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Fondation Claude Monet, Giverny

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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. Put Fondation Claude Monet on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Giverny travel itinerary planner.
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  • Wow! We arrived on a perfect day, sunshine. Every plant was bursting with color. The gardeners have been working overtime. It was perfect.  more »
  • A must see! We stopped here on our way to The Normandy region of France. The gardens and house are so beautiful. Our children loved the flowers and all of the bright colors in the house. To avoid the ...  more »
  • We spent a Sunday sunny at Giverny, the place is beautiful, the Museum and gardens are a must.
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  • Absolutely not to be missed. The Gardens are maintained perfectly throughout the season and the house is filled with beautiful painting from other impressionists and offers an intimate experience. You can easily walk to the entrance from one of the free parking lots nearby.
  • A stunning preservation of Monet's inspiration. The work that has been done to conserve the house and Garden of the artist and educate people is tremendous. Even for the non fan of impressionism or Monet, the walk around the garden or the famous lily pond is beautiful and relaxing. The house itself shows personal effects and insight into the man's lifestyle. The town's Giverny itself and the drive towards it is well worth the trip even if you do not pay to go into the museum.
  • Like finding yourself in a Monet painting! Very busy all year but quieter later in the season. The best value is to buy the gallery, garden and house ticket combined. Take your time around the gardens and afterwards explore the little town. There's lots to see including Monet's tomb, beautiful gardens and quaint houses. Lots of cafés too. Of course the house tour ends with a ubiquitous shop, but they have more books on Monet and Impressionism than you're likely to see anywhere else.
  • Awesome place, though seemed a little over rated. Really difficult to get to without transport and buses from railway station really infrequent. Lovely place to spend the day though. Paintings are all replicas as well.
  • A very cool experience. The gardens are beautiful...I can see why Monet spent so much time here painting them. It was pretty cool to stand on the (replacement) bridge that Money painted, too. Walking Monet's house is also very cool. The place gets incredibly busy and incredibly packed (they don't seem to regulate how many people go in), so get there early in the morning if you want to not be so crammed with other tourists.