Orangerie Museum in Paris

posted by Sharon March 11, 2018 50 Comments

The Orangerie (or l’Orangerie) in Paris is the home of a large circle of paintings by Claude Monet. In the words of the museum, “It was designed as a real environment and crowns the Water Lilies cycle begun nearly thirty years before. The set is one of the largest monumental achievements of early twentieth century painting.” The art was a gift to the French State on the day after the Armistice of World War I in November, 1918, symbolizing peace. The museum built specifically to house these paintings opened in 1927, just a few months after Monet’s death. Monet himself described this crowning achievement of his work on Water Lilies as giving an “illusion of an endless whole, of a wave with no horizon and no shore.”

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Orangerie Paris MonetOrangerie Paris MonetOrangerie Paris MonetYou can look at the impressionist paintings from a distance in this museum, or you can stand up close and take in the detail. Orangerie Paris Monet

The long view of these water lilies gives the impression that you are seeing lots of blue and purple hues. When you move in just a few inches from the paintings, you notice all the bright greens and yellows that contribute to the art. Orangerie Paris Monet

Orangerie Paris MonetOrangerie Paris MonetOrangerie Paris MonetThe detail in the flowers is delightful. Look at how happy this little section of the whole is. Orangerie Paris Monet

Benches in the center of the museum beckon you to sit and look around you at the 360 degrees of Monet. It’s a great place to rest tired feet as well as refresh a frazzled mind. Orangerie Paris Monet

While the main attraction of the Orangerie is the Monet Water Lilies, an exhibition hall in the museum hosts the art of other artists as well. When we visited, I was thrilled to find my favorite Renoir painting, “Girls at the Piano.” Orangerie Paris Renoir

Orangerie Paris RenoirThis one is so bright and beautiful. Orangerie Paris Renoir

And this Paul Cezanne painting drew my attention. Orangerie Paris cezanne

If you’re wondering where to spend a pleasant hour or so in Paris, the Orangerie is a fine choice. Orangerie Paris Monet

Orangerie Paris MonetTo reach the Orangerie, take the metro to the Concorde station. Before or after your visit, wander through the adjacent garden, the Tuileries. The Louvre is at the far end of the Tuilieres. Relax with a coffee or cold drink on one of the green chairs and enjoy the center of Paris. Tuileries

TuileriesTuileriesTuileriesTuileriesTuileriesOn the other side of the Concorde Metro is the Place de la Concorde. This was once the Place de la Revolution and is the site of historical events such as the beheading of Marie Antoinette and many others. Wanting to erase that grisly part of the past, Paris renamed this the place of “peace.” Egypt gifted the giant obelisk to Paris in 1833. It took Parisians about three years to figure out how to unload the obelisk and stand it up in this circle. At least, that’s the story our guide told us. It is obviously very heavy. And the fountains help make this a place of beauty, with the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower in the distance. Place de la Concorde

Place de la ConcordePlace de la ConcordePlace de la ConcordeDid you find the misplaced traffic cone in the last photo?

The Orangerie is open every day except Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the last entrance at 5:15 p.m. Adult entrance is 9 Euro; under 18 free. Check the official website for information on exhibitions, programs, and the cafe.

Want to explore more of Monet’s life and art? Treat yourself with a visit to Monet’s home at Giverny, just outside Paris.  The gardens here were his inspiration.

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin March 11, 2018 at 11:12 pm

Wow!! Those are just amazing pieces of art.

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sallie rainville March 11, 2018 at 11:20 pm

It would be so easy to lose yourself in that beautiful display — I’d forget where I was, maybe even who!! Definitely would forget what time it was. How absolutely lovely.

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Su-sieee! Mac March 12, 2018 at 2:34 am

His Water Lilies is huge. I wonder if he could be considered a muralist. If I ever get to Paris, I definitely want to go this museum.

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Kelleyn Rothaermel March 12, 2018 at 2:55 am

my favorite museum in Paris!

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jesh StG March 12, 2018 at 7:01 am

Renoir was one of my (many) favorites during my art training in Holland. Hope you don’t mind me saying that I never liked Monet, I do Manet (one letter difference). They’re both from the impressionists era, but the two are vastly different. Monet is a romanticists, and that’s why he may be popular, but that’s not enough for me to be called an artist. You have been to many museums in Paris, Sharon! Many thanks for sharing l’Orangerie with All Seasons, and have a beautiful week!

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Sami March 12, 2018 at 7:07 am

One of the most recognized pictures, love it! Interesting to see the close up details.

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tomthebackroadstraveller March 12, 2018 at 12:18 pm

…surrounded by beauty!

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Cathy March 12, 2018 at 1:21 pm

I cannot telly how much I have enjoyed this post. I was only in Paris for a short day and a half. I would have loved to have lingered longer at the Louvre. Sometimes one need to travel again on my own and not with a tour. Thank you!!

