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“This is for lovers of art and lovers of Monet.”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Musee Marmottan

Musee Marmottan
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Paris Day Trip to Impressionists Island with Cooking Class and Musée Marmottan...
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Owner description: Located in a 19th-century mansion, this museum's fabulous collection of Impressionist paintings ranks second only behind the Musée d'Orsay.
Perth, Australia
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“This is for lovers of art and lovers of Monet.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2012

For those who think that all the art in Paris is in the Louvre - think again! Whilst the Louvre is impressive and HUGE, it's also very crowded and everyone wants to see THAT painting. For those who love their art and like time to absorb it without being elbowed out of the way, then Musee Marmottan is a "must go to" place. It's where all the great works of Monet are exhibited in a wonderful house overlooking the park. But it's not only Monet, there are other great impressionist works to see as well as a stunning selection of Iconography and illuminated art work from the Middle Ages. It's one of those intimate venues that make you want to go back and just sit with a painting and glory in the genius of the artist. I plan to go back very soon!

Visited March 2012
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Paris, France
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“Monet, Monet, Monet”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2012

You must come here if you are a Monet fan! Not a large museum, easy to take, interesting selection.

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Sydney, Australia
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“A delight”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2012

If you are a Monet lover, this is the place to go. A small museum, with small rooms and small crowds, and with beautiful furniture and decoration that enhances the overall experience. It is not difficult to get to (only a 10 minute walk from La Muette metro station), but it is a little out of the mainstream tourist zone. This is a big plus, as we were there late on a Saturday morning, and no queues and no crowds. As well as Monet, other Impressionists are also represented, as well as earlier french artists. Well worth the visit.

Visited March 2012
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“Monet's in a mansion”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2012

A private museum housing a large number of Monet's, including many studies for the 'Waterlilies' collection. Also some wonderful Renoir portraits - well worth an hour or two of your time in Paris.

Visited February 2012
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“Worth the effort if you like impressionism and Monet”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2012

My guess is the main draw here is the large collection of Monets that were bequeathed to this museum by Monet's son in the 1960s.

The museum is located in the 16th arrondisement, about a 10 minute walk from the La Muette metro/Boulainvilliers RER stop. Once you emerge from the metro stop, there is a street sign that points the way. The walk is through a pleasant park in an upscale neighborhood. If you are staying in the Latin Quarter or St Germain area, you can get here very quickly on the RER "C" line (but paying for only a simple metro ride). NOTE that you want the trains that go west but not the ones that branch toward the Versailles Palace.

The focus here is on impressionism. In addition to Monet, you can see the work of Berthe Morisot and others. Familiar Monets include the 1873 painting that gave the Impressionist movement its name (Impression, Soleil Levant), his painting of Parliament in Londen, and one of the many Rouen Cathedral paintings. However, the bulk of the Monets are water lilies and other work from Giverny.

Currently (as of late February, 2012) the Monet work was not shown in the downstairs, oval gallery as the museum is preparing a Morisot exhibit that will begin in March. I understand the layout of the Monets when downstairs is well thought out and quite powerful. While I did not like the current layout so much, you certainly get to see a great deal.

For the art lover who is taken by the Monets at the d'Orsay and the water lilies at L'Orangerie, this is an obvious next step.

Visited February 2012
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