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National Museum of the Bonaparte Residence

Rue Saint-Charles, 20000 Ajaccio, Corsica, France
33 4 95 21 43 89
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Ranked #14 of 16 Attractions in Ajaccio
Type: History Museums, Historic Sites
Description: A museum dedicated to the life of THE legendary little man, Napoleon Bonaparte.
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67 reviews 67 reviews
14 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

It is in France so prominence is given to the French language. However, there are a lot of foreign visitors who struggle with the exhibits' descriptions.

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Adelaide, Australia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

As the most famous Corsican to have ever lived, and a giant in world history, it is important to visit the place where Napoleon was born and raised. The house has been refurbished since Napoleon's days, but has been carefully decorated to best present the house as it would have been and to show off as many original belongings as... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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59 reviews 59 reviews
23 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Very interesting. As an American, I was taught mostly the military side of the Napoleon story, not the childhood and formative years, and the political advances that he put in place (while leading a military dictatorship, no less.) the house is definitely grand by Corsican standards and nicely decorated. I appreciated the English listening device that was given for non-francophone... More

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Vancouver, BC
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This is it... The house, the neighbourhood that little Napoleon Bonaparte was raised in. From here it was off to Artillery School, where his command of Mathematics and Battlefield Audacity made him a Brigadier General at the age of 24.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 via mobile

I think we met the same lady on reception as a previous reviewer. I swear she was speaking to us in Corsican - French would have been better; I can get the gist of that; it made for an awkward few moments of mutual misunderstanding..... I'm a history lover (have read Stendhal on Napoleon etc) and regularly attend museums in... More

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013 via mobile

We were looking forward to visiting very much. We arrived at 12.30am, 30 minutes before it was due to close for lunchtime. We said no problem, but the lady on the desk was most put out. She then made a fuss about changing a 50 euro note, we felt she had cashed up and we were just a nuisance. No... More

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51 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

You would have to be an extremely cold fish not to feel the atmosphere of the whole area never mind the building, as soon as you enter the building you can feel yourself being transported back in time. This building has everything and more, if you love history then this is the place for you, take your time and stroll... More

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Tyreso, Sweden
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17 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Trying to fit in the history of Corsica and Ajaccio plus the history of the Bonapartes plus the house's furniture and architecture plus how they rediscovered the patterns on the walls is a bit much. As it is, they both repeat themselves and omit other important bits. Disappointing.

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Shenstone, Staffordshire
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91 reviews 91 reviews
10 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

The house looks tiny from the outside but is quite large inside and was most interesting, with many original features and artefacts. The Corsicans are clearly very proud of their hero Napoleon. You get an individual self guide in your own language.

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Burlington, Vermont, United States
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188 reviews 188 reviews
81 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

If you are a Napoleon fan, you will appreciate being in what is reputed to be the room of his birth. For the most part this museum is great to show the life style of his descendants. He lived there briefly and then seemed to have taken no interest in it. The collection is very complete for the early 19th... More

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