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Great Paris Art Museums

Paris is the birthplace of Impressionism and is full of gorgeous museums dedicated to that period’s finest artists and their accomplishments. Here are the three Paris art museums you must see (in addition to the Louvre, of course):

Musee d’Orsay

Musee d’Orsay has the world’s largest and most extensive collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings. It opens at 9:30am, so try to get there a little early to avoid the lines. Otherwise, if you have a Paris Museum Pass you can stand in the Entrance C line for priority entrance. Impressionist painters include: Degas, Caillebotte, Monet, Renoir, Manet, among many more. Musee d’Orsay is closed on Mondays.

Musee de L’Orangerie

Musee de L’Orangerie is located in the Tuileries Gardens near Place de la Concorde. Here you’ll find the permanent display of Monet’s Water Lily series, “Nympheas.” The large murals are displayed along the walls of two large oval-shaped rooms and visible under direct, diffuse natural light just as Monet intended them. The museum also houses collections from other great Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters like Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse, and Henri Rousseau. Go in the afternoon on Mondays or Thursdays. They have a great 90-minute English-language guided tour. Musee de L’Orangerie is closed on Tuesdays.

Marmottan Museum

Right off the Muette metro station stop is the Marmottan Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of works by Claude Monet. Featured works include several from the Water Lilies series and his famous “Impression Sunrise.” Also featured here are some paintings from Monet’s own personal collections. These include works from Pissaro, Renoir and Sisley. Marmottan Museum is closed Mondays.

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