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Musee Marmottan
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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.
Reviewed December 10, 2013

Unless you would like to see the special exhibition which they have on at the moment or particularly wish to see Impression of Sunrise go elsewhere. The museum has lent out many of its star paintings to a foreign exhibition. There are Monets still there of course - water lilies and the iconic painting from which Impressionism gets its name beautifully displayed. But this is an expensive museum and you will get much better value for your money and your time - since it takes a while to get there - at the Orsay or the Louvre or the Orangerie for example. Spent many happy hours there several years ago but the star paintings were there then. Very disappointing.

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Reviewed December 4, 2013

In a beautiful residential section of Paris (16th) - it's an easy walk from the metro. It has a wonderful permanent collection of Manet and the special exhibit we saw (Les Soeur de Napoleon) was interesting and delightful. It's a real must for those who have some extra time in Paris and want a beautiful, leisurely, not terribly crowded experience. It's gorgeous!

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Reviewed December 1, 2013

Housing many of his personal favorites handed down to his son, this out of the way museum about 2 miles west of the Eiffel Tower is interesting and rewards those who seek it out. Home to the famous "Sunrise" painting that sparked the Impressionist movement long ago plus many smaller water Lilly panels, the collection has historical significance plus many pieces that will be different perspectives on familiar themes. The accompanying special exhibit on Naploean's sisters was also quite interesting. Not covered by the city museum pass.

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Reviewed November 24, 2013

Musee Marmottan is a place of pilgrimage whether you love Monet or not, whether you are familiar with his work or not. In the lower levels of this beautiful building are simply the most beautiful paintings, including the one which provided the name 'impression' for which the movement is of course known. There are other artists and exhibitions but we went solely for Monet, and although we have seen many of his works in various locations, this just blew us away. Even better than Musee Orangerie, and hardly any lines at all on a Sunday afternoon.

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Reviewed November 20, 2013

Want to see the largest collection Monet paintings IN THE WORLD? You don't needn't stand in line for two hours or more at the Orangerie. Just make your way to an elegant neighborhood--Passy--via the Metro (Muette) or the RER. You will stroll along lovely streets with gorgeous mansions and through a lovely park to Musee Marmottan. Monet's son left all his father's paintings (including those of his father's friends) to this off-the-beaten track museum which had been famous for its collection of Empire artifacts. When the curators visited the son's house, they were astounded to see paintings stacked four or five deep against the walls. Unable to expand the museum, they had no choice but to go underground. Of course they called the gendarmes immediately.

I'm a Monet affiiciando but was blown away by the exhibit. Because there are only a small number of visitors, you can stand close to a painting, go to the middle distance, and then go two rooms away and see the work at a great distance, thus appreciating the true genius of Monet's art. I just did not want to leave. Further, it is worth the visit if only to see "Impression: Sunrise." There is not a reproduction that does it justice--the brush work is amazing. You keep asking, how did he do it. Then, there is a dark little room with portrait pastels of Monet by his friends--so touching. And finally, the Museum owns exquisite Morisots which I had never seen, even in an exhibits devoted to her and to her brother in-law Manet. Keep it a secret--don't let the crowds know.

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