Musee Marmottan Monet stocks some of the world's most famous artists from various periods. Visitors can find art from the ... More
Musee Marmottan Monet
Musee Marmottan Monet stocks some of the world's most famous artists from various periods. Visitors can find art from the Early Renaissance period, the First French Empire, the world's largest Monet collection as well as over 300 paintings from the Impressionist and post-Impressionist periods. The museum was converted from a hunting lodge to a museum when it was bought by the Marmottan family who put their own personal collection on display. Don't forget about the gift shop for some great souvenirs!
I was in the Marmottan Monet in October 2009 - on a repeat visit because I have so loved the place... BUT the Illuminated manuscripts were not on exhibit; the Morisot paintings were not labelled - many people did not know at whose work they were looking; the Monet special room in the lowest floor had been "pillaged" and the Monet's that had been so well-dsplayed there were absent. All this for only 9 euros!!
The Marmottan Monet Museum is worth the entrance fee many times over simply for the broad size of the collection. Housed in an old Parisian home, the collection is neatly displayed throughout the bottom 2 floors of the home, with other artist's work exhibited on the top floor.
Don't miss the treat hidden on the far end of the main floor, where you'll find one of Monet's actual paint pallets covered with paint hung on the wall. Seeing that is incredible!
However, if you just want to see the big water lillies paintings, don't miss the L'Orangerie Museum at the edge of the Tuileries gardens on Place de la Concorde.
Note: If you're not used to the French manner, you might be put off by them no matter where you go. Just realize that they are quieter people, they like traditions, French is their first language--so to be polite, at least attempt to speak to them in French, a simple "Bonjour Madame/Monsieur" will do. *Politeness is huge for them, so don't forget the "madame/Monsieur"--it's a sign of respect.
This museum was my favorite experience in Paris. Granted, I am a long-time Monet fan and I was looking forward to this museum. However, it was better than I expected. I actually had my first religious experience - I was so overcome with the beauty of the Monet exhibition in the Water Lily room that I was brought to tears and had to sit down and take a moment to myself. It was beautiful and definitely worthwhile. A must see - especially for Impressionist or Monet fans.
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