Musee de l'Orangerie

Musee de l'Orangerie, Paris: Hours, Address, Musee de l'Orangerie Reviews: 4.5/5

Musee 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
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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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David M
Wirral, UK5 contributions
Fantastic Hockney Exhibition
Nov 2021
Nice managesble museum with good permaneat collection and great guest exhibition. The Water lillies are displayed there. LOvely location
Written December 5, 2021
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Horea
Cluj-Napoca, Romania56 contributions
Small museum, it has a lot to offer
Dec 2021 • Family
A rather small museum compared to others in Paris but it has a lot to offer! Apart from the permanent exhibitions, be sure to check the temporaries ones. A feature that could be definitely improved is the cloak room - as for now, they only allow you to leave your bags there, but your clothes not. During winter time, a cloak room for clothes would come in handy for visitors.
Written December 2, 2021
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George P
Glyfada, Greece114 contributions
It's woth it but it's kinda expensive
Nov 2021
It's a lovely museum with a great space for exhibitions and the long paintings of Monet on the ground floor. However, the ticket is somewhat pricey.
Written November 28, 2021
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ElaineT
Washington DC, DC63 contributions
Monet is stunning
Nov 2021
The two rooms of Monet's water lilies make this museum worth the visit. The rest of the collection is modest since so many of the major works are at the Louvre or Musée d'Orsay.
Written November 24, 2021
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petesaund
United Kingdom1,386 contributions
Stunning iconic David Hockney masterpiece
Nov 2021
A stunning museum with ground level windows floor to ceiling both sides giving great vistas
I wish to focus on the 80 metre David Hockney scroll 'a year in Normandy' which will become an iconic piece of our modern times - it mimics Bayeaux tapestrey in length and progression and the seasons in Monet's lilies.In fact Hockneys use of colour is so vibrant and eye-catching that it makes Monets lillies dull
However you are served another treat with Paul Guillaume collection which has a large number of Renoir
Written November 20, 2021
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Matthew G
New Jersey2,858 contributions
Quick and simple to visit – worth it for the waterlilies
Oct 2021
I’ve been wanting to visit the Musee de l’Orangerie for years to see the famed Monet waterlily paintings. When my wife and I were recently in Paris, we had a chance to make a quick stop at the Orangerie and thought it was a worth our time, but it was a bit smaller and less involved of a museum visit than we expected.

We booked tickets in advance for a specific time, although it was not crowded enough when we were there in early October to need advance tickets. It saved us a couple minutes in line outside since we already had tickets, but there wasn’t much advantage. It also seemed a little odd that after going through security, we were still guided toward a normal ticket desk to show our pre-purchased tickets, when it seemed like we should have been able to bypass that and go straight to the exhibits. Either way, it didn’t really matter, and the entrance process was quick and easy.

We also paid extra for the audio guide, which was picked up from a separate desk in the lobby. I would not necessarily recommend getting the audio guide. The museum is very small, and basically consists of two rooms of the Monet water lilies, and then one special exhibit, which rotates, on the bottom level. The audio guide didn’t really give much color to the Monet portion of the museum if you have any knowledge of him and his water lilies already (but could be helpful if you know nothing). The audio guide also covered the downstairs exhibit, so if you have a major interest in that exhibit, you’ll get value out of it. However, if you don’t, the audio guide is not really providing much.

We did the water lilies first, and they were just gorgeous, as expected. Seeing them in the round in the way they were intended is amazing, and I liked that the rooms where they are showcased have signs asking people to be quiet, which just makes for great viewing and contemplation of these pieces. It wasn’t overly crowded in those rooms either, so that was nice. It was actually more crowded in the other exhibit, which I wasn’t expecting.

After spending about 20 minutes with the water lilies, we went downstairs to see the current special exhibit on Soutine and de Kooning. It seemed like a good exhibit, but we simply don’t know much about those artists, so we breezed through it relatively quickly. Like I mentioned, it was also very crowded in there, so that made me want to move on and not really linger.

All in all, we both commented that we were surprised how quickly our visit to the Orangerie Museum was over. On one hand, it was really nice to feel like we had really seen a whole museum and “conquered” it for once, in contrast to a place like the Louvre where you’ll never see it all. On the other hand, it just felt smaller than we expected too, and I’m not clear why this needs to be its own museum and couldn’t have been integrated into somewhere like the Musee d’Orsay, for example. Either way, I guess our main goal was to see the water lilies, which we saw and loved, so we accomplished our goal.
Written November 10, 2021
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA11,596 contributions
Look for a Special Exhibit
Jul 2021
Come here when there is a special expo that appeals to you, and at the same time you can see the Monets. which are exquisite. Be prepared for a line. Classic old building near the Louvre.
Written October 28, 2021
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Turner S
Paris, France1,037 contributions
can be done quickly
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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William F
Denver, CO577 contributions
Great Museum on a scale that is manageable
Oct 2021
I loved this museum. I did not really do my research in advance and know of course they would have the Monet Water Lillies. What I was surprised was the number of Derains that they had who has been a favorite of mine for many years. What makes this museum special to me is you can spend an hour or an hour and a half and have covered it well. It is not an overwhelming museum and highly recommend.
Written October 25, 2021
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Louise L
Saint Louis, MO50 contributions
Wonderful museum, a “ don’t miss”
Oct 2021 • Friends
This a wonderful museum that really takes you through the history of Impressionism of course ending with the Monet water lilies . We really enjoyed the 1.5 hour English speaking tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and a wonderful demeanor. She really explained for us the progression of Impressionism and it’s Influences and influencers. It is located in the Tuileries Garden off of the Place de la Concorde with views of the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. It was a great start to our Paris trip. I highly recommend this museum. Also, it’s very manageable for your friends and family that aren’t huge museum people.
Written October 19, 2021
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