Musée Marmottan, Paris
We first visited the Musée Marmottan many years ago and I was surprised to discover so many of Monet's paintings there. We were delighted to find the illuminated manuscript collection and since we had only been to Paris a couple of times before, we loved taking the Metro "way out" to the 16th arrondissement and walking through the lovely neighborhood, past the Ranelagh Park to the lovely old mansion that was the museum.
Cut forward to 2012. The museum has been renamed the Musée Marmottan-Monet, but you still take the metro "way out" to the Muette metro stop and walk through the busy park to the museum. There is now security in place and a well-supervised entry . . . but the collection remains and the illuminated manuscripts are still there. We spent a delightful afternoon with Monet and ancient manuscripts. There was also a temporary exhibit of Henri Rouart (no photos for that) in the museum. That will only last until November 11, 2012 when another exhibit will move in. You can check the exhibit schedule at their web site below.
Enjoy a marvelous collection of Monet's paintings . . .
2 rue Louis Boilly, 75016 Paris
Muette metro station
What a great museum/gallery! I haven't been there yet but it's definitely on my list to go. This museum's main focus is Monet and the Impressionist/post Impressionists. It has the second largest collection next to the Musee d'Orsay. There's also a collection of First Empire furniture and objets and a collection of medieval illuminations. Entry is 6.50 euro for adults and it's closed Mondays. Not too far from the Muette Metro station but probably a doable walk from the Eiffel Tower towards the Bois de Boulogne.
When you have seen the "Name Sights" of Paris, it may be time to indulge your yearning for fine Impressionism without standing in line or pushing to drink in the details. And if you think Monet is the best of the lot, here are about 100 of his best (the most anywhere?) plus the painting he received in trade for from almost all the others (that is, his personal collection...the ones that never made it to Giverny). They are here, a gift to the Academy of Beaux Arts by his second son, Michel (in 1966). Oh, yes it includes many late (Water-lily) ones. There is much more since the Marmottans started this ball rolling before that (1933) giving their collection and mansion to house it all. Other collectors followed and in 1981 Daniel Waldenstein gave his hobby-collection of 313 miniatures: illuminations, mostly pieces of parchment cut long ago from medieval and later manuscripts. When we visited the museum, photography was not permitted except for these little pieces of Art. This is understandable because the "initial" Monet was stolen "Impressions Sunrise". Even walking to the museum from the metro is a pleasure. I think they do not accept the Museum Card, admission 8 euro (audio 3 euro, closed Monday, hours 11-6, open Tuesday to 9) You may want to spend the whole day so identify a lunch or dinner spot.
2 Rue Louis Boilly 75016 Paris
La Muette (Ligne 9)
Fee Euro 6
This museum was created in 1932 in the town house of Paul Marmottan who gave to the state his collections of Renaissance and Napoleonic art. In 1971 the museum increased its collection by 65 Monet paintings as well as some of his own personal collection. It is here that one can admire "Impression, soleil levant", the eponymous work of Impressionism.