Exceptional Night: Come and celebrate the Water Lilies at the Musée de l’Orangerie

Published by Cécile D. · Photos by Julie M. · Published on 26 April 2022 at 11h31
On April 29, 2022, the Musée de l’Orangerie goes into extra time: exceptionally, the museum opens late in the evening for an exceptional night, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the gift of Money’s Water Lilies.

It was in 1922: Claude Monet gifts the French States huge paintings inspired by his garden. An unusual sized project sheltered in the setting provided by the musée de l'Orangerie. Today, these Water Lilies are famous across the world, and visitors flock to be able to admire these hypnotizingly beautiful paintings.

On Friday April 29, 2022, 100 years after Monet’s gift, the Musée de l’Orangerie throws a little party. A party celebrating the centenary of this exceptional gift, to enjoy from 6 p.m.

For this exceptional night shining a light on the Water Lilies, the museum thought about everything: dance, music, virtual reality experience, exhibition… Discover the detailed program below.

Booking is compulsory for the event, purchase your tickets now! Careful, some activities are subject to gauges. We highly recommend to arrive early to be able to take part in all the entertainments.

Program of the night:

  • Dance concert: choreographic tour in the heart of the Water Lilies by Dominique Brun
    6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
    Choreographer and dancer Dominique Brun offers us a tour through time and space, visiting the Water Lilies room. Between tradition and interpretation, between writings and choreographic inventions, several danced moments will be performed by five dancers accompanied by two pianists. The Water Lilies will be surrounded by music written by Claude Debussy and György Ligeti.
    Free access within the limits of the allowed gauge.
    Salle des Nymphéas

  • Claude Monet, the Water Lilies obsession: virtual reality experience
    The Water Lilies cycle, about 250 paintings the impressionist artist painted inspired by his garden in Giverny, as a proof he was not only a painting genius, but a wonderful observatory of wilderness and the garden he created in Giverny. This is where for 30 years, until the day he died, to the rhythm of seasons, he was inspired over and over again by this theme he painted even on huge decorative panels, now hanging on the walls of the Musée de l’Orangerie, and promised to France through his childhood friend Georges Clemenceau, the very day after the armistice of WWI, as a symbol of peace.
    Through this interactive VR experience, Claude Monet, the Water Lilies Obsession takes you to the very place of creation and immerges you in the heart of the painting of this never-before-seen painting, genuine “Sistine of impressionism”, according to André Masson in 1952.
    Activity reserved for adults and children over the age of 12, under the responsibility of their parents.
    Duration: circa 7 minutes, booking on site.
    Auditorium, level -2

  • Monet and décor: debates with the museum’s lecturers
    Lecturers will expect you in the temporary “Impressionist Decorations” exhibition to speak about the relationships between impressionist artists and decoration, following Monet’s figure over the course of rooms.
    Non-stop, free access, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Temporary exhibition, level -2

Exposition Aux sources des nymphéas au musée de l'Orangerie - nos photosExposition Aux sources des nymphéas au musée de l'Orangerie - nos photosExposition Aux sources des nymphéas au musée de l'Orangerie - nos photosExposition Aux sources des nymphéas au musée de l'Orangerie - nos photos Le décor impressionniste: Aux Sources des Nymphéas, the exhibition at the Musée de l’Orangerie - our pictures
Their goal was to add beautiful in the daily life: impressionist artists have used their talents in a surprising way to make it. With the “Le décor impressionniste: aux sources des Nymphéas” (The impressionist decor: at the roots of the Water Lilies) exhibition, discover how painting can light up a house. Running from March 2, to July 11, 2022, at the Musée de l’Orangerie. [Read more]

This special evening is full of surprises and likely to delight all Claude Monet fans. Shall we go, then, friends?

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
On 29 April 2022
From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.



    Jardin Tuileries
    75001 Paris 1


    Métro 1, 8 et 12, station Concorde

    Official website


    More informations
    Accès avec le billet d'entrée au musée (réservation obligatoire)
    Expérience réalité virtuelle : inscription sur place dans la limite des places disponibles
    Dernières entrées au musée : 20h15

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