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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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  • We bought the ticket along with the d'Orsay because I had a discount. Is a smaller but more intimate Museum. The oval rooms with works by Monet are a spectacle. Loved it!
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  • This museum was surprisingly small but still high quality and definately worth the visit. The uniquely large and curved Monet paintings make the entire visit worthwhile! 
  • Literally bathing in an environment of beauty aquatic flora and fauna. Sit and get lost in reverie, then stand up and try to embrace this legendary work. Do not forget the collection permanent which conceals some masterpieces and not to neglect temporary exhibitions very well presented in general as point too outstanding.
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  • I was really impressed by the great collection of this museum! Especially Monet. There are also some works of Renoir, Cézanne, Gauguin, Picasso, etc. I like how the caption is written as it describes the background in detail. There is some adequate introduction of artists too. And the exhibition is spacious enough for visitors to appreciate the works in different positions. It's a totally enjoyable experience!
  • A fantastic collection of impressionist and other art. Of particular note is the Monet collection, displayed spectacularly under natural light in this unique venue. See also: Cezanne and Picasso. Smaller than other museums but very focused.
  • This is a rather small museum, but what it may lack in size, it makes up for in quality. The display of Monet's Water Lilies is simply sublime and breathtaking. The other exhibitions are very thought-provoking and engaging as well. The museum gift shop also has a nice selection of prints in stock.
  • I'm not a big art fan, but after visiting Monet's gardens in Giverny the day previous, I decided I needed to see some of Monet's work I took to the L'orangerie to see his famous water lilies. When I arrived around noon, there was a line for both people who needed tickets (me) and people who already HAD tickets. (You can buy your tickets online for 1.75 EUR more than what they charge at the museum, but it doesn't appear to expedite anything). I only stood in line for a maximum of 10 minutes, before I was ushered through security and into the ticket area. Don't bring luggage to the museum, it's not allowed (small bags are OK). The ticket price is only 9 EUR, which is a steal for what you get to see. I bought tickets and an audio guide (additionaly 5 EUR), and went downstairs first to view the collection in basement. I was treated to a large amount of impressionist paintings from many well-known artists. I'm glad I bought the audio guide, because the most intriguing thing to me was learning the history behind many of the paintings and their creators. Hearing these stories was even more exciting than being a nose-tip away from a brush stroke made by Picasso or Monet himself! I spent at least two hours navigating the collection, listening to the history, and taking photos of the art I loved. Next, I moved upstairs to the water lilies, housed in two rooms designed by Monet himself. The history of these rooms is very interesting as well. I won't spoil it for you, but be sure to listen to the audio guide and view the pictures before you enter the viewing rooms. I'm not an existential person, but once I entered the rooms with Monet's giant water Lilly canvases, I was at peace. The natural light, the quiet, and the beautiful colors from the paintings provided me with a sense of calm; I can't recall the last time I felt it (maybe in the woods?). I spent a half hour viewing the paintings between the two rooms until I grew annoyed with a few groups of people who kept jockeying for selfies with the paintings. That's the only detracting factor to the whole experience at L'Orangerie: annoying tourists who are just here for a selfie-op. When I left the museum, it was around 3:00, and it was very busy...the line was four times as long as what it was around noon. Worth the 9 EUR to enter. I also recommend the audio guide. Be prepared for a calming experience in Monet's rooms with this water lilies.
  • As good as the D'Orsay. Attendant on door very helpful. Amazing collection. Really great.
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