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Orangerie museum is known for the Water Lilies of Claude Monet that it shelters. The Water Lilies cycle occupied Claude Monet for three decades, from the end of the 1890s, until his death in 1926, at the age of 86.
Orangerie museum also contains in its basement the Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume collection, devoted to the great names of the 20th century: Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Soutine and a few others. They are paintings of the Impressionist (XIXe) and Modernisme (XXe) periods.
Outside of the building are also sculptures by Rodin and a few others.

Open hours

Day of closure on Tuesday

Exceptional closing: Closed on the morning of July 14th. The Musée de l’Orangerie is closed from Friday 30 October to Tuesday 1st December, 1 May and 25 December.

Opening hours:  Wednesday-Monday, 9am-6pm.

9h00 - 18h00
Mer. Jeu. Ven. Sam. Dim.
9h00 - 18h00
  • Last admission at 5.15pm
  • Museum cleared from 5.45pm.

Exceptional opening

  • January 1st
  • Easter
  • Easter Monday
  • Ascension Day
  • May 8th
  • Pentecost
  • Pentecost Monday
  • July 14th
  • August 15th
  • November 1st
  • November 11th

Photography in the museum
Taking photographs is permitted, as long as this does not become a visual or audible source of irritation for other visitors.

  • Métro - Line 8 and line 12 - Station Concorde
  • RER - Line A station Auber or line C station Invalide
  • Bus - 42, 52, 72, 73, 84, 94
  • Offer adapted to people with disabilities - Offre adaptée aux personnes en situation de handicap

Musée de l'Orangerie
Jardin des Tuileries (côté Seine - on the Seine side)
Place de la Concorde
75001 Paris

Sur la carte :

48°51'51.7"N 2°19'18.4"E

48.86435, 2.32176

Coordinates Latitude Longitude
Sexagesimal (°, ', ") 48°51'51.7" N 2°19'18.4" E
Degré décimal (GPS) 48.86435 2.32176

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Tarifs et modalités - free visit

  • Full price : 12,50 €
  • Reduced rate : 10 €
  • Ticket valid for a single entry

Free entrance

  • Entrée libre le 1er dimanche du mois.
  • Gratuit pour les -26 ans ressortissants de l'Union européenne, les enseignants du 1er et 2nd degré (hors expositions temporaires).
  • Gratuit jeunes et enfants -18 ans.

Accepted payment methods - Modes de paiement acceptés

  • CB/Visa
  • Eurocard/Mastercard

- Pour les visiteurs de moins de 18 ans
- Pour les visiteurs âgés de 18 à 25 ans, ressortissants de l’Union Européenne et non ressortissants mais résidents de longue durée (plus de 3 mois) dans l’Union Européenne, sur justificatif
- Pour tous les visiteurs le premier dimanche de chaque mois

Reduced rate (upon presentation of proof) including - Tarif réduit (sur présentation d'un justificatif) notamment :

  • "Child and company", for accompanying persons of a young person under 18 years of age, resident in the European Union, within the limit of 2 accompanying persons per child
  • Complete list of reduced and free rates

"Enfant et compagnie", pour les accompagnants d'un jeune de moins de 18 ans, résidant dans l'Union Européenne, dans la limite de 2 accompagnants par enfant
Liste complète des tarifs réduits et gratuités

Ticket office - Billeterie

All visitors are required to book a time slot.
Visitors entitled to free admission must make a booking indicating time and date, and bring proof of entitlement (with the exception of Carte Blanche, SAMO and AFMO cardholders whose prior reservation is not required).
For free admission on the first Sunday of the month, a reserved time slot is required.

Tous les visiteurs doivent obligatoirement effectuer une réservation avec créneau horaire.
Les visiteurs bénéficiant de la gratuité doivent effectuer une réservation horodatée et se munir d'un justificatif (à l'exception des détenteurs de la Carte Blanche, SAMO et AFMO dont la réservation préalable n'est pas obligatoire).
Gratuité le 1er dimanche du mois : réservation d'un créneau horaire également obligatoire.


