The Musée de l'Orangerie has programmes and activities on offer designed to be as much an initiation to art history as a form of cultural entertainment. All year long you can discover the permanent collection or the latest exhibition (visit in French language) by taking a guided tour led by museum guides who are part of the Réunion des musées nationaux - Grand Palais.
English guided tours
Masterpieces of the Musée de l'Orangerie
The tour presents an overview of developments in painting from the late 19th century to the 1930s. From Claude Monet’s Nymphéas, evoking Impressionism, to works by some of the most important artists of this period - Douanier Rousseau, Modigliani, Picasso, Matisse and Soutine - the museum’s masterpieces help us understand the pictorial innovations of modern art.
The Nymphéas [Water Lilies], Claude Monet (from September 2019)
The Nymphéas [Water Lilies] cycle occupied Claude Monet for three decades, from the late 1890s until his death in 1926. This series was inspired by the water garden that he created at his Giverny estate in Normandy. It resulted in the final great panels donated by Monet to the French State in 1922, and which have been on display at the Musée de l’Orangerie since 1927. This unique set, a true "Sixtine of Impressionism", in the words of André Masson in 1952, testifies to Monet’s later work.
Since 2018, a series of contemporary counterpoints to the Water Lilies are presented. Thus works are chosen that have been inspired across a broad spectrum by this immersive, landscaped, floral and coloured, plant-covered and organic, contemplative and spiritual, light and melancholy and even unsettling installation. The visit includes these counterpoints : Alex Katz (september 2019), Patrick Tosani (15 october 2019 - 3 february 2020).
When you purchase a Workshop Tour Activity / Guided Tour, you receive 20% off your bill in the Café de l'Orangerie on presentation of the discount coupon issued at the ticket desk.