Orsay and Orangerie Museums

19 May 2018



A former train station and an Orangery built in 1852 to shelter the orange trees of the garden of the Tuileries during winter. Monet’s Waterlilies (Les Nympheas) are the uncontested star of this gem of a museum. The artist’s famed series is installed in two breathtaking galleries in the Musée de l’Orangerie. Two institutions that host masterpieces of the late XIXth century and beginning of the XXth: impressionist works and the famous Water lilies of Monet.


Enjoy a skip the line guided visit for those two big cultural institutions of the center of Paris.

Be amazed in front of the works of several world-famous artists who constitute the permanent collections and the temporary exhibitions of these two museums. Situated in the magnificent Tuileries Garden, the Musée de l’Orangerie proposes to the visitors a poetic display of two prestigious collections of works realized at the beginning of the XXth century.

Among the displays, the most remarkable work is the series of eight water lilies painted by Claude Monet which have a permanent home in the Orangery.

Combine visit 3h

Meet your guide in front of the Rhinoceros statue in front of the main entrance of the museum. Discover some masterpieces of the French academicism and relive the scandals of the works exposed at the official Salons (shows) before the creation of the Salon of the refuted and Impressionist Salon. Discover and understand the evolution of art towards impressionism, and finally discover the collection of Vincent Van Gogh’s work of the museum.

After the visit of the Musée d’Orsay, you will stroll the magnificent garden of the Tuileries to join the Museum of the Orangery, established as a museum at the beginning of the 20th century.

The vast collection of paintings from the XIXth century and the beginning of the XXth century presents works of other renowned impressionists and their followers. You will see some of the studies of Cézanne on fruits and flowers, you will discover the exotic style of the attractive portraits of Matisse, you will redraw the phases of Picasso through its interpretations of naked models, and will discover Claude Monet’s famous water lilies.

  • Tickets for the two museums are included in the visit price, and will be supplied by your guide.
  • If, at the end of the visit, you are left unsatisfied, know that you will have the possibility of staying in the Orangerie Museum to take advantage of other works at your own rhythm.
  • The Musée d’Orsay is close on Tuesdays.

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