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Mandy March 12, 2018 at 5:23 pm

As many times as I’ve been to France/Paris, I still haven’t visited the Orangerie. One day. 🙂

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Angela Grasse March 12, 2018 at 5:44 pm

I really have to return to Paris. I did not make it the Orangerie when I was there.

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image-in-ing: weekly photo linkup March 12, 2018 at 6:47 pm

I confess I’m quite ignorant about art, but the paintings of Monet are so distinctive that I recognize them more often than not. He had quite a talent!
Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2018/03/springtime-at-sarah-p-duke-gardens.html

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Kay L. Davies March 12, 2018 at 7:23 pm

Delightful! I’ve always loved Monet, and your photos around Paris are beautiful, but I didn’t find that traffic cone!
Kay
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Carol March 12, 2018 at 10:01 pm

The circular exhibition of Monet is breath taking!

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Fun60 March 12, 2018 at 10:08 pm

One of my favourite places inaris.

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Lydia C. Lee March 12, 2018 at 11:09 pm

This is one of my fvourite museums – th first time I went, hardly anyone visited it. It was glorious. The second time, I had to stand in line and there were people getting in the way of the art viewing…All those Derains are just gorgeous. And the big Monets too.

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betty - NZ March 13, 2018 at 12:23 am

What an unusual and interesting place!

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Photo Cache March 13, 2018 at 4:01 am

Beautiful!

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California Globetrotter March 13, 2018 at 7:34 am

I’ve never heard of this painting before, let alone the Orangerie! Now I really want to go!! Pinned! #CityTripping

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Lady Fi March 13, 2018 at 9:00 am

Wow – how beautiful!

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Urska March 13, 2018 at 9:03 am

Your photos are gorgeous!
I’ve been to Orsay and to Museum of Impressionism in Auvers-sur-Oise, but somehow I’ve never managed to visit Orangerie. Hopefully next time when I’m in Paris. #CityTripping

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Sandra March 13, 2018 at 9:19 am

Orangerie is a pretty small museum, but it’s 100% worth visiting. I loved it!
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Buckeroomama March 13, 2018 at 1:22 pm

I wish I’d visited this museum when I was last in Paris. Oh well, next time. Oh, and that fountain? I remember having a pic taken with me standing right in front of the fountain… very “tourist-y”!

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Julie Whitmarsh March 13, 2018 at 5:02 pm

That’s stunning – I love Monet, Cezanne & Renoir’s works, so really must put this on my list for when I finally get to Paris (I haven’t been since I was about 12!!) Thanks for sharing & I will certainly get there now #citytripping

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Brooke of Passport Couture March 13, 2018 at 9:03 pm

I have been to Paris twice and I can’t believe I missed the Orangerie! I will definitely put this on my list if I ever make a return visit. I loved seeing your up-close photos of the art. I really put the meaning and purpose of the paintings into perspective. #citytripping.

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Elizabeth (Wander Mum) March 13, 2018 at 11:18 pm

What a delightful museum. I didn’t realise how huge Monet’s Water Liles is! I’d love to get up close and see all the finer detail. Thank you for sharing on #citytripping

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Kat March 14, 2018 at 12:37 pm

After the Lourdes, The Orangerie is my second favourite museum in Paris. I remember walking into the Water Lilies gallery and immediately sensed the quietness in the room – I suppose everyone was enthralled by the beautiful piece of art 🙂 #Citytripping

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Sara March 14, 2018 at 2:02 pm

We’re thinking about going to Paris for our anniversary this year, and the Orangerie will definitely be on my list!! These canvases look absolutely lovely!! Gorgeous pictures and capture of the curvature of them! #citytripping

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Usha Sitaaraam March 14, 2018 at 7:04 pm

Such a wonderful post full of colour. I love Paris and the museums . I love the burst of colours in this post and it’s a pleasure and an experience looking at works Monet and Renoir so up and close. Happy travelling #citytripping

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Hilary March 15, 2018 at 5:06 am

We loved our visit to see the Water Lilies, and lucky us due to a holiday and a late opening we were the first people to arrive at the museum, and practically had the place to ourselves for the first 30 min! Paris is such a lovely place even with misplaced traffic cones! #citytripping

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Wilbur March 16, 2018 at 12:15 am

Looks lovely and something great to do for our next Paris visit. Thanks for the tip. #farawayfiles

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Ruth March 16, 2018 at 4:03 pm

I find it interesting that many of us are familiar with certain pieces of art but we are not familiar with the real size of that piece of art? This painting is huge. I would not have guessed it. On the other hand, I got surprised when I saw how small the Mona Lisa is. Not sure why but I was expecting something bigger. It took me a while to find the misplaced cone but I found it? #feetdotravel

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Anda March 16, 2018 at 8:01 pm

Oh, it’s been so long since I’ve been in this museum. I think the last time I visited l’Orangerie was in 2001. We loved wandering through the Tuileries also. #TheWeeklyPostcard

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Jenn | By Land and Sea March 17, 2018 at 12:21 am

Monet’s work is great. There is such a softness to his pieces. Would love to see this one day!

