Les Nymphéas by Claude Monet at the Musée de l'Orangerie of Paris.
Les Nymphéas (Waterlillies) by Claude Monet at the Musée de l'Orangerie. (Photo by Baptiste Pons)

Surrounded by 360º of Monet Waterlillies

The wonderful Orangerie—originally a warming house to protect citrus trees (like, say, oranges) from frostbite during winters in the Tuileries Gardens just off place de la Concorde—is one of Paris' best secret spots.

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• Musée Marmottan
• Musée d'Orsay
• Musée du Petit Palais
Works by Impressionists and other early 20th century painters—Cézanne, Renoir, Picasso, Rousseau, Matisse, Gauguin, Derain, Modigliani—hang in the rooms upstairs.

But that's not the reason you come here.

In the basement of the Orangerie hides Monet's grandest project and most beautiful memorial: two specially-built oval rooms, each set with 360 degrees of continuous Waterlillies.

This immersive painterly bouquet was the artist's gift to the city of Paris upon his death.

Orangerie tips

Planning your time

The museum is rather small, and you can whip through in 30 minutes, but budget at least 45–60 minutes to really enjoy to art. Some folks spend 20 minutes just sitting in the middle of those Monet Waterlillies, soaking it all in.

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Free admission with a sightseeing card

Get into the Orangerie for free (and skip the line at the ticket booth) with either the Paris Museum Pass (sights) or the Paris PassParis Pass (sights + transport + attractions).

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Take a tour of the Orangerie

Guided docent tours of the Orangerie are offered in English every Monday and Thursday ay 2:30pm (€6; 90 min.).

Or you can take a wider-ranging, 3.5-hour "Monet Seminar" (which also visits the Musée Marmottan) with an art historian through our partners at Context Travel:

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Combined admission

Get a ticket covering admission to both the Orangerie and the Musée d'Orsay for €14. It lasts for four days, but is good for only one admission at each museum. (Frankly, the unlimited-entry Paris Sightseeing PassParis Pass or Paris Museum Pass are better deals.)

The Orangerie is free once a month

Admission to the Orangerie is free—and the museum is intensely crowded—on the first Sunday of every month.

Les Nymphéas by Claude Monet at the Musée de l'Orangerie of Paris.
More Nymphéas (Waterlillies) by Claude Monet at the Musée de l'Orangerie. (Photo by Happy A)

 

 

 



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The Musée de l'Orangerie in the Tuleries Gardens of Paris. (Photo by Traktorminze)

 

 

Paul Cezanne's Dejeuner sur l'Herbe in the Orangerie Museum, Paris
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