a paris must see: musee de l'orangerie

We're not sure why this museum does not come up higher on the Top Ten lists - because it should. After a day trip to Monet’s gardens in Giverny we were on the hunt for all things Monet in Paris. Our first stop was Musee de l’Orangerie. This museum located in the Jardin des Tuilleries, houses Monet’s crowning work, the water lily series or Nympheas. Painted in his garden at Giverny, seeing these large format paintings up close immediately takes you back to his beautiful gardens.

Close up of the water lilies paintings

The l’Orangerie was specifically designed to house the 8 huge paintings. Monet meant for the L’Orangerie to be a peaceful, meditative environment, one that would be a gift to man and help ease his “overworking nerves.” During the construction, Monet became obsessed with ensuring that natural lighting and the perfect oval room setting would display his works in their finest light. The museum fell into disrepair but has been fully renovated to its original splendor and was reopened in 2006.

Take a look at these magnificent paintings on this video.


The museum also houses the outstanding collection of Walter-Guillaume. This incredible collection includes artists from the late Impressionist era to the interwar period. There are 14 works by Cezanne, 27 works by Renoir, as well as works by Picasso, Henri Rousseau, Matisse, and a portrait of Guillaume by Modigliani. It is an extraordinary compilation of significant works by important artists in such an intimate atmosphere that you will feel as though you've stumbled onto something very special. And, indeed, you may not have stumbled on it, but it is quite special.

We would put the Musee l’Orangerie on the "Do Not Miss" list for any art lover visiting Paris.

For more information check out: http://www.musee-orangerie.fr/



If you’re looking for other museums to visit while in Paris here’s some suggestions
Musee d’Orsay       www.musee-orsay.fr
Musee Rodin          www.musee-rodin.fr
Musee du Lourve    www.lourve.fr