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Musée de l'Orangerie (Orangerie Museum) Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

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Duration: 1.5 to 2hs Semi-Private Tour
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Once the winter home for orange trees belonging to the royals, today the Orangerie is dedicated to some of the most famous names in French art. On this 1.5 to 2 hour semi-private guided museum tour, your enthusiastic guide will lead you and up to 8 guests through its halls, revealing why this often forgotten collection is one of Paris’s most impressive.


You’ll stroll through the beautiful Tuileries Garden to reach the Orangerie. Established as a museum in the early 20th century, it became home to art that no longer fit in Paris’s other museums. The stand-out features, among all of the work on display, are the eight waterlilies painted by Claude Monet which have a permanent home in the Orangerie. The expansive collection of 19th century and early 20th century paintings features works by other renowned Impressionists and their disciples. You’ll come to face to face with Cezanne’s studies of fruits and flowers, you’ll learn about the exotic style of Matisse’s seductive portraits, and you’ll trace Picasso’s phases through his interpretations of nude models. Additionally, you’ll learn the secrets behind works by artists including Modigliani, Renoir, and Utrillo. By the end, you’ll wonder why any visitor in Paris would pass by this world-class collection of French art.

Highlights Generally Include (if artwork is not on loan or being restored etc.):

Monet’s Water Lilies

History of the Orangerie/ Collections Walter Guillaume

Renoir (Portraits, Piano Class, Claude Renoir, etc…)

Monet at Argenteuil

Cézanne, Still Life and Landscapes

Picasso, Figuration Around 1900, Cubism and Surrealism

Matisse’s Odalisques, the Fauves

Laurencin, a Lady Painter

Derain, Artists After the War

Utrillo and Montmartre

Le Douanier Rousseau

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Semi-Private Tour

“Semi-Private” means group size is never more than 8 guests maximum.

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