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Now officially known as the Musee Marmottan-Claude Monet, this unique gallery focuses on the works of the great French Impressionist painter Claude Monet. The priceless collection of dozens of Monet paintings includes his series on water lilies, studies of his house at Giverny, a beautiful painting of Ruen Cathedral, and such masterpieces as LaBarque, Willow, House of Parliament, and Impression: Sunrise, which gave the Impressionist school of art its name. Visitors can also see Pierre Auguste Renoir’s portrait of a 32 year old Monet.

The establishment itself has a fascinating story. It was virtually unknown outside a small circle of art lovers until 1966, when Claude Monet’s son Michel was killed in a car accident. He left his father’s bequest of ten million dollars worth of art to the museum. This included Monet’s own collection of works by such artists as Camille Pissaro and Alfred Sisley. Now the museum, which was created in the 19th century mansion of art historian Paul Marmottan, also has works by Degas and Manet, as well as Renaissance tapestries, crystal chandeliers, and a treasure house of miniatures, water colors, pastels and drawings.

Address: 2 Rue Louis Boilly, 75016 Paris, France

Opened: 1882

Open hours: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm; Thursday until 9:00 pm

Phone: +33 1 44 96 50 33

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