His father Jules had been a great collector and historian himself, but Paul Marmottan, who was fascinated with the First Empire and the Napoleonic era and travelled extensively throughout Europe visiting scenes of the Napoleonic campaigns, went a few steps further in his passion.
Gathering numerous documents, art works and much more, the townhouse he owned in the Bois de Boulogne area of Paris is now classed as a museum in its own right, called the Bibliotheque Paul-Marmottan, which contains a library and also holds part of his collection of art works.
However his other town house located in the 16th Arrondissement was to become the Musee Marmottan Monet, when he bequeathed both houses and his fabulous collection to the Institut de France and the Academy of Fine Arts and the Musee Marmottan Monet first opened its doors in 1934.
Then in 1957 there was a substantial donation received from Madame Victorine Donop de Monchy that she had inherited from her father. And then again in 1966 Michel Monet, the son of Claude Monet, donated his property in Giverny along with his collection of paintings he had inherited from his father to the Musee Marmottan Monet, which meant that this museum now had the largest Claude Monet collection in the world.
There have of course been numerous other donations over the years like the collection of Henri Duhem, prestigious works by Edouard Manet, Henri Rouart, etc donated by Denis and Annie Rouart, the fabulous illumination collection from Daniel Wildstein and many others.
About the Musee Marmottan Monet Museum in Paris Today
You will be able to discover the largest collection of painting by Claude Monet in the world that includes the Water Lilies, Sunrise and Impression and see the significant stages in the artists career right through from caricatures to the paintings inspired by his Giverny garden.
There are also letters, photographs and many personal items including sketchbooks, and palettes along with a collection of paintings that were produced by his friends, and with different bequests, the Impressionist collection has grown to include pieces by famous artists such as Morisot and Renoir.
However, because Paul Marmottan was dedicated and passionate about the First Empire, there are numerous items on display from this period including paintings, engravings, sculptures, furniture, miniatures, porcelain etc. And he also devoted time to discovering some of the lesser known artists of the time, and therefore the Musee Marmottan Monet, also presents works from numerous of these.
Yet his father was far more interested in the Middle Ages and there is a complete collection exhibited from this period that Paul Marmottan had inherited. Yet this was further enhanced by the donation by Daniel Wildenstein of an exceptional and extraordinary set of illuminations, and the hundreds of pieces that present the illumination art during the Middle Ages has made it one of the largest collections in the world.
So as you can no doubt tell, even though the Musee Marmottan Monet is often overlooked, it is actually one of the more impressive museums with its rich collections. And if you are interested in art, then this is one of the tourist attractions in Paris you should consider visiting, especially if you do not have the time to travel out of Paris to the Giverny house that once belonged to Claude Monet.
Access to the Musee Marmottan Monet Museum in Paris
The Musee Marmottan Monet is located in the 16th Arrondissement of Paris in between the Square des Ecrivains Combattants Morts pour la France and the Jardins du Ranelagh that are fabulous gardens in Paris with a puppet theatre, an actual theatre, play areas and more.
You will find that this museum in Paris is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm, however there is a late night opening until 8pm on a Thursday and is accessible to those that are disabled. But we would like to point out that they are always closed on a Monday and on major French holidays like the 1st May.
The cost of entry is €10 as of 2013, however there is a reduced rate of €5 for those under the age of 18 and guides of the disabled, whereas children under the age of 7 and the disabled gain free entry.
You can also obtain an audio guide for €3 that lasts a total of one and a half hours covering the permanent collections and the temporary exhibitions, which is available in French, English and Japanese from the cloakroom after paying for entry to the Musee Marmottan Monet museum.
However, if you would also like to visit the house of Claude Monet at Giverny, which is where he was inspired for his famous water lily paintings, then between the months of April and the end of October you can obtain a combined ticket for both museums at a cost of €18, or a reduced rate of €9 for those under the age of 18.
Group visits are also possible for a minimum of 15 people up to a maximum of 25 people, with a reduced rate of €6 per person as of 2013, along with a reservation fee of €15 per group, however these do have to be booked in advance either via telephone or fax.
In addition to this, workshops for children aged 7 to 12 are also organised during the school holidays, and there are other workshops for adults that are also organised, which relate to a specific theme, and to find out more about these or make a reservation you would need to telephone +33 (0) 1 44 96 50 41.
You may also be pleased to know that there is a book shop and gift shop open from 11am until when the Musee Marmottan Monet closes and has a wide variety of books in different languages, postcards, gifts inspired by the work of Monet, station and art items plus much more.
And when it come to public transport in Paris, the nearest Metro station is called La Muette via line 9, which you would get to via going passed the Jardins du Ranelagh, however there is another Metro stop called the Ranelagh that is also within walking distance, yet more awkward to get to.
Address and Contact Details
Musee Marmottan Monet
2 Rue Louis-Boilly
Ile de France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 44 96 50 33
Fax: +33 (0) 1 40 50 65 84
Tourist attractions close by
- Jardins de Ranelagh
- Square des Ecrivains Combattants Morts pour la France
- Cirque de Bouglione
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Musee Marmottan Monet Museum in Paris
Dedicated to the impressionist artist Claude Monet, a former hunting lodge became home to the Musee Marmottan Monet Museum in Paris after a bequest of art works to the Academy of Fine Arts.
And most people think of the house in Giverny being the place to discover more about the artist Claude Monet, which you can easily visit via a tour while you are on holiday in Paris, however, there is also a place that was turned into a museum in Paris itself.
But lets start with a bit of history..
There was once a hunting lodge owned by Christophe Edmond Kellerman who was the Duke of Valmy, and this was purchased by Jules Marmottan back in 1882, but it was his son Paul Marmottan who resided in it, and he had another hunting lodge constructed so that he could house his private collection of art works.