Giverny and Orangery Museum Tour
The Orangery Museum is located in the Tuileries Gardens of Paris. Constructed in 1853, the building was once home to a veritable orangery, a place where oranges were stored and conserved. After serving several other purposes during the Third Republic, the Orangery was bestowed to the Fine Arts Administration in 1921. Helped by his friend and fellow painter Georges Clemenceau, Claude Monet chose the orangery to exhibit his White Water Lily series which was donated to the State in order to make his works known to the public.
The Orangery Museum was inaugurated in 1927 after Monet’s death. In both 1959 and 1963, the museum acquired the Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume collections. Although his White Water Lily series ended up occupying only half of the allotted space, the other half served as an exhibition gallery.
In order to create more exhibition space, the museum was enlarged was created a second level for the exhibition gallery. A variety of impressionist and postimpressionist paintings are on display in the museum, a must-see after Giverny and Claude Monet’s house and gardens.
Village of Giverny
The tour will continue in the village of Giverny where you will discover Claude Monet’s house, in which he lived with his family for 43 years. You will immerse yourself in the artist’s daily life by crossing the blue sitting room, the dining room and his studio, that were completely refurbished.
Ten years after his arrival at Giverny, Monet bought the piece of land neighboring his property. Soon Monet had the first small pond dug. Later on the pond would be enlarged to its present day size. The water garden is full of asymmetries and curves. It is inspired by the Japanese gardens that Monet knew from the prints he collected. In this water garden you will find the famous Japanese bridge covered with wisterias, other smaller bridges, weeping willows, a bamboo wood and above all the famous nympheas which bloom all summer long. The pond and the surrounding vegetation form an enclosure separated from the surrounding countryside.
You will continue your day by visiting the Impressionisms Museum where you will discover the birth of that art movement, its origins illustrated by exceptional works of art. You will walk around this little museum that perfectly fits in the Norman nature and the garden, which was classified as a “Remarkable Gardens of France”.
Please note: The Orangery Museum is open from 9am to 6pm every day except Tuesdays, May 1st, the morning of July 14th and December 25th. No entry allowed after 5:15pm. The transportation will be waiting for you at the meeting point for your return to Paris.
The price includes:
- Entrance ticket to the Claude Monet Foundation;
- Round trip transportation on an air-conditioned coach;
- Giverny map with visit itineraries advice.