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*'''Monet's House''' (''Fondation Claude Monet'') [http://www.fondation-monet.com/], 84 rue Claude Monet, tel 02 32 51 28 21, open April-October Tu-Su 10 am - 6 pm, admission €5.50 (€1.50 house; €4 gardens), €3 students and seniors, under-7s free, wheelchair access available - the house is quietly eccentric and highly interesting in an Orient-influenced style, and includes Monet's collection of [http://www.intermonet.com/japan/ Japanese prints]. There are no original Monet paintings on the site - the real drawcard, is the gardens around the house - the [http://giverny-impression.com/category/water-garden/ water garden] with the Japanese bridge, [http://giverny-impression.com/tag/weeping-willow/ weeping willows] and [http://giverny-impression.com/tag/water-lily/ waterlilies] is now somewhat iconic. Monet's house has the obligatory gift-store attached, designed to help you part with your money in exchange for all manner of things Impressionist.
*the '''Musée des Impressionnismes Giverny''' [http://giverny.org/museums/impressionism/], 99 rue Claude Monet, tel 02 32 51 94 65, open April May - November October Tu-Su (Th-Su in November) 10 am - 6 pm, admission €5.50, €4 students and seniors, €3 12-18s, under 12s free, wheelchair access available - this museum will open on May 1st, 2009 and will replace the Musée d'Art AmériacainAméricain. It will propose temporary exhibitions.
*The '''Natural Mechanical Museum''' [http://www.giverny.fr/], 2 rue Blanche Hoschedé-Monet, Phone: 02 32 21 26 33. 27620 Giverny. Association under 1901 law, founded by the '''Guillemard''' brothers: Jean-pierre, René and Gérard currently run restorations and exhibitions with the help of an enthusiasts team who devoted their time and known-how to the Patrimony preservation. The museum origin is a private collection of steam internal combustion engines; founded in 1955 by the '''Guillemard''' family a GIVERNY resident's since generations. Former threshing entrepreneur and blacksmith ADOLPHE Guillemard has transmitted to his children his know-how and passion for the vintage mechanies. Along years, purchasing, donations of engines pile-up awaiting for the needed parts or just a time to restore. Since 1982 the number of collected items inereased due to closing of workshops, factories or mills. The preservation of these engines was a rescue task, numbers of testimonials items already gone. In 1990 the collection find home in the actual local where the engines are in permanent show, installation of the '''Carels 1908''' diesel engine weighting 28 tons keep the team busy for months on overhauling and restoration; it becomes in 2003 the world bigger old running diesel engine.
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