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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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  • How extraordinary to see the wondrous series of paintings in the perfect setting! Just amazing. AND, the museum has other interesting exhibits as well. Again, the Museum Pass meant I went right past t...  more »
  • Two rooms dedicated to Monet - can't get much better than that. Plus the rest of the exhibits were a delight. Easy to get to on the Metro (get off at Concorde) or if the weather is good take a stroll ...  more »
  • A beautiful display if Impressionist art including glorious full sized Monet's water lilly' s. Not too crowded and well set out.  more »
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  • This is a great museum, it is quite small but with all the great, classical and inspiring works of art. All the classics from Monet to Van Gogh to Picasso and more. Plus it has a beautiful setting for Monet's water lilies. Truly enjoyed it. Entrance is 9 euro.
  • Loved the size of this museum. Made it great see it all with the kids. Best part are the two rooms dedicated to Monet's waterlilies. Beautiful!
  • This was one of the best art gallery experiences in Paris. I am Monet fan so maybe that is my bias but seeing the waterlilies that huge in 2 rooms filled with a panoramic view was amazing. We saved it to see on Monday as most other galleries aren't open Monday. Got a quick bypass with the museum pass. They also had a special show called Paris-Tokyo about the founder of Bridgestone. Their other collection was also very nice with a lot of famous painters. Yes it's not the Louvre and some massive gallery. I don't get how others felt it was too small for the value but I guess we all value different things and for the rooms of Monet and the other famous paintings in the collection I found this excellent.
  • Fabulous way to see large collection of Monet and his contemporaries. Impressionist used to be an insult. Not today. See the originals and it will take away your desire for placemats or coasters :-) Also interesting to consider their struggles together for recognition, and to think how today's prices have no relevance to the starving artist.
  • I visited this museum because it was included in my museum pass and I was in the area. The museums in Paris can often be very large and overwhelming and this was a wonderful rest from that. It doesn't take much time to see the entire collection and what a collection it has. The highlight of the museum is the two large oval rooms displaying Monet's work. I highly recommend just sitting and looking at all the different strokes which make up these large paintings. Downstairs there are many different impressionist paintings. I was surprised by this museum and I highly recommend visiting it.