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Our Lady Collegiate church in Vernon
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Vernon half-timbered houses
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The Old Mill in Vernon
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Monet's house and garden at Giverny
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The XIIth c. castle keep in Vernon
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Visits, indeed, but there are so many other things to do in Vernon
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Walking and cycling around Vernon
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Museums in Vernon (paintings by Monet) and Giverny
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A walk in the streets of Giverny
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The water lily pond at Giverny
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Tourelles castle in Vernon
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Welcome to Giverny (2)

Musée des Impressionnismes
(The museum of impressionisms)

Just 200 metres from Monet's house and garden, you can visit the Museum of Impressionisms. It opened  at Giverny on May 1st, 2009 thanks to the help of  various  local and regional  Boards, and with the partnership of Orsay museum in Paris and the Terra Foundation.

The museum, dedicated to the history of Impressionism, its precursors and also its aftermath, aims at showing the diversity of aesthetic (and geographic) origins and styles among the painters usually recognized as Impressionists. These artists  never formed  a united group, never founded a unique school and often worked alone. This is why the plural  applied to the term ’Impressionism’ to evoke this very plurality.

Museum entrance

Exhibition room

This Museum especially reminds visitors that Giverny has a special place in both French and American art history. In 1890, Monet's fame had spread across the Atlantic and growing numbers of American artists came to stay in the village for weeks, months, years or even for ever, like Theodore Butler who married Monet's step-daughter, Suzanne Hoschedé. Cezanne also stayed a  few weeks in the vilage. The painters sought the presence of the Impressionist master and the glimmering light and misty landscapes of the countryside, made famous in his paintings.

March  24 - July 2, 2017
In concert! Musical instruments in art, 1860-1910

The beginnings of impressionism coincided with the arrival of new musical instruments and the increasing importance of music in everyday life, with cafés-concerts, dances and operas in particular all flourishing.

Manet, Degas, Renoir, Morisot, Whistler, Toulouse-Lautrec and Bonnard were simultaneously witnesses to, and protagonists in, these changes during a period of growing leisure. Furthermore, a ‘new music’ emerged in parallel with this ‘new painting’. A wave of modernity and freedom swept through music, which broke with traditional conventions.

The sixty works or so on display trace the growing presence of music in painting. Depictions of public performances — brass bands, circuses, cabarets, orchestras, operas, festivals – rub shoulders with more intimate scenes featuring parlour music and music lessons. This exhibition illustrates the close links that developed between painters and musicians.

July 14 -  November 5, 2017

MANGUIN, the Joy of Colour

Henri Manguin, described as the ‘voluptuous painter’ by Apollinaire, celebrated the joy of life through Arcadian themes, nudes, Mediterranean landscapes, scenes of family life and still lifes.

From his formative years, when his first experiments in Impressionism were accompanied by the teaching of Gustave Moreau, to the end of the First World War, the artist remained true to the expression of a harmonious sensuality.

The exhibition Manguin, the Joy of Colour at the musée des impressionnismes Giverny features around one hundred works that retrace the career of this friend of Henri Matisse. It focuses on the period when Manguin, who from an early age demonstrated an exceptional talent for the inventive use of colour harmonies, worked in tandem with – and sometimes anticipated – the bold innovations of the Fauves, with whom he exhibited in 1905.

Permanent exhibit...  Around Monet

In addition to the temporary exhibitions, the Museum  displays works on the theme of Claude Monet’s influence on his contemporaries and successive generations.

This presentation pays tribute to one of the most important individuals in the history of French art by emphasizing his impact in France and abroad, from Sisley to the colony of American artists in Giverny, and from Joan Mitchell to the Japanese painter Hiramatsu Reiji.
n addition to the temporary exhibitions, the musée des impressionismes Giverny has a permanent display of works that reflect Monet’s influence on his contemporaries and on the generations that followed him.

Among the paintings of this permanent exhibition :
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Claude Monet - Nympheas avec rameaux de saule
(on the right)  Maximilien Luce, L'ile à bois, 1914
Entrance fee is included in the museum ticket
Open March 24 - November 5, 2017 (Closed July 3 to 13)

The museum building,  by the Reichen and Robert agency, who designed the Grande Halle de la Villette, was designed to blend into the Seine valley landscape, to respect and enhance the typical landscape of the valley with its fields, orchards, terraces, and hedgerows. The atmosphere is a tribute to nature, so dear to the Impressionists, using an architecture that both respects and celebrates the natural world.

  The building  disappears behind greenery

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Even if you do not wish to visit this museum (it would be a pity not to as it is very beautiful and it rounds off the visit of Monet's garden) you are advised to walk around its garden (free admission). It is a modern one, quite different from Monet's but you will certainly enjoy it.

Conceived by the landscape artist Mark Rudkin the garden is a a highly structured, contemporary creation divided into little squares surrounded by hedges composed of beech trees. Each square ( or each "room")  has a single dominant colour: after the white garden, with water gurgling down a pond, there follows a square for herbs, another full of roses; a blue square and a pink one that lead the visitors to the western part of the garden where wild flowers and plants are an introduction to a larger meadow sown with poppies.


The Museum of Impresionisms has been  awarded the Remarkable Garden Label.

The label rewards gardens and parks, both historical and contemporary, that are particularly well maintained and open to visitors

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