Musee de l’Orangerie : A museum walk

We all love Paris for the café culture, shopping, famous landmarks and but mostly for the wonderful museums.  From the Louvre to Musee del l’Armee .. there is so much to see, learn and experience…  I love Musee de l’Orangerie’s compact size perfect for visits with kids, everyone knows the famous Monet Water lilies.  The ones at the Orangerie envelope you giving the “illusion of an endless whole, of a wave with no horizon and no shore” in the words of Monet. This unique masterpiece has no equivalent worldwide and it is located on Gardens of Tuileries right on river Seine.


Oval Rooms of Infinity

According to Claude Monet’s own suggestion, the eight compositions were set out in the two consecutive oval rooms. These rooms have the advantage of natural light from the roof, and are oriented from west to east, following the course of the sun and one of the main routes through Paris along the Seine. The two ovals evoke the symbol of infinity, whereas the paintings represent the cycle of light throughout the day.
Monet greatly increased the dimensions of his initial project, started before 1914. He wanted visitors to be able to immerse themselves completely in the painting and to forget about the outside world. The end of the First World War in 1918 reinforced his desire to offer beauty to wounded souls.  Sitting amongst these masterpieces brings such tranquility!
The first room brings together four compositions showing the reflections of the sky and the vegetation in the water, from morning to evening, whereas the second room contains a group of paintings with contrasts created by the branches of weeping willow around the water’s edge.


The Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume collection

The Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume collection is one of the finest European collections of paintings. It comprises about 150 works by Picasso, Matisse, Derain, Utrillo, Soutine…  The collection for the most part belonged to Paul Guillaume, a young French art dealer who amassed an extraordinary collection of several hundred paintings, from Impressionism to Modern Art. His widow Domenica, remarried to the architect Jean Walter, transformed and reduced the collection while also making new acquisitions. She wanted to name the collection after both her husbands when the French State acquired it in the late 1950s. From then on, the collection was destined for display at the Musée de l’Orangerie.

Here are a few masterpieces that caught our eye, enjoy this virtual museum walk at your leisure!

Works of Paul Cezanne
Paul Cezanne at Musee de l'Orangerie
Paul Cezanne at Musee de l'Orangerie
Paul Cezanne at Musee de l'Orangerie
Paul Cezanne at Musee de l'Orangerie
Paul Cezanne at Musee de l'Orangerie
Painting by Claude Monet Monet at Musee de l'Orangerie

Works of Pablo Picasso

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DSCN2305 DSCN2304 DSCN2300   Works of Auguste Renoir

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Works of Henri Matisse

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Works of Chaim Soutine

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Additional information for visiting the Musée de l’Orangerie

Here is the complete list of 146 works that make up the collection
Address: Jardin des Tuileries, Place de la Concorde
Website :

Full rate: €9
Free admission: 
– Visitors aged under 26 who are European Union nationals, and non-nationals who are long-term residents (more than 3 months) of an EU Member State, on proof of entitlement.
– All visitors on the first Sunday of each month

Combined Musée de l’Orangerie – Musée d’Orsay
Ticket: €14
Passport Musée de l’Orangerie – Fondation Claude Monet – Giverny 
Ticket: €18.50


15 thoughts on “Musee de l’Orangerie : A museum walk”

  1. Thank you for this great virtual museum tour. We’ve been to Paris twice and never made it to l’Orangerie. You’re so right that Paris has so many wonderful museums for everyone no matter what your interests are. We love Monet and will need to definitely add this for the next visit.
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  2. I didn’t have a chance to visit l’Orangerie when we were in Paris. Looking at your photos, I’m realizing that seeing Monet’s work in real life is a vastly different experience than just seeing a small print. I wish I had the time to go. Perhaps on my next visit.
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  3. Love Paris and all its great museums. Sounds like you had a great visit. I would also encourage those who visit Paris and plan to go to several museusm/attractions to check out the Paris Museum Pass as it can save you time (skipping lines) and money if you visit several sights. Looking forward to returning to Paris next month!
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  4. We’ve been here on our first wedding anniversary and it was brilliant. You really don’t understand the size of them until you see them. I did a school project on Monet so really enjoyed it xx #Mondayescapes
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  5. Musee de l’Orangerie was one of my favourite things to do in Paris when I was there in 2011. I loved going to the museums and art galleries in Paris. I remembered how quiet it was in the gallery in which Monet’s Water Lilies was displayed – the stark white background and the beauty of this creation automatically shushed chattering 😉 #MondayEscapes

  6. Hi PriVin, I’ve been haivng a look arund your blog (found through #MondayEscapes) and see youhave a lot of lovely posts about France like this one which would make a great addition to my monthy link up #AllAboutFrance which opens this Thursday. You can link up 2 posts and of course old posts are welcome. I hope to see you there. (You’ll find info on the sidebar in my blog).
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