Lovers of Monet should make sure to include a visit to the Musée Marmottan in the 16th arrondissement. Much less famous than the Musée d’Orsay or the Orangerie (which houses his Nympheas), this discreet museum is in fact home to the largest collection of Monet’s paintings in the world. Monet’s son Michel donated his entire collection to the Museum in 1966, and even though only around 10% of it is on show at any one time, it’s spectacular. In 1940 the museum had already received a donation of Impressioniist works, including ‘Impression Soleil Levant’, Monet’s painting which gave the movement it’s name.
The collection is housed in a magnificent ‘hotel particulier’ or Parisian mansion, which is partly furnished and also home to the world’s leading collection of paintings by Berthe Morisot, the first female Impressionist painter, and a wonderful collection of illuminations. The museum also shows temporary exhibitions, and you can buy a ticket that also includes entrance to Giverny – Monet’s incredible garden in Normandy, to see the real life inspiration for the beautiful works housed here.
(Photos are not allowed inside the museum).
- Musée Marmottan, 2 rue Louis Boilly, 75016 Paris. metro: La Muette
Open daily 10:00 – 18:00 except Mondays, open until 21:00 Thursdays