Fodor's Expert Review Musée de l'Orangerie

Around the Louvre Museum/Gallery

In high season the lines can be long to see Claude Monet's huge, meditative Water Lilies (Les Nymphéas), displayed in two curved galleries designed in 1914 by the master himself. But they are well worth the wait. These works are the highlight of the Orangerie's small but excellent collection, which also features early-20th-century paintings by Renoir, Cézanne, and Matisse. Many hail from the private holdings of high-powered art dealer Paul Guillaume (1891–1934), among them Guillaume's portrait by Modigliani entitled Novo Pilota (New Pilot). Temporary exhibitions, such as 2017's Dada Africa, are typically quirky and well curated. Built in 1852 to shelter orange trees, the long rectangular building, a twin of the Jeu de Paume across the garden, includes a portion of the city's 16th-century wall (you can see remnants on the lower floor). A small café and gift shop are here, too.


Quick Facts

Paris, Île-de-France  75001, France


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: €9 (€6.50 after 5); €14 joint ticket with Musée d\'Orsay; €18.50 joint ticket with Giverny (valid 1 yr), €9; €16 joint ticket with Musée d\'Orsay; €18.50 joint ticket with Giverny (open March-Nov.), Closed Tues.

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