Orangerie Museum, Paris

Orangerie Museum, Paris (must see)

The Musée de l'Orangerie in Place de la Concorde is an art gallery of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings displayed in a former greenhouse for orange trees; hence the name.

The greenhouse was built in 1852 but the actual museum that emerged here only in 1927 started off with the display of the series of Monet's decorative canvas-painted waterlily panels, called the “Nympheas”. The panels are essentially giant murals covering walls in the oval rooms on the ground floor. Their general idea is to create a tranquil, relaxed setting in which the outdoor stress is literally “colored” away. Combined with the diffused sunlight pouring in through the ceiling, the painted waterlily garden puts visitors into an alternate, unique mood, just as Monet had intended. This gets particularly captivating in mid-morning on a sunny day. Visitors are encouraged to start viewing the panels from the center of the room, gradually getting closer till they're able to make out the brush strokes on the canvas.

Apart from Monet's waterlilies, the museum also exhibits the Walter-Guillaume collection featuring first-rate artworks by Renoir, Picasso, Cezanne, Derain, Mattise, Rousseau, Sisley, and others.

There's is a small, well-stocked gift shop on the premises, plus a tiny self-service café, in case you want a quick snack or coffee.

Tip:
You may consider getting a combined ticket for the Orangerie and Orsay Museum. The price is fair and will allow you to skip line to the Orsay.

Opening Hours:
Wed-Mon: 9am-6pm; closed on Tuesdays
Last admission: 5:15pm; Museum cleared from 5:45pm

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Sight Name: Orangerie Museum
Sight Location: Paris, France
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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