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Address: Rue Saint-Charles, 20000 Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Phone Number: 33 4 95 21 43 89
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A museum dedicated to the life of THE legendary little man, Napoleon...

A museum dedicated to the life of THE legendary little man, Napoleon Bonaparte.

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Big Man Little House

When I think of Napoleon and his family I think of big personalities and big impact, so it came as quite a surprise