Print Posted By Lost in France on 17 Apr 2011 in French Regions - Haute-Normandie

Giverny - The Home of Monet

Located in the Eure department of Normandy, Giverny sits on the banks of the River Seine about 50 miles from Paris. Giverny is best known as the home of the famous impressionist painter Claude Monet.

Claude Monet's house at Giverny

Monet moved to his home in Giverny in 1883 with his second wife and their 8 children, Monet lived and painted here until his death in 1926. Inspired by his beautiful surroundings Monet worked on some of his most famous paintings rendering them in his own unique style of impressionism.

In 1980 Monet's home was opened to the public and now fully restored his house and gardens at Giverny are a popular tourist attraction where you can see the famous views of Japanese bridges and water lilies that Monet was so fond of painting.

Claude Monet's famous lily pond

Prettily built of crushed pink brick with green shutters Monet's house contains his collection of Japanese prints and his studio. The house has been lovingly restored to it's exact condition at the time that Monet lived there with his family including his blue sitting room and the yellow dining room.

Monet was passionate about gardening and despite the disapproval of his neighbours he created the pond that is represented in much of his art. The gardens are split in to two parts, the first is Monet's flower garden called Clos Normand which is adjoins the house. Across the road from the his home is Monet's famous water garden where he painted his pictures of water lilies.

Opening Times & Prices

The Foundation Claude Monet is open every day from the 1st of April to the 1st of November included (including public holidays) from 9.30am to 6pm (last admission 5.30 pm)

Adults 8€
Children under 12 years old and students 5€
Children under 7 years old free
Disabled 4€
Parking is free

Other things to do in Giverny

Museum of Impressionism
The village of Giverny is also home to the Musée des Impressionnismes situated at 99 rue Claude Monet. The museum is open from the April to October every day from 10am to 6pm and holds many exhibitions throughout the year.

The Natural Mechanical Museum
This museum can be found at 2 rue Blanche Hoschedé-Monet and houses a private collection of steam engines.


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