Marmottan Monet Museum (Musée Marmottan Monet) – Paris

Marmottan Monet Museum (Musée Marmottan Monet) – ParisMarmottan Monet Museum (Musée Marmottan Monet) – ParisMarmottan Monet Museum (Musée Marmottan Monet) – ParisMarmottan Monet Museum (Musée Marmottan Monet) – Paris

For lovers of Impressionism, a pilgrimage to the Marmottan Monet Museum (Musée Marmottan Monet) is absolutely essential.  Keeper of the largest public collection, 94 paintings plus 29 drawings, pastels and watercolors by Claude Monet, the movement’s founder and source of inspiration, the works include 1873’s seminal “Impression: Sunrise” from which the revolutionary school of artists takes its name.

Follow Monet’s deconstruction of painting as he attempts to capture the changing light through landscapes of Normandy and Argenteuil, views of the Tuileries and Saint-Lazare Station in Paris, Rouen Cathedral and of Parliament and Charing Cross Bridge in London.  The collection also features portraits of his model, muse and wife Camille as well as 30 tableaux of his bucolic residence at Giverny including views of the Japanese Bridge, weeping willows and many different representations of his beloved “Water Lilies” captured at all hours in evolving light.

Complimenting the Monet masterpieces are approximately 170 other Impressionist treasures including examples by Degas, Gauguin, Manet, Pissarro, Sisley and Renoir whose 1872 portrait “Claude Monet Reading” is one of the highlights.  With 25 paintings and 50 drawings, most significantly “At the Ball” from 1875, the Marmottan is also home to the largest public collection of the work of Berthe Morisot, Impressionism’s most acclaimed female adherent, renowned for the manner she sensitively portrayed women and children.

Additionally the museum displays one of the largest collections of French Religious Illuminated Manuscripts from the Middle Ages as well as a grouping of Napoleonic era painting, sculpture and decorative arts original to the Second Empire mansion that houses the museum and dates to its time as the stately residence of wealthy collector Paul Marmottan in the late 19th century.

Slightly off the beaten track, located on the west side of Paris in the upscale, residential 16th Arrondissement just adjacent to the huge Bois de Boulogne Park, for a small museum this one packs a major artistic punch.  Boasting Impressionist masterpieces that match the Orsay Museum’s quality without the corresponding crowds, no art lover should leave the Marmottan off of their itinerary.


Visiting Hours:

Open Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Closed on Mondays, January 1st, May 1st, and December 25th.



 €13 for an adult ticket.

 €6.50 for a student ticket (8 – 25).

Free for children (7 and under).


Purchase Tickets Online




Official Museum Site

Marmottan Monet Museum

(Musée Marmottan Monet)

2 Rue Louis Boilly

75016 Paris, France

(1) 44-96-50-33


Current Exhibitions:

Hodler, Monet, Munch

September 15, 2016 through January 22, 2017


Upcoming Exhibitions:

Camille Pissaro

February 23, 2017 through July 2, 2017


Must See in the Permanent Collection:

  • Monet – “On the Beach at Trouville” – 1871

  • Monet – “Impression: Sunrise” – 1872

  • Monet – “Promenade near Argenteuil” 1873

  • Monet – “Train in the Snow” – 1875

  • Monet – “Saint-Lazare Station” – 1877

  • Monet – “Rouen Cathedral” – 1892

  • Monet – “Parliament” – 1905

  • Monet – “Willow” – 1918

  • Morisot – “At the Ball” – 1875

  • Renoir – “Portrait of Monet Reading” – 1872





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