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Giverny’s history: impressionist movement, home for painters
A French commune located in the Eure department of the Haute-Normandie region, Giverny is globally renowned as the chosen residence of one of the most influential figures of the Impressionist artistic movement. Indeed, Claude Monet decided to settle here in 1883. As such, the city's architecture, tourism economy, reputation, and history have all been shaped by the Impressionist movement. The village of Giverny is first mentioned around 1025 in the Latinized form of Giverniacum. King Charles II the Bald officially recognized the monks of the Saint-Denis-le-Ferment abbey as owners of the village. In the eleventh century, Giverny was allocated to the Saint-Ouen abbey in Rouen. Several monasteries were established there during the medieval period. Among them, the barn was used for the collection of taxes until the Revolution. After the revolution, the Giverny lands were acquired by the Lorier family. The religious life of this northwestern French commune, along with the influence of the Impressionist movement, attracted painters from around the world, particularly Americans, who came to meet Monet and then remained in the region. Claude Monet's gardens and home attracted nearly 530,000 visitors in 2023, making it a vital part of the local economy. Monet's residence ranks second only to the Mont Saint-Michel abbey among the most visited sites in Normandy.
Rich culture and history to discover in Giverny: museums of impressionist artworks, natural
Monuments and Churches
Here is a list of monuments to visit in Giverny. Aside from museums and churches, you can explore the town by walking or cycling. During the Impressionist exhibitions, professionals offer workshops to introduce children to painting techniques, set within the beautiful gardens of Claude Monet.
Claude Monet's House
The Fondation Claude Monet, or Claude Monet's House and Gardens, is a notable feature of this small, flower-filled commune in Haute-Normandie. This house in Giverny has been classified as a historic monument since April 1976 and carries the "Remarkable Garden" label. The visit to the Fondation Claude Monet includes: The "petit salon bleu" (reading room), the pantry (warehouse), the studio-sitting room, the dining room with its Japanese prints, the kitchen adorned in Rouen blue tiles, and private apartments featuring bedrooms, furniture, and closets. Blanche Hoschedé's room is open to the public after extensive archival work.
Museum of Impressionism Giverny
The Museum of Impressionism Giverny showcases a collection of Impressionist artworks. Each year, the museum organizes an exhibition; Degas was honored there in 2015. It is crucial to visit this Impressionism exhibition to understand the core of the Impressionist movement. Part of the museum is dedicated to a permanent installation.
Museum of Natural Mechanics
This museum houses a permanent exhibition dedicated to the oldest engines and mechanical equipment in the world, including the Diesel engine of 1908, a 28-ton model. This is, to date, one of the most imposing diesel engines and is highly rated.
Memorial: The Stela of the British Aviators
This memorial, erected in memory of eight English airmen who lost their lives on June 8, 1944, was inaugurated on Saturday, January 20, 2007, in the presence of local authorities and representatives of the English army. These airmen were shot down by the German Air Force; none of the crew survived.
Church of Sainte Radegonde
The Church of Sainte Radegonde, with its Romanesque style and architecture, is a must-visit. Its oldest part dates back to the 11th century. The church was founded during the Merovingian period and was renovated in 2008 and 2010
How about the advantages and varieties of accommodation in Giverny: hostels, inns, guest houses?
Moulin des Chennevières
The Moulin des Chennevières is located close to the main monuments of Giverny. Free Wi-Fi, a flowery garden set in a 3-hectare park, rooms with bath or shower are available. A hearty breakfast and a homemade dinner will be offered upon reservation. This property offers value for money choice and to add extra to your stay, the staff speaks your language.
The Little Giverny
Accommodation includes free Wi-Fi. Just 150 meters from Monet's house, a terrace facing a landscaped garden, rooms overlook the garden. There is a restaurant of typical dishes of Haute-Normandie and the most delicious gastronomic specialties. Private parking and free parking are available.
The Garden of Plumes Luxury hotel
This is the reference to Giverny and all of Normandy. Pets are allowed, free parking is available. A starred chef will offer you a more attractive menu, with dishes served in a setting combining large windows, a chandelier from an old steamer and buff-coloured walls.
