When the WWI broke out, Monet focused on his project of 'Large Decorations'. This work was intended to be the consecration of his career, but it was also a way for him to distract from the war and the recent mourning of his family members.
Today, Orangerie museum is dedicated to this testimentary scheme on the ground floor. The rest of the building shows the incredible collection of art that Paul Guillaume, a French art dealer of the 19th-20th century, has gathered during his life.
Standard duration: 1 hr to 2 hrs
Price: 220€ (up to 6 people) Quote on request for larger groups.
Flat price. Tickets not included. Please contact me for an estimate.
We will see together: Monet's Large Decorations (Nympheas), Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Modigliani...
© Caroline Weber
From what age is the tour recommended?
Orangerie museum can be appreciated by anyone loving art. Some children can focus on a very artistic topic at 8 years old. Otherwise I prefer to recommend this tour for teenagers and adults.
How long is the tour?
A 2 hours tour is enough to see the whole museum. But if you only want to appreciate Monet's large paintings of waterlilies, only one hour is necessary.
Is there a day we cannot visit Orangerie museum with a guide?
Orangerie museum is closed on Tuesdays and on some public holidays (May 1, December 25). Also, guides are not allowed in the museum when the entrance is free: every first Sunday of each month and Bastille day (July 14).
When is the best time to avoid the crowd?
Orangerie museum is generally quiet except on week ends. The best days are Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Is this visit wheelchair accesible ?
Yes, Orangerie museum has easy accesses for wheelchairs.
Good to know
There is not much air con in France, including in museums. Don't overdress in summer and get a fan if you can.
As the museum isn't very large downstairs, it is more comfortable to limit the number of participants in case of large groups (15 instead of 25).