Musée de l’Orangerie
As Monet’s choice location for displaying his Nympheas, better known as the Water Lilies, the Musée de l’Orangerie offers a startling concentration of masterpieces in a beautiful setting – the Jardin des Tuileries close to the Jeu de Paume museum. Displayed exactly as Monet intended, eight of his Water Lilies occupy two circular rooms flooded with natural light, and can be a peaceful and meditative escape.
Monet is not left to bask alone at the l’Orangerie, however. Elsewhere, you’ll find masterpieces from the Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume collection featuring Renoir, Picasso, Cezanne, Rousseau, Matisse and many more. Quirky, engaging and very tranquil, the Musée de l’Orangerie is described as unique in its genre, and we doubt you’ll find a Monet fan that disagrees.
While there is not a café located in the museum, the Tuileries Garden offers several lovely cafés with outdoor seating.
The quaint bookshop offers a wide selection of exhibition catalogues, children’s books, jewellery, accessories, DVDs, and gifts inspired by the Impressionist movement as well as the museum’s collections and exhibitions.