able to stare aimlessly at the Déjeuner sur l’herbe (Luncheon on the grass), which raised the roof when it was first exposed.
The Tickets are 14€ (no queuing, valid for four days to visit each museum) and the Orsay Museum is one bridge away, on the left bank!
- After 5pm, all visitors have a reduced-price ticket.
- The Orangerie Museum and the Orsay Museum are complementary: Be sure not to visit one without visiting the other!
- Get a combined ticket here for the Orangerie and the Orsay for an extra euro and you’ll be able to cut the huge line of the Orsay.
Facts about the Orangerie Museum
Impressionism was a French art movement born from the association of several artists of the second half of the nineteenth century.
Severely criticized in its early stages, this movement went on and especially from 1874 to 1886 with eight public exhibitions in Paris. It symbolized the modern art breakdown with academicism. Impressionism is notably characterized by a tendency to paint the impressions, the mobility of climatic phenomena, rather than a stable and conceptual aspect of things. The Orangerie Museum is dedicated to French impressionist paintings…
It was built in 1853 to shelter the orange trees, in the Tuileries Garden. In 1920, the Orangerie of the Tuileries Garden was chosen by Claude Monet to host the Water Lilies cycle the painter had given to the State. Camille Lefevre, chief architect of the Louvre, developed works following Monet’s indications until the overture to the public in 1927 (even if Monet died in 1926).
In 2006, restoration works were carried out for 30 million Euros. The ceiling was improved to light the building better and the surface of the basement was extended for a total of 6,300m².
The Orangerie museum was attached to the Orsay Museum in 2010.
What I want is immediacy… the same light spreading everywhere, the same light, the same light” Monet said, about his impressionist painting technique. The Orangerie Museum is unique: there you will discover French art at its climax. The influence of impressionism on French culture is not to be demonstrated anymore; we French students even have to copy one of the famous Water Lilies paintings, in fine arts class… in 4th grade!”.Georges
- 13 million visitors a year 99%
- Incredibly detailed 80%
- Contains hidden mysteries 70%
Opened every day From 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. except Tuesday, May 1st, July 14th (in the morning) and December 25th.
How Much Does it Cost?
Full price: 7.50 €
Reduced price: 5 €
1.) Place de la Concorde:
A historical plaza of Paris, with its famous Obélisque, and the biggest Ferris wheel in Paris. On sunset, you can make the most of a spectacular view: in this order, you will see The Champs Elysées, then the Arc de Triomphe, and finally the Arche de la defense.
How to get there:
Metro, Concorde Station, line 1, 8 and 12.
2.) Louvre Museum and Tuileries Garden:
That is a museum you cannot miss! It is one of the most visited in France, well known for its rich collection of art: Ancient Egypt and Renaissance cohabit very well, for instance.
How to get there:
Metro, Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre, line 1 and 7 or Tuileries, line 1.
3.) Grand Palais:
On both sides of the Avenue Winston Churchill, the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais present extremely various art exhibitions in Paris: one of the most visited, those days, is the Helmut Newton exhibition.
How to get there:
Metro, Champs Elysées Clémenceau, line 1 and 13, or Invalides, line 8 and 13 (or RER C)
You can take a Right Bank Walking Tour if you want to know more about those Paris Landmarks.
Why it’s worth visiting
- If you are interested in arts, and especially in impressionism, this is definitely one of the places to be!
- If you want to see where the last scenes of Sex and the City took place.
- Because you will then be able to go wherever you want from this point as it is downtown, between the Louvre, Rue de Rivoli, the Champs Elysees, the Grand Palais…