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Emese March 17, 2018 at 3:44 am

I’d love to go see these paintings. I love the Impressionists, I would enjoy a visit to this museum. I didn’t expect the Waterlilies to be this huge. Thanks for sharing, your photos are great!

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Anisa March 17, 2018 at 8:32 am

I love the Impressionists so this museum has been on my list to visit, but I have not made it yet. I love Monet’s water lilies and I think the oval concept is interesting. Have you seen the large ones in the MOMA in NYC? Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.

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Birgit | Groove Is In The Heart March 17, 2018 at 8:41 am

Ah! The Orangerie is such a wonderful museum to visit… and, yes, the perfect place to rest your feet while gazing at the Water Lilies. My ultimate dream, however, is to visit Giverny to see the gardens that inspired Monet! One day… #TheWeeklyPostcard

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Cynthia Mackintosh March 17, 2018 at 12:30 pm

We were in Paris and never knew about this museum! We’ve seen many famous paintings in our time and would have loved to see Monet’s artwork!

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Emma Raphael March 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm

The Orangerie looks so beautiful. Water Lillies is definitely one of my favourite Monet pieces! 🙂 #citytripping

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Obligatory Traveler March 17, 2018 at 10:15 pm

This looks absolutely lovely. I am fan of Monet so this looks like a must visit when I finally get to Paris. Your pictures are great. #WeekendWanderlust

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Angie (FeetDoTravel) March 18, 2018 at 6:35 am

I used to be a huge Monet fan and when I visited Paris (many years ago), I went to the Musee d’Orsay which housed a huge collection. I thought it was that Museum which was the Monet Museum as there were so many of his works there, the Water Lillies were but not the huge circular painting you have shown here, that is beautiful. I will be pinning this for the future! I want to see more Monet! #feetdotravel

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Corey at fifi + hop March 19, 2018 at 2:50 am

I love this museum. One of my favorites in Paris. Always puts a smile on my face. Thanks for linking up with #farawayfiles

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Rob+Ann @TravelLatte(.net) March 19, 2018 at 2:54 am

We love this post but, at the same time, it’s killing us! l’Orangerie was high on our list the last time in Paris – we’d never been to the museum before. But with only a few days to spend with friends exploring the city, we ran out of time far before we ran out of To Do’s. On the up side, that immediately puts another trip to Paris on that same To Do list! 🙂 Love your pictures, and can’t wait to be sitting there admiring Water Lilies ourselves! #TheWeeklyPostcard

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Jill March 19, 2018 at 3:13 pm

I’ve never been but it certainly looks incredible. Wow!

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Erin Gustafson | Oregon Girl Around the World March 19, 2018 at 3:30 pm

It is truly one of my favorites spaces in all of Paris that last room of Monets at the L’Orangerie. It is a hidden gem and I’ve never had to wait in line or feel like there were throngs and masses in there. J’adore cette musée! I haven’t been in summer when the gardens are in bloom since the mid-90’s, but always love this side of the Tuileries. Thank you for sharing, as always your beautiful pics! #FarawayFiles

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Michael - The Boys Abroad March 19, 2018 at 10:10 pm

What an amazing museum! Embarrassingly I totally wrote off all the museums in Paris when we visited thinking that they would be crowded – looks as though we were wrong. At least we now have another reason to go back!? Paris is always a good idea!

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budget jan March 20, 2018 at 1:12 am

The Orangerie would be a lovely place to rest and take in the Monet Panorama. I can imagine myself doing so on a hot and stressful day. I did find the misplaced traffic cone. 🙂

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Shona March 21, 2018 at 10:53 am

Beautiful! I do love this central area of Paris and strangely I began reading a book last night where the protagonist visits l’Orangerie. This may be a sign for me to return to Paris. 😉

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Kalpanaa March 21, 2018 at 1:20 pm

It was such a pleasure to visit your blog and the orangerie through it.

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Stephanie (1AdventureTraveler) March 21, 2018 at 7:24 pm

Fabulous museum in Paris. My favorite also to do was wander the adjacent garden, the Tuileries. The Orangerie Museum is a great place to see the paintings of Monet.

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Bryna | Dotted Line Travels March 22, 2018 at 4:27 am

I skipped out on the Orangerie Museum when I was in Paris, but then lamented my decision after visiting Monet’s house in Giverny. I so want to see Water Lilies in person!

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