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Fondation Claude Monet, Giverny

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Must see · Garden · Specialty Museum
Your visit to Fondation Claude Monet starts in a little blue sitting room painted with that same colors that Monet chose. Restorations include period decorations, such as cement tiles made in Rouen, brightly painted furniture, and copper pots that contrast the cheerful blue walls of the large kitchen. Throughout the house, you'll see Monet's personal collection of over 200 Japanese woodblocks and works of art by his Impressionist contemporaries. When you stroll across the Japanese bridge, commissioned by Monet, admire the water lilies rising from the pond, which were also inspired by Japanese garden design. Low hedges separate the garden's plots, each with its own theme, harmony, shape, composition, and color palette. Look out for rare plant varieties and wisteria planted by Monet himself. Add Fondation Claude Monet to your Giverny travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Giverny trip itinerary planner.
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  • After a full day walking in Paris, Giverny was a relax tour. Ramona, our guide, has a very good driver, they picked us up from the apartment we rented, and drop us off on the way back. We had lunch...  more »
  • The gardens were beautiful. Amazed at the amount of colour even at this time of the year. We booked tickets online and had timed entry slots. When we arrived it became clear this wasn't necessary...  more »
  • I would definitely say walk strait through part 1 and go directly to pay 2 euro for the 3D part. The 1st part is like being in line for a ride at disneyland...there are designs projected on the wall.....  more »
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  • I was fortunate to visit twice. My first visit was in April, start of tourist peak season. The best was that the Garden was in full bloom...spectacular! Amazing colors I had never seen before. Absolutely beautiful! The worst was too many people, pushing & shoving. I did not get in to visit Monet's house. I got tired of getting pushed around. The gardens are best to visit in the spring, but be patient with the crowds.... My second visit was in late October. Off season, so there were no crowds. The gardens were ready for grooming...I was able to visit inside Monet's home. The weather was a bit chilly.
  • Highly overrated garden just like Mona Lisa. Well it is a nice cozy garden but really not worth the time and effort it takes to travel from Paris unless you are staying very long & have seen everything the city has to offer. Also the famed Japanese bridge is beautiful in paintings but in reality quite average.
  • I'm sure it would be a quiet and resounding garden and building but the thousands of people packed into the the tiny area. But, it's not like that can be helped. I had to put a few line jumpers in place that suddenly pretended like they didn't speak English.
  • Amazing garden and home. Well worth the trip. So spiritual, and relaxing in the gardens. Well maintained and very clean
  • The gardens are stunning and well worth seeing in nicer weather. Make sure not to miss the famous lily pond on the other side of the road (there is a short underground path that goes under the road between the two parts of the garden. If its busy when you visit then the bridges over the pond do get clogged up with people taking photos. Monets house is really interesting and there is a large shop on the site. The queue to get tickets was incredibly long so we visited the museum of impressionism first (a short walk away) and bought a joint ticket from there with no wait at all. Rue Claude Monet is very pretty to walk along.

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