Monet's Home and Musée des impressionnismes in Giverny, France

After leaving Monet's home and gardens, we wandered down the road to the Musée des Impressionnismes… (I may have stopped to take a few pictures…)

Photo credit: ho visto nina volare via VisualHunt / CC BY-SA
Photo credit: tourist at home via Visual hunt / CC BY-NC

The road felt longer than it was, but that was because we got lost.

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Finally, we saw the Musée des Impressionnismes, which, if you'll recall, we already had tickets for.

We went straight to the outdoor cafe where I shot flowers while waiting on the server.

Sick of meat, we ordered the vegetable plate. It came with a salad in the middle, corn, quinoa, shredded carrots, lots of tomatoes, and a type of French cole slaw. (I didn't write down exactly what we had and it wasn't listed on the menu, so forgive me if I have gotten something wrong.) The food wasn't superb, but it was a nice dish for a hot, sunny day.

Then, we went inside.

We already had tickets, but we were directed downstairs to store our camera bag in a free locker. Then we went exploring…

I think impressionism art is some of my favorite, so I loved looking at the beautiful pieces found all over the museum. Sorolla's work was featured for the ever-changing exhibition, and, of course, we saw some of Monet's work as well. The exhibit area is quite small and only really worth visiting if you happen to be in the area, you get a discount, or you are interested in a particular artist they are showcasing. Aside from that, we had a wonderful time visiting the museum and felt it was a nice way to end our time in Giverny.

As you can see, there isn't a whole lot to do in the small town of Giverny, France, but if you are looking to explore the world of Monet and impressionism art, this may be a spot you want to take some time out to visit. I hope you enjoyed my pictorial tour, and that it has inspired/encouraged those of you that may have been on the fence about visiting or perhaps offered a new location for your French or European itinerary that you may not have considered otherwise.

What do you think about impressionism? Are you a fan? … Does Giverny seem like a place you could spend hours exploring? Or do you think you'd get bored with the art focused nature of the location?

Check out my first three posts in this series here, here, and here.

To find out more about the museum, click here. Located at 99 rue Claude Monet, the museum is open spring through fall (varying dates each year) from 10am-6pm. The first Sunday of each month, you can enter free of charge, but any other day tickets cost 8€ per adult with a discount offered for families of three. You can also buy a 20€ ticket bundle that also includes entrance to Monet's house and gardens.

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