Exceptional nocturne: celebrate the Water Lilies at the Musée de l'Orangerie

Published by Cécile de Sortiraparis · Photos by Julie de Sortiraparis · Published on April 27th, 2022 at 11:31 a.m.
The Musée de l'Orangerie is extending its opening hours: exceptionally, on April 29, 2022, the museum will open its doors in the evening for a special nocturne to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the donation of Monet's Water Lilies.

In 1922, Claude Monet presented the French government with monumental paintings inspired by his garden. A project with an unusual format, which found a home in the Musée de l'Orangerie. The Water Lilies are now famous the world over, and visitors flock to admire these hypnotically beautiful paintings.

OnFriday April 29, 2022, 100 years after Monet's gift, the Musée de l'Orangerie is organizing a small party. A party to celebrate the centenary of this exceptional gift, starting at 6pm.

For this nocturne in honor of the Water Lilies, the museum has pulled out all the stops: dance, music, virtual reality experience, exhibition... Discover the program in detail.

Reservations are required for this evening event, so get your tickets now! Please note that some activities are subject to capacity restrictions. We therefore advise you to arrive early to be able to take part in all these activities.

The evening program :

  • Dance concert: a choreographic tour of the Water Lilies by Dominique Brun
    6.30pm and 8pm
    Choreographer and dancer Dominique Brun takes us on a journey through time and space, through the rooms of the Water Lilies. Between tradition and interpretation, written traces and choreographic inventions, five dancers will perform several dance moments accompanied by two piano musicians. Les Nymphéas will also be immersed in music, notably that of Claude Debussy and György Ligeti.
    Free admission subject to capacity.
    Water lilies room

  • Claude Monet, l'obsession des Nymphéas: virtual reality experience
    The Water Lilies cycle, nearly 250 paintings that the Impressionist painter created on the motif in his garden at Giverny, is proof that he was indeed not only a genius of painting, but also an admirable observer of nature and the garden he had fashioned in his Giverny home. It was here that, for almost 30 years, right up to his death, he returned again and again to the rhythm of the seasons, to bring this theme to life on canvas, culminating in these gigantic decorative panels, now marouflaged on the walls of the Musée de l'Orangerie, and promised to France, through the intermediary of his youthful friend Georges Clemenceau, the very day after the armistice of the First World War, as a symbol of peace.
    Through an interactive virtual reality experience, Claude Monet, l'obsession des Nymphéas (Claude Monet, the obsession of the Water Lilies) takes you to the places of creation and plunges you into the heart of the painting of this unique work, a veritable "Sistine Chapel of Impressionism", as André Masson put it in 1952.
    Activity reserved for adults and children aged 12 and over, under the responsibility of their parents.
    Duration: approx. 7 minutes, booking on site
    Auditorium, level -2

  • Monet and decor: discussions with museum lecturers
    Speakers await you in the temporary exhibition Le décor impressionniste to discuss the link between Impressionist artists and décor, following the figure of Monet through the rooms.
    Continuous, free admission, 6.30-8.30pm
    Temporary exhibition, level -2

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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 nocturne full of surprises is sure to delight all Claude Monet admirers! Shall we go?

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
On April 29th, 2022
From 06:00 p.m. to 09:00 p.m.



    Jardin Tuileries
    75001 Paris 1

    Accessibility info

    Metro 1, 8 and 12, Concorde station

    Official website


    More information
    Access with museum admission ticket (reservation essential) Virtual reality experience: on-site registration subject to availability Last museum admissions: 8:15 pm

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