Establishment of intermediate class, the Musardière will be able to provide you a very convivial accommodation. Pets allowed, free parking also, staff only waiting for your reservation to prepare rooms and facilities that will suit you. The Hélène Gardens Located at 1.0 km from the centre of Giverny, this hostel is highly recommended by the travel forums. The price of a room is around 100 euros.
Guest house The Clos Fleuri
Located at the top of the list of the most recommended establishments in Giverny, the Clos Fleuri is a hostel located 1.6 km from the centre of Giverny and a few minutes’ walk from the Museum of Impressionism.
Guest house The Clos de l'Eglise Cottage
This is renowned pleasant, friendly and well equipped in Giverny, the price of accommodation starts from € 80 per night. The room is designed to accommodate two people. This lodging is arranged on the site of an old presbytery.
Visit the Museum of Impressionisms
Ideally situated in the commune of Giverny, one of the most beautiful villages in Normandy, the Musée des Impressionnismes offers a distinctly unique approach to art from the late 19th century to the present day. This is showcased through its diverse exhibitions of paintings, drawings, and photographs. The museum is devoted to exploring the history of Impressionism and its developments, such as the Giverny colony and the Seine valley. Giverny is regarded as a land of artists. The famous Claude Monet first settled there in 1883, and he was followed by several other artists, predominantly Americans. All of them were eager to put into practice the Impressionist principles, popular at the time, amidst the stunning Norman landscapes.
The Museum of Impressionism, formerly the Giverny Museum of American Art, resulted from a partnership between the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Departmental Council of Eure, the Departmental Council of Seine-Maritime, the Haute-Normandie region, the community of municipalities, the city of Vernon, and the renowned Musée d'Orsay in 2009. The newly established museum promotes the study of the history of Impressionism, its origins, its geographical influence, and its long-lasting impacts up until the second half of the 20th century and the early 21st century.
Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, as well as their effects on 20th and 21st-century art, can be explored at this intriguing museum. Two temporary exhibitions, either monographic or thematic, are organized there each season. The artists who significantly influenced the art of late 19th and early 20th century France are showcased. At the same time, the museum aims to return works inspired by these locations back to their lands of origin. This museum also meticulously examines the impact of Impressionism beyond the confines of France. To complete the experience, the Museum of Impressionism, through its programming, offers the opportunity for comparisons and contemporary perspectives.
Good places to eat in Giverny
Even if it means being in Giverny, you might as well take the opportunity to also take your pucks on the road. For gourmets and gourmands alike, here are the good addresses not to be missed for dining on site.
Au Coin Du Pain'tre
Au Coin du Pain’tre offers French and European cuisine. It is a chic and friendly restaurant that caters to all locals and tourists. Here, you are entitled to a healthy menu ideal especially for vegetarians or vegans. On the terrace or in the dining room, you can have brunch, lunch or dinner without reservation. The establishment also offers functional dishes such as sandwiches, etc. Everything is homemade.
La Musardière is known for offering gourmet dishes. Here, French and European specialties are as pretty to look at as they are tasty in the mouth. Everyone finds happiness here. This is the case for vegetarians, vegans and those who are allergic to gluten. This is the best place to have a good time with family, lovers or friends. The service here is impeccable.
Le Jardin des Plumes
Among the most popular restaurants in Giverny, you also have Le Jardin des Plumes. This chic and modern establishment offers French cuisine and some local specialties from the region. It offers a special menu for vegetarians. Located in the city center, this restaurant is also a practical choice between two visits. You can come without reservation.
How to go from Paris to Giverny
Giverny is approximately 73 km from the city of Paris, and it would take about 1 hour and 23 minutes to cover the distance by car using the A14 or A13. You can follow the A14 and A13 towards Avenue Aristide Briand/D113 in Bonnières-sur-Seine, then the shuttle will take D201, Rue de Limetz, Rue de Bennecourt, and finally, the van will follow D201 towards Rue du Grand Val in Giverny.