There are two very particular museums that you should totally not miss on visiting! One is the Museum Gustave Moreau dedicated to Symbolism in art, the second - Museum Monet-Marmottan, understandably exhibits Impressionist works.
Moreau was a major figure in French Symbolist painting whose main emphasis was the illustration of biblical and mythological figures. He is largely recognized for his works influenced by the Italian Renaissance and exoticism. During his lifetime, Moreau produced more than 8,000 paintings, watercolors and drawings, the majority of which are on display in the museum.
The tiny rooms on the first floor used to represent his apartment. You'd first enter through an airy reception area and proceed into narrow corridors and small, dimly lit rooms whose walls are literally covered in countless paintings of all sizes. Numerous works of art are crammed onto drawer doors. The second floor gives you access to the famous dining room which contains most of his notable creations as well as the Cabinet de Réception where the painter would receive his most distinguished guests.
It's not just the sheer amount of works displayed that's so fascinating. The rooms themselves are fabulously quaint and awe-inspiring with impressive wooden furniture and chandeliers fitted into the ceilings before the invention of electricity. Further up one reaches his workshop which is accessible by the house's infamous winding staircase. The rooms house enormous oil paintings along with sketches of figures.
The Museum Marmottan Monet's adjacent to Bois de Bologne to the west of the Eiffel Tower. It features a collection of over 300 Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works by Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Alfred Sisley, Camille Pissarro, Paul Gauguin, Paul Signac and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. In addition, it houses the Wildenstein Collection of illuminated manuscripts and the Jules and Paul Marmottan collection of Napoleonic era art and furniture.
This collection of works by Monet is the largest of his in the world. Multiple paintings depicting the famous Nymphéas can be found here along with Promenade près d'Argenteuil and the infamous Impression, Soleil levant. The latter was shown at what would later be known as the Exhibition of the Impressionists in 1874. The painting's attributed to giving rise to the name of the Impressionist movement. It depicts the port of Le Havre, Monet's hometown, and is his most famous painting of the harbor.
Apart from being the inspiration behind the name of an entire artistic movement, Impression, Sunrise has been made part of another historical event a century later. In 1985 five masked gunmen entered the museum and stole nine paintings from the collection. Among them were Impression, Sunrise along with 5 other Monet paintings - Camille Monet and Cousin on the Beach at Trouville, Portrait of Jean Monet, Portrait of Poly, Fisherman of Belle-Isle and Field of Tulips in Holland - Bather Sitting on a Rock and Portrait of Monet by Renoir, Young Woman at the Ball by Berthe Morisot, and Portrait of Monet by Seiichi Naruse. Thankfully, they were found 5 years after the theft.