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“Definitely worth the visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Musee Marmottan

Musee Marmottan
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Paris Day Trip to Impressionists Island with Cooking Class and Musée Marmottan...
Ranked #24 of 1,098 things to do in Paris
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Owner description: Located in a 19th-century mansion, this museum's fabulous collection of Impressionist paintings ranks second only behind the Musée d'Orsay.
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“Definitely worth the visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2013

Several people had told us it was their favorite smaller museum in Paris, but for us, that wasn't quite true. We loved it, and we loved our stroll through the immediate neighborhood (we visited Bois de Boulogne the same day) and found a lovely neighborhood cafe to eat, nearby.

The number of Monet paintings they have is astonishing and the other art/furnishings in the house are very worthwhile to see. But it was crowded. It was stuffy, and one felt one could not linger (especially in the main part of the maison) as someone else was pushing to stand in your spot to look at whatever it was (a bit like going to Versailles).

Also, while I adore Monet of course, he is not the only painter I love, and I suppose I love him most in juxtaposition with his contemporaries. I also can't get over my intense desire to see the Lilies over and over (and it never, ever seems crowded there, and people are quiet and one never feels rushed at L'Orangerie). So I'd give L'Orangerie (and Petite Palais and Rodin Museum) 5 stars for smaller museums, and cannot encourage people to go all the way out to Marmottan unless they are on a Monet quest. We are glad now, in retrospect, that we did not organize earlier, shorter stays in Paris around seeing this, despite its rave reviews, and spent our time in other art museums first.

I am told that getting there early helps with the crowds, and that is what I would advise. You will see other versions of many pictures by Monet that you've already seen at D'Orsay and L'Orangerie, if you went to those places, but you'll also see some of his minor works that may surprise you. It does have places to sit and contemplate in the main gallery, and that's very very nice.

Visited June 2012
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“Even the Parisians haven't heard of the Marmottan. (But you should.)”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

...ok, at least the ones we met...but isn't always the case that people rarely take advantage of the cultural treasures of their own city? The Marmottan, on the west end of Paris adjacent to the Bois de Boulogne houses an excellent collection of Monet's work as well as other permanent pieces and rotating exhibitions. If you are a fan of Monet this is an essential stop for you. (as well as the L'Orangerie and his house at Giverney.) If you have a good amount of time in Paris and you've hit all the other major museums, venturing out to the Marmottan will be a good use of your time as well as expose you to one of the hidden gems of Paris.

Visited December 2012
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Houston, Texas
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“A great museum for a short attention span”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

I loved this smaller museum that had a focused collection...it is certainly easier to digest than some of the larger musems. The Hotel Particulier that houses it is charming...though it's a little bit of a hike from the nearest metro. (We actually walked from Trocadero!)

Visited January 2013
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Nashville, Tennessee
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“Up Close and Personal”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2013

This museum offers a level of intimacy with masterpieces that is rare. The painting that gave impressionism it's name can be viewed comfortably here.

Visited December 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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“the exhibit was travelling”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2013

There was about 30 Monet paintings. chicago has hundreds Its a long way from the center of Paris and not worth it unless you like big old houses.

Visited December 2012
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