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Monet’s Gardens and House are now closed
They will open to visitors
everyday including bank holidays
from 9:30 am through 6:00 pm
from April 1st, 2020 until November 1st, 2020
Claude Monet Giverny Garden Photo by
- Skip-the-line Tickets can be bought online in advance to
- This advance tickets are not for sale for the same day.
- They are proposed for the 2020 season by ticketmaster at the
- Normal fare and seniors: 11.50 euros
- Children and students: 7.50 euros
- Disabled: 6.00 euros
- Children under 7: free of charge
Note: Admission tickets can also be purchased on
Private Guided Tours
- Duration :1 hour 15 to 1 hour 45
- Private tours are given in English, French or German
- Guided tours 2019 rates for 1 to 25 persons: 190
euros for your party or group + admission
- No queue
- By appointment only. Groups of 20 or more need also to
book their time slot with Fondation Monet (see below)
Note: There is no guided tour possible without
Reduced Admission for Groups (20 persons or more)
- Admission 2019 rates :
- Adults and seniors: 8.00 euros
- Disabled: 4.00 euros
- Children under 12 y.o.: 5.50 euros
- Students: 5.50 euros
- Group Admission by appointment only
- Write to : Fondation Claude Monet
Rue Claude Monet
27620 Giverny France
- or fax : +33 (0) 232 51 91 32
- or email: [email protected]
- Write to : Fondation Claude Monet
The Two Gardens
There are two parts in Monet’s garden: a flower garden called Clos
Normand in front of the house and a Japanese inspired water garden
on the other side of the road.
The two parts of Monet’s garden contrast and complement one
Claude Monet’s Home and Garden in
Giverny in Spring – Giverny
Photo by Ariane Cauderlier
The Clos Normand
When Monet and his family settled
in Giverny in 1883 the piece of land
sloping gently down from the house to the road was planted
with an orchard and enclosed by high stone walls.
A central alley bordered with pines separated it into two
parts. Monet had the pines cut down, keeping only the two yews
closest to the house to please Alice.
From this Clos Normand of about one hectare, Monet made a
garden full of perspectives, symmetries and colours.
The land is divided into flowerbeds where flower
clumps of different heights create volume. Fruit
trees or ornamental trees dominate the climbing roses, the long
-stemmed hollyhocks and the coloured banks of annuals. Monet
mixed the simplest flowers (daisies and poppies) with the most
The central alley is covered over by iron arches on which
climbing roses grow. Other rose trees cover the
balustrade along the house. At the end of the summer nasturtiums
invade the soil in the central alley.
Claude Monet did not like organized nor
constrained gardens. He married flowers according to their
colours and left them to grow rather freely.
With the passing years he developed a passion for botany,
exchanging plants with his friends Clemenceau and Caillebotte.
Always on the look-out for rare varieties, he bought young
plants at great expense. “All my money goes into my garden,” he
said. But also: “I am in raptures.”
Giverny Claude Monet’s Garden Main
Alley late summer – Photo Ariane Cauderlier
Claude Monet Water Lily Pond in
Giverny – Photo Ariane Cauderlier
The water garden
In 1893, ten years after his arrival at Giverny, Monet bought
the piece of land neighbouring his property on the other side of
the railway. It was crossed by a small brook, the Ru, which is a
diversion of the Epte, a tributary of the Seine River. With the
support of the prefecture, Monet had the first small pond dug ;
even though his peasant neighbours were opposed. They were
afraid that his strange plants would poison the water.
Later on the pond would be enlarged to its present
day size. The water garden is full of asymmetries and curves. It
is inspired by the Japanese gardens that Monet knew from the
prints he collected avidly.
In this water garden you will find the famous Japanese bridge
covered with wisterias, other smaller bridges, weeping willows,
a bamboo wood and above all the famous nympheas which bloom all
summer long. The pond and the surrounding vegetation form an
enclosure separated from the surrounding countryside.
Never before had a painter so shaped his subjects in
nature before painting them. And so he created his works twice.
Monet would find his inspiration in this water garden for more
than twenty years. After the Japanese bridge series, he would
devote himself to the giant decorations of the Orangerie.
Always looking for mist and transparencies, Monet would
dedicate himself less to flowers than to reflections in water, a
kind of inverted world transfigured by the liquid element.
Claude Monet Water Garden in Giverny,
Autumn Reflections – Photo Ariane Cauderlier
Spring Morning Mist under the japanese
bridge in Claude Monet’s Garden
Photo Ariane Cauderlier
The Japanese bridge
Monet had it built by a local craftsman. By the time the garden
was restored the bridge was too damaged to be saved. It had to
be rebuilt by a firm from Vernon. It is made of beech wood.
The wisterias have been planted by Monet.
500 000 visitors discover Monet’s gardens each year during the
seven months that it is open.
To prevent people from treading on the plants, and thus retain
the garden’s beauty, the inner alleys are closed to the public.
Visitors walk on the side alleys and can walk all around the
garden to admire all its perspectives.
To get to the water garden you go through an underground
passage (at the time of Monet it was necessary to
cross the railway and the road). You will step on the Japanese
bridge and explore all the hidden recesses of the water garden.
Taking pictures is permitted in the garden, but only from the
walkways. Picnics are forbidden. Dogs and other pets are not
Water Lilies in Claude Monet’s
Pond in Giverny – Photo Ariane Cauderlier
Claude Monet’s Giverny property in
Summer – Photo Ariane Cauderlier
Restoring Monet’s house and garden
After Claude Monet’s death in 1926, his son Michel inherited the
house and garden of Giverny. He did not live there and it was
Monet’s step-daughter Blanche who took care of the property.
Unfortunately after the Second World War the house and garden
were neglected. In 1966 Michel Monet made the Academie des
Beaux-Arts his heir.
In 1977 Gérald van der Kemp was appointed Curator at
Giverny. André Devillers, who had the opportunity to go with
Georges Truffaut – a distinguished gardener often invited to
Monet’s table – helped him reconstruct the garden as it was by
the time of the master. Many contemporaries of Monet testified
Almost ten years were necessary to restore the garden and the
house their former magnificence. Not much was left. The
greenhouse panes and the windows in the house were reduced to
shards after the bombings. Floors and ceiling beams had rotted
away, a staircase had collapsed. Three trees were
even growing in the big studio.
The pond had to be dug again. In the Clos normand soil was
removed to find the original ground level. Then the same flower
species as those discovered by Monet in his time were planted.
the USA ,the house was given a facelift. The ancient furniture and
the Japanese prints were restored. Then the visitor areas were
The property has been open to the public since September
Giverny Claude Monet’s Yellow Dinning
Room – Photo Ariane Cauderlier