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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 #10 of 15 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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Salisbury
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW 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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Malaga
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16 helpful votes 16 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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manchester
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50 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
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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31 helpful votes 31 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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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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78 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 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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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

I really enjoyed our visit here. The entry fee of 6 Euro includes an audio guide so is great value for money. You really do need the audio guide if you cannot read French as all of the exhibits have signs and notes only in that language. Is is nice seeing how the house changed over the different times the... More

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ks
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

The tour, accompanied by audio explanations is very interesting, perhaps providing more details than the average tourist can take in at one go. The rooms themselves are fascinating to walk through. For people who appreciate gem/stone inlaid tables and chests, there are several excellent examples.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

A good way to kill an hour, especially if the weather's not great. There are one or two particularly interesting rooms, especially the ballroom. It's just a little disappointing to find out how little time he actually spent there! The audio guide system is very good.

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Bergen, Norge
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

This is a must when visiting Corsica. You get audio guides included in the ticket, and the tour was excellent. Most focus was out on the history of the house, not on Napoleons war victories. I would recommend knowing something about The House of Napoleon before attending this exhibit to get the most out of your visit.

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