The Musée Marmottan is distinctly known as the museum of Monet; this as a result of the fact that this particular museum houses by far the biggest collection of Claude Monet's paintings of any museum in the world today. The Musée Marmottan also houses works by a number of other great artists. The list of famous painters includes works of art by Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, and Paul Signac, Paul Gauguin, Pierre Auguste Renoir and many others.
The Musée Marmottan is situated in Paris on the corner of Rue Louis Boilly and was originally a hunting lodge for the Duke of Valmy. Jules Marmottan originally bought the corner house on the Bois de Boulogne and subsequently willed it to his son Paul Marmottan who had a great interest in Napoleonic era art and furniture. He began to collect many art pieces as well as furniture pieces. On his death, Paul Marmottan left his entire collection as well as his home to the Academie des Beaux-Arts, who subsequently opened the house, as well as the collection, to the public in 1934 as the Musée Marmottan in honour of the original owner of the structure.
It is very fortunate that this particular museum happens to possess the largest collection of the works of Monet in the world. This happened through two rather interesting incidents. Firstly the daughter of Doctor Georges de Bellio, the physician to Monet, Pissarro and Manet as well as a number of other Impressionist painters, left his entire collection of Monet and other impressionist works to the museum. The second fortunate incident was when Monet's youngest son Michel Monet left his entire collection of his father's works to the museum thus leaving the museum with the largest collection of Monet art works in the world. Of course, this is not the only reason to visit the Musée Marmottan; there is also a very interesting collection of Napoleon era furniture pieces to see as well.
This is definitely a must see for all those who love art and would like to see paintings by Monet and other great artists that will not be displayed in any other museum in the world.
Facts For Your VisitFee: Yes
Open Now: NoHours This Week:
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Thursday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
- Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Address: 2 Rue Louis Boilly, 75016 Paris, France
Phone: 01 44 96 50 33
Official Website: Musée Marmottan Monet
|Metro / RER Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|M9||La Muette||8 minutes|
|RER C||Avenue Henri Martin||11 minutes|
How to get to Musée Marmottan Monet by Metro / RER
By Metro: Take Metro line 9 to Lsa Muette Station and cross the road to your left when exiting and walk due west along Rue de Passy continuing west through the park on Chaussee de la Muette. When the road forks 3 ways continue straight down the middle on Avenue du Ranelagh. Go right on Avenue Raphael and then take the next left onto Rue Louis Boilly. The museum is just up from the corner.
By RER C: Exit at Avenue Henri Martin Station; follow the corner around to your right and follow the tree lined Avenue Henri Martin west crossing over to the south side at the first crosswalk. Continue to Blvd Suchet (there is a large green lawn directly across) and follow the curve to your left. Continue down Blvd Suchet staying right at the fork until you get to Rue Louis Boilly then follow it left to the museum entrance.
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Ratedout of 5
A rather stuffy example of a patrician house and 19th-century art collection. Fine if you like French gilt furniture, impressionist paintings, etc. The display of illuminated manuscripts is terrible: some are under bright spotlights, but the majority are in such gloom that you really can't see them. A real shame. (Also, photography is not allowed, so I can't provide examples)
Peter Kidd - 15 days ago
Great place with a great collection. I was disappointed that they didn't allow me to take any photo-but that doesn't take anything away from the actual art there.
Daniel Gibson - 17 days ago
If you like Monet, this is a must visit place. Usually and surprisingly not crowded. So, it is quite and relaxing. Beautiful building also. One can spend hours here.
Ramaswamy Narayanan - 1 month ago
One of my favorite museum in Paris. If you like Monet you will really enjoy this place. Never crowded, peaceful and beautiful, I could go there more if public transports were a bit more practical for that.
Lilian Guillaume - 2 months ago
Nice diverse representation of impressionism. They've put together the story of the progression of the genre well enough. The side-by-side exhibit of Morisot and Monet was awesome.
Mike Ryker - 3 months ago