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Musee de l'Orangerie, Paris

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At Musee de l'Orangerie, enjoy a peaceful meditation on the eight Water Lilies murals (Nymphéas) by Claude Monet. This museum also contains notable works by Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Renoir, Rousseau, Derain, Soutine, and others. Come here to view an impressive collection of works from Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters. Another permanent feature called the Walter-Guillaume Collection displays Modern Classicist and Impressionist works from the first decades of the 20th century. Arrange your visit to Musee de l'Orangerie and discover more family-friendly attractions in Paris using our Paris vacation builder.
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  • this is a small museum near the garden de tullieries and it is worth a trip to see the Monet water lilies in natural light.  more »
  • The paintings are beautiful and very well presented, a treat! Outdoor building but very nice surprises inside because in fact very modern and there is nothing old in the architecture of it. Take a Cup lead ticket in advance because otherwise following periods and temporary exhibitions you may have to wait a long time.
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  • A source of contemplation and Zen! and great paintings. We learn about those who are at the origin of these beautiful collections that we have to see today, especially Paul Guillaume.
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  • Probably the smallest museum I have ever been, it's more like a gallery. If you like Monet, and his waterlily, you have to come here. There are two rooms with panoramic waterlily paintings hanging on the walls. Immerse yourself in the paintings. An experience of a life time.
  • If you are a fan of Monet, you simply cannot miss this museum. A small but exquisitely curated collection, with of course, the best attraction being the two elliptical rooms of Monet's waterlilies. As the museum is a bit smaller, I found it of great use to get an audio guide - didn't take too much extra time but added a lot to my visit.
  • Surprisingly intimate gallery, well curated. There is so much more to see here than the huge Monet water lilies. The queues can be enormous so best to get there early.
  • Must visit if you are a fan of art. After visiting the Louvre and Orsay, Orangerie felt a lot smaller than I expected. However that's not necessarily a bad thing since the most important pieces are readily on display. Other than the must sees of Monet and Renoir, there was also a special exhibit on the great depression while I visited, where American Gothic was also displayed.
  • A brilliant renovation! Monet's Lily Pond was finally visualized to its best with filtered natural light. The exhibition downstairs were beautifully curated with English labels, which is a must for the rest French Museums, if they are proud with their art and care enough to communicate to the rest of world. This place lives up to the Parisian reputation. It is professional, sophisticated and refine taste shown through the space.