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Musée de l'Orangerie, Tuileries gardens, Paris


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Located  right in the heart of Paris in the Tuileries Gardens and renovated in 2006, the Musée de l'Orangerie offers the visitor a poetic and artistic presentation of two prestigious collections:

Water Lilies (Les Nymphéas)
Both monumental and intimate, Water Lilies (Les Nymphéas) are the ultimate expression of Claude Monet's artistic ideas, an incredible project by a painter who wanted to explore all the variations of light in his garden at Giverny. The paintings are housed in two elliptical rooms, and encourage the visitor to gaze in endless contemplation. After the horror of the First World War, Monet wanted his work to take on this aesthetic and poetic dimension, and provide a haven for peaceful meditation.

The Walter-Guillaume Collection
The Walter-Guillaume Collection, the intellectual project of art dealer Paul Guillaume and his wife Domenica, is a unique collection illustrating the creative work of the first decades of the 20th century. A friend of Guillaume Apollinaire and Max Jacob, he provided support to Picasso, Soutine, Derain and Marie Laurencin as well as taking an interest in their predecessors, particularly Renoir and Cézanne. Guillaume's premature death in 1934 prevented his dream of transforming his private collection into a museum of modern art  from being realised. His wife completed and modified the collection, reorganising it around works representing modern Classicism and Impressionism, before transmitting it to the French State in 1960.

Next Exhibition
Emile Bernard (1868–1941)
17 September 2014 - 5 January 2015

Emile Bernard
A painter, engraver, and also an art critic, writer and poet, Emile Bernard is a key personality in the development of modern. In the late 1880s, he launched the Cloisonnist style that was to become so important for Gauguin and Van Gogh, as well as for the Nabis.
Following the controversy over the invention of symbolism in painting, which violently opposed him to Gauguin in 1891, Bernard moved to Cairo, where he reconsidered the Symbolists' schematic stylization and search for primitivism. His discovery of the old masters however led him gradually to renew his ties with tradition.
Back in France, he published some crucial witness testimony on Cezanne and writings on esthetics, taking issue with the avant-gardes in the name of the pictorial tradition. But, far from defining itself in terms of outmoded traditionalism, his art invariably bears the stamp of an inquisitive, tormented mind in search of the absolute in art.

Marie-Paule Vial, chief curator, special assistant to the management of cultural action in Marseille
Fred Leeman, art historian
Rodophe Rapetti, general curator, associate researcher at the National Institute of Art History

Exhibition organised by the Museums of Orsay and Orangerie, Paris, and the Kunsthalle of Brême.

Also presented in Breme, Kunsthalle, from 7 February to 31 May 2015.

With the generous support of  logo Bessé

With the paint contribution of  logo Tollens

Practical information

Musée de l’Orangerie
Jardin des Tuileries (on the side of the river Seine)
75001 Paris
Call: + 33 (0)1 44 77 80 07 / + 33 (01) 44 50 43 00

Opening times
Everyday, except on Tuesdays, 1 May, The morning of 14 July and 25 December,
from 9 am to 6 pm (last admission at 5.15 pm, museum cleared from 5.45 pm).

Metro: lines 1, 8, 12, Concorde station
Bus: routes 24, 42, 52, 72, 73, 84, 94, Concorde stop
Car parks: - Jardin des Tuileries and Carrousel (access via quai des Tuileries or rue de Rivoli)
                - Rue du Mont-Thabor
                - Rue des Pyramides

Download the plan and guide:
Plan and guide

Admission fee

Full rate: € 9
Reduced rate: € 6,5
Free admission for everyone on the first Sunday of each month

Musée d'Orsay / Musée de l'Orangerie Passport: € 16
This combined ticket is valid for one admission to each museum within a span of four days.

Monet's Foundation in Giverny / Musée de l'Orangerie Passport: € 17
This ticket is on sale until 10 October ; Monet's house is opened until 1 November.

Visits in English
English guided tour for individual visitors (1h30)
Visit  of the Nymphéas and the The Walter-Guillaume Collection.
Every Monday and Thursday at 2:30 pm and every Saturday at 11:00 am excluding statutory holidays.
Single rate: € 6 (+ admission fee)
A promenade from garden to gallery for individual visitors / families / from the age of 6 (1h30)
In their pictures, Artists represent their own perception and sensations of nature.
This new guided tour in English starts in the Tuileries-Gardens. You are invited to explore the natural surrounding through the five senses, before discovering Monet's Decor of the Waterlilies and the Walter-Guillaume Collection.
Monday  8, 22 July; 5, 19 August at 11:00 am
Single rate: € 4,50 (+ admission fee)

Groups: no admission without compulsory prior booking
Visit of the Nymphéas and the The Walter-Guillaume Collection.
Applications for reservations should be adressed to the Musée de l'Orangerie.
Please fill in this registration form and send it by e-mail: or by fax: + 33 (0)1 44 77 81 12.
Groups wishing to attend to a lecture in the museum's exhibition rooms should wear audiophones, except children and special dispensations.

Full rate: € 120
Reduced rate: € 75
School rate: € 52
(+ individual entry fee)

Workshops in english

In Monet's footsteps: from garden to canvas: workshops for individual visitors / families / from the age of 8 (2h)
You can see, hear, feel and paint nature.
This new activity in English starts outdoors in the Tuileries-Gardens. It continues inside the two oval shaped rooms with the discovery and observation of Monet's Waterlilies and ends in the museum's workshop. Brush in hand, you are invited to express your feelings and perception of nature in a picture.
Monday  15, 29 July; 12, 26 August at 11am
Single rate: € 7 (+ admission fee)


A selection of works is commented in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese;  an audio-description version is available for the visually impaired, as well as a sign language one for deaf visitors.
Children versions are available in English, French and Spanish.
Full rate: € 5
Reduced rate: € 3
The museum is accessible to visitors in wheelchairs; wheelchairs may be borrowed, as well as walsking sticks, pushchairs and baby carriers.
Disabled persons may visit during public opening hours or may request a special visit to be organised for them.
9 am - 5.45 pm
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