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Musée Marmottan Claude Monet

altThe Musée Marmottan was originally a hunting lodge of the French nobility.  It eventually was purchased by Jules Marmottan.  In addition to being the former mayor of Paris, he was also a passionate art collector.  His son Paul carried on the tradition after his father’s death.  When Paul died in 1934, he left the home and the art collection to the Académie des Beaux-Arts.  It was subsequently opened as the Musée Marmottan.

Though initially focused on the art of the First Empire, a substantial donation of Impressionist paintings by Madame Victorine Donop de Monchy, and later from Michel Monet, the son of Claude, put the focus on squarely on Impressionism (and Post-Impressionism).  This latter donation gave the Marmottan Museum the largest collection of Monet’s paintings anywhere in the world.  The entire top floor is dedicated to his works.

This is a must-see if you’re interested in Impressionism, or art in general, but if not you can probably pass.  The collection here is not as seminal as those at the Louvre or the Musée d’Orsay.

Address: 2 Rue Louis Boilly, 75016 Paris France
+33 01 44 96 50 33
Metro: La Muette (9)
Open daily 10:00-18:00; closed Mondays and holidays.
    €10.00 Adults
    €5.00 Students and Children
    Free Children under 7



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