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Musée Marmottan Museum In Paris

The Musee Marmottan is housed in a 19th century mansion in the fashionable Auteuil Western district of Paris on the edge of the Bois de Boulogne, which was originally the hunting lodge of Christophe Edmond Kellermann who was the Duke of Valmy.

But it was sold in 1882 to Jules Marmottan and then his Son, Paul also made this residence his home and extended it to show the Napoleonic paintings, furnishings and bronzes he collected in the course of his life.

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Then, when Paul died in 1932, he left the house and the family's impressive art collection to the Académie des Beaux-Arts, which is the Paris School of Art, and the mansion was opened two years later as the Musee Marmottan.

Initially devoted to the First Empire, the Musee Marmottan was to become over the years an impressionist shrine, yet it generally remained in obscurity until 1966 when Claude Monet's son Michel died tragically in a car crash and in his will he left his father's art to the small museum.

Because of these bequests it then housed more than 130 paintings, watercolors, pastels and drawings and the Musee Marmottan suddenly boasted the world's largest collection of works by Claude Monet.  Fortunately for us, it means that we can now trace the artist's evolving techniques of the renowned Impressionist, over the span of his career in a single museum.

And for those of you who are die-hard Monet fans, this is definitely the place you need to visit, with the main attraction being the world renowned Water Lilies by Claude Monet and is considered a pilgrimage destination for fans of impressionism and a very pleasant museum for everybody.

Known as the best impressionist landscape painter, Claude Monet brought colour and light, and expressions of happiness and life's subtle emotions into his paintings, which has made his style become extremely popular.  And along with the Water Lillies, which Claude Monet painted in his last years in his Giverny house in Normandy, West of Paris, you will be able to view other Monet favourites such as The Boat, La Locomative and Weeping Willow.

Along with the paintings and works by Monet, the museum also plays host to a collection of furniture, objets d'art, works by German and Italian primitive painters, Renaissance tapestries, Impressionist and Post-impressionist works by artists such as Pissaro, Renoir and Rodin, which makes this museum almost on par with places such as the Musée d'Orsay.

Enriched even further by the Wildenstein donation, the Musee Marmottan also displays over 200 medieval book illuminations, which is one of Europe's most outstanding displays from around the 12th through to the 16th centuries, along with an important collection of furniture, bronze statues and paintings from the Napoleonic period.

The museum also features an on-site gift shop, which offers numerous different items from books and posters to prints and calendars, as well as jewellery and decorative items plus creative items for children.

Obviously anyone can visit and walk around at their own leisure, but guided tours are available by prior arrangement, as are workshops for children but because it is on different floors, unfortunately it is not suitable for the disabled at this time.

The museum is open from 10am through to 6pm every day of the week except for on a Monday and the national holidays.

Address & Contact Details:

Musée Marmottan
2 Rue Louis Bailly

Telephone: 1 42 24 07 02

Marmottan Museum In Paris

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