Paris: Museums and Galleries
- Musée Marmottan-Claude Monet
- Musée Picasso
- Musée Rodin
- Maison de Victor Hugo
- Espace Dali à Montmartre
- The Claude Monet Foundation at Giverny
Musée Marmottan-Claude Monet
2, rue Louis-Boilly, Paris, France 75016
Initially devoted to the First Empire, Napoleonic paintings, furnishings and bronzes, the Marmottan Museum has now become an impressionist shrine, and holds the world’s largest collection of works by Claude Monet, as well as the outstanding Wildenstein collection of illuminated miniatures.
Hôtel Salé, 5, rue de Thorigny, Paris, France 75003
Housed in Hôtel Salé, built in the 17C for a man who collected the salt tax, hence its name. Not only Picasso (over 3,000 works) but also his personal art collection (Cézanne, Le Douanier Rousseau, Matisse).
The restored hotel has a beautiful garden.
77, rue de Varenne, Paris, France 75007
Located in the Hôtel Biron. Among the items on display are "The Hand of God", "The Thinker", "The Gates of Hell" and "The Kiss". Sculpture Gardens are an attraction. A very inviting museum, a charming garden and outdoors café, with the most famous sculptures by Rodin (The Kiss, The Burghers of Calais, etc..); do not miss the sculptures by his mistress Camille Claudel.
Victor Hugo lived here from 1832 to 1848, and you can see reconstructions of certain rooms of different houses occupied by Victor Hugo for which he chose the decoration. The author’s life story is told through collections of drawings, paintings, and documents. The restored dining room includes Chinese furniture Victor Hugo chose for Juliette Drouet’s house in Guernsey.
You can read our Maison de Victor Hugo post Here.
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Open daily 10 am to 6 pm (when cashiers close)
Entry to museum: €11.00 / €7.00 €6.00
The Claude Monet Foundation at Giverny
Fondation Claude Monet
84 rue Claude Monet 27620 Giverny
Tel: 02 32 51 28 21 Fax: 02 32 51 54 18
Open: Tuesday-Sunday, 1st April to 31st October from 9.30 am to 6.00 pm (last entrance at 5.30 pm). In 2006 also open 17th April, 1st and 8th May.
Bequeathed to France’s Académie des Beaux-Arts by the artist’s son Michel in 1966, Claude Monet’s property at Giverny has since undergone major restoration under the supervision of Gerald Van Der Kemp of the Institut de France, with the assistance of head gardener Gilbert Vahé.
The house where the leader of the Impressionist school lived from 1883 until 1926 has now had its colourful interior restored the colourful interior. Several of its rooms are now devoted to the artist’s precious collection of Japanese prints.
An interesting article by Rachel Kaplan on current Museum and Gallery happenings: Paris: An Art Center for the World
The Parisian Art Galleries Society
The private commercial galleries of Paris have a distinguished heritage. This website lists the complete exhibition program of over 125 venues and shows you how to find them. Just click on each geographic area – Paris Beaubourg, Paris Rive Gauche, Paris Rive Droite and Ile de France to get full information.