Musée de l'Orangerie

Paris, France

The Musée de l'Orangerie is an art gallery of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings. Though most famous for being the permanent home for eight Water Lilies murals by Claude Monet, the museum also contains works by Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Rousseau, Alfred Sisley, Chaim Soutine, and Maurice Utrillo, among others.

the Orangerie was originally built in 1852 by the architect Firmin Bourgeois and completed by his successor, Ludovico Visconti, to shelter the orange trees of the garden of the Tuileries. Used by the Third Republic in the nineteenth century as deposit for goods, an examination room, and place of lodging for mobilized soldiers, it also served to house sporting, musical, and patriotic events. Additionally, it was a place to display exhibitions of industry, animals, plants, as well as rare displays of painting.


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Founded: 1852
Category: Museums in France

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Justin Reeg (18 months ago)
Monet's work was beautiful. The rest we personally didn't love. We enjoyed our stop though!
emeczka7 (20 months ago)
Just forget Louvre and come to Musée de l'Orangerie. This place was totally mesmerizing for me. I could just sit there in front of those Monet paintings for hours...
Maureen Veech (20 months ago)
Visited this lovely place many years ago. Sat for hours enjoying the water lollies. Thank you for the beautiful pictures as mine were destroyed on a fire. Would love to visit there again. Qui sais ( who knows)
Ross Carroll (20 months ago)
Unfortunately I just don't see the appeal. There is ONE room that has a fascinating mural that goes around the entire wall, and that's about it? Its not too expensive to get in, thankfully, otherwise it just would not be worth it.
Max Robinson (23 months ago)
This small museum has an AMAZING collection of Monet and other impressionists and post-impressionists, and very interesting new architecture as well.
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