Booking is closed until December.

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Full description

Orangerie Museum: first the Water Lilies by Claude Monet

The Orangerie Museum in the Jardin des Tuileries and near the Place de la Concorde. It is known for the Water Lilies of Claude Monet that it shelters. The Water Lilies cycle occupied Claude Monet for three decades, from the end of the 1890s, until his death in 1926, at the age of 86.

This cycle of paintings is inspired by the water garden he created in the property of his house in Giverny, Normandy. (See article - in progress).

There are not only Claude Monet's Water Lilies to see at the Orangerie Museum !

  • But the basement of the Orangerie Museum houses the Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume collection, devoted to the great names of the 20th century: Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Soutine, and a few others. They are paintings of the Impressionist (XIXe) and Modernisme (XXe) periods.
  • Around the building, several sculptures are exhibited outside.
    Along the north façade that runs along the Tuileries garden, they are the Grand commandant blanc (1986) by sculptor Alain Kirili and three bronze castings by Rodin: Ève (1881), Méditation avec bras (1881) and L'Ombre (1881).
    The fourth work by Rodin takes place in front of the entrance of the museum to the west.
  • On the other side of the museum, the sculptures Reclining Nude (1951) by Henry Moore are also visible, located at the foot of the stairs, as well as the casting of Le lion au serpent by Antoine-Louis Barye, located on the terrace on the banks of the Seine river.

The history of the Water Lilies and Claude Monet

The Orangerie Museum houses eight compositions of Monet's large Water Lilies made from different panels assembled together. These compositions are all equal height (1.97 m) but are of different widths so that they are distributed on the curved walls of two ovoid rooms.

Nothing was left to chance by the artist for this ensemble that he has long meditated on.

The installation of the Water Lilies at the Orangerie Museum

The installation was done according to Claude Monet's will in connection with the architect Camille Lefèvre and with the help of the statesman Clemenceau. He foresees the forms, volumes, layout, scans, and spaces between the different panels, the free course of the visitor through several openings between the rooms, the zenithal daylight that floods the space in good weather or on the contrary is more discreet when it is veiled by clouds, thus making the painting vibrate with the passage of time.

The ensemble is one of the largest monumental achievements of painting in the first half of the twentieth century. The dimensions and surface area covered by the painting surround and encompass the viewer for nearly one hundred linear meters. It is where a water landscape unfolds, punctuated by water lilies, willow branches, tree reflections, and clouds, giving "the illusion of an endless whole, a wave without horizon and shoreline" in Monet's own words. This unique masterpiece has no equivalent anywhere in the world.

The Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume collection

This collection includes:

  • For the Impressionist period, twenty-five works by Auguste Renoir, fifteen works by Paul Cézanne, one work by Paul Gauguin, Claude Monet, and Alfred Sisley.
  • For the 20th century, the Orangerie Museum presents twelve works by Pablo Picasso, ten by Henri Matisse, five by Amedeo Modigliani, six by Marie Modigliani, nine by Douanier Rousseau, thirty by André Derain, ten by Maurice Utrillo, twenty-two by Chaïm Soutine and one by Kees Van Dongen.
  • In 2018, a Lega statuette from the Paul Guillaume collection was acquired by the museum.

Depending on loans and movements of the collectionon, the works are presented in the room on a rotating basis.

The Orangerie museum offers a unique opportunity to see these 148 paintings in addition to Claude Monet's Nymphéas.

The House of Monet in Giverny

This visit can be complemented by a visit to Monet's house-museum in Giverny, where you can appreciate the reality you have just seen at the Orangery museum. (See article - in preparation). Allow a day to go to Giverny which is 75 km west of Paris. Click "How to get to Giverny from Paris to Giverny - By bus, train or car".

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Open hours today: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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    9:00 am - 6:00 pm

  • Friday

    9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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    9:00 am - 6:00 pm

  • Sunday

    9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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