Musée de l’Orangerie
Musée de l’Orangerie
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Most famous for its display dedicated to Monet's Water Lilies, this gallery in the Tuileries Gardens has a wide collection of impressionist and post-impressionist works.
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The area
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Neighborhood: Louvre / Palais-Royal
From the majestic Louvre to the regal Palais-Royal, this neighborhood oozes luxury. The grand arches along Rue de Rivoli are shadowed by mosaics in front of decorated vitrines and hotels. Place Vendôme is lined with the world’s best jewelers and their glittering window displays. Every other establishment has someone to open the door for you or park your car. You can spend hours gazing at its haute couture shops or lingering over a meal at any of its chic eateries. After all that indulgence, the Tuileries gardens provide stately respite, while theaters compete for your applause. It's a neighborhood that draws admirers from around the world, all attracted to the luxe life in Paris.
How to get there
  • Concorde • 5 min walk
  • Musée d'Orsay • 5 min walk
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  • yfp02
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Another fantastic museum
    Having been to Paris on numerous occasions this was a museum that we had overlooked. It is well worth the visit not just for Monet’s Water Lilies, as there is so much more to see. There was a Matisse exhibit when we went which was amazing. Well worth the visit. Would recommend pre-booking tickets.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 14, 2023
  • skd22
    553 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get a timed ticket!
    We were not sure we were going to be able to make it to the Musee de l"Orangerie until the night before. We hopped online to buy tickets and they were sold out. We decided to go and stand in line. I highly recommend you get tickets in advance. We lined up in the full sun for an hour and 15 minutes. The line continued to get longer the later in the day as we also checked it as we left. we did see several people try and arrive early with their timed tickets. They were all turned away until their time. we did notice that people that arrived after their time were let in no matter how far off they had missed their time. I would buy an early timed ticket in the day and show up at your convenience. The musem itself is something to see. We bought the headset self guided tour and I recommend it as the commentary was very interesting. The Waterlillies are the highlight, but there are quite a few other amazing works.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 9, 2023
  • Stamford_Family
    Orlando, Florida46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Size Matters
    This was a last-minute stop. We did wait in line, so I recommend getting tickets in advance or showing up early. This museum houses the works of Monet and his Water Lillies. I knew the paintings were large, but totally did not expect the sheer magnitude of these paintings. Definitely recommend a visit.
    Visited March 2023
    Written June 23, 2023
  • Katie H
    36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic experience!
    My partner and I visited recently and it was an unforgettable experience! It was amazing to see the Waterlillies in full glory in such a big, open space! It is hard to describe how amazing it is in words - it needs to be seen! The lower floor is also excellent - with lots of painings to see and appreciate! I would definitely highly recommend a visit!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 9, 2023
  • Moonshiner8
    Mason, Ohio111 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a stop
    Worth the visit if you did not get enough art in the Louvre or Orsey. Monet’s water lilies are the main attraction but there is much to see in addition. The crowd was quite small so you can spend some more time admiring the works.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 30, 2023
  • BethAnn H
    La Quinta, California209 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nymphéas in all their glory!
    Must see! Having been to Giverny and seen Monet’s paintings in museums worldwide, this recently opened two-gallery presentation of Claude Monet’s “Nymphéas“ is stunning. Make time to see the entire l’Orangerie collection because it is not duplicative of the Louvre nor Musée d’Orsay.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 11, 2023
  • AlexanderD
    Jackson, New Jersey4,615 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small but Powerful
    This is not a large museum. In addition to Monet’s rooms of water lilies, there is also several rooms of painting by prominent painters such as Picasso, Cessna, and Renoir. The Monet rooms are, of course, magnificent. We did not have reserved times but we’re able to get in after about 45 minutes. It was worth it.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 21, 2023
  • Sarah D
    Denver, Colorado277 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth it for water lilies
    Worth it for the water lilies alone. They’re stunning, I was not expecting them to be so massive and extensive. They are showcased beautifully, the lighting in the museum is gorgeous. I will say it’s a very small museum, could easily be seen in less than an hour, but the water lilies make up for the admission prices alone.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 1, 2023
  • JRM
    Penetanguishene, Canada102 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Experience
    This museum is all about Monet's Water Lilies. Two spacious rooms house four massive murals each. There are other works sprinkled about the rooms on the lower level; they add some variety to the experience. Have no illusions though; if you are not interested in gazing at (and hopefully marveling at) Monet's masterpieces for whole minutes, then do yourself a favor and skip this museum. For lovers of impressionist art, however, this is as lovely an experience as there is. Book an entry time online and you will have almost no wait to gain entry.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 3, 2023
  • Jane R
    Adelaide, Australia333 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    This is a small museum which houses the fabulous Claude Monet Wafer lily pieces which are well worth the visit . We purchased the entry tickets online along with the audio guides. Definitely worth a visit
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 6, 2023
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Tim H
New Westminster, Canada1,127 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Our second visit, some years after the first. This time, the Monets seemed dim, faded, drab at first, although that effect faded after a few minutes. Not as wonderful as my memories. Since then we have seen many Monets in various locations, so maybe we have changed.

Downstairs, because of renovations, there was nothing but one large painting that looked as if the workmen might have done it with rollers after a few verres du vin. The incremental cost of this museum in the combo pass with D’Orsay was only a few Euros so we shouldn’t complain.
Written February 3, 2020
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Turner S
1,468 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
It is a small museum that can be done quickly and paired with a visit to Musée d'Orsay or other sites nearby. Monet’s Water Lillies are the main attraction but the lower level has works from other artists of Monet’s era. Very manageable, well designed, easy to navigate. If possible, best to reserve ticket online so you can walk right in. Tickets can be purchased on site, but access may be delayed as they are still limiting the number of people inside as a COVID precaution as of October 2021.
Written October 27, 2021
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jpjpjpjpj
292 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
If you can get the combo ticket to the Musee D'Orsay with the l'Orangerie for an extra 4 euros, definitely worth it. Currently, there is a major renovation going on and much of their collection is not available for viewing. So, if you enjoy Monet, this is an opportunity to see a unique display of his waterlilies.

Primarily marked this as only a 3 star due to the lack of available art, otherwise, it's a great museum.
Written January 10, 2020
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S C
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
Well run museum. Easy to find and easy to find way around. Not crowded so could really appreciate the paintings. Shame we just missed the Hockney exhibit by a day.I would recommend going when there is a special exhibition on to get your money's worth for the entrance fee.
Written February 16, 2022
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Chris B
20 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Solo
I booked my tickets through the French section of the website so probably missed more clear wording - but as at 25 July the only section of the gallery that is open are the two rooms containing the water lillies (ie 8 paintings).

I’m not sure I’d have paid the reduced but still pretty high entry fee if I’d realised. I’d definitely not have bought the €3 audio guide. That’s a Euro for each of the three recordings and they were of a “meh” quality.

For some, the opportunity to visit these 8 impressively presented works in comparative quiet would be worth it. For me, it probably wasn’t - especially when the audio guide is included!
Written July 25, 2020
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Bella
172 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The highlight of the Museum are the Monet water lillies. We went in the alte afternoon and got to enjoy them with a very small crowd. They are doing some renovations, so we missed part fo their permanent collection. They did have a special of Seurat as well as "sunday afternoon in the park with george". Next time we hope to visit with buy a head tickets!
Written January 12, 2020
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etrangere
Salford, UK15 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Loved the Waterlilies of course, and the setting is perfect. It would have been better if staff did ask people to observe the requests for silence.
We were disappointed though that alone of all the museums in Paris that we visited, the Musee de l'Orangerie refused payment by cash - which for a foreign bank card makes it more expensive. The signage also did not correspond to the current use of layout (e.g. large signs to the Billeterie pointed past the place they were using to sell tickets). We presume this was due to covid measures (the cloakroom was also not available), but again was not as clear as other Paris museums, and made for a confusing and frustrating start to the visit.
Written March 8, 2022
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Elizabeth H
Corpus Christi, TX276 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We went on the free first Sunday of the month, but still got timed tickets online early. We arrived 10 minute before 9 and stayed until 10:45. The first floor is Monet's huge canvases, which were so cool to see after being in Giverny. You are supposed to view those rooms in silence, we were exiting as tour groups of high schoolers were entered so the shushing was beginning too (makes you feel like you are in the Sistine chapel)
The other floor with an excellent temporary exhibit and a handful of rooms of other artists of the same time period were also great.
There is a cafe and a great gift shop.
Written July 23, 2022
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Greg H
Dayton, OH102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
The lines were long - even for those of us with a museum pass; and much of the museum was closed. But I came to see the water lillies and I was not disappointed. I have admired the photos of Monet painting the exhibit for over 40 years. It was nice to finally see them face to face. If you are not a fan of Monet, I would wait until the new exhibits are opened. But for me, the 30 or so minutes we spent in line was worth it.
Written January 6, 2020
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Brett S
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Didn't really understand the hype about water lilies before coming here. We were at the Orsay museum and decided to hop over to this one and knock out the two big impressionist sites in one afternoon. Definitely worth the visit - entry way gives some quick background as to how the art ended up here, how it was basically the first of it's kind in terms of how the plan to display the panels was always part of Monet's master plan.
Written January 24, 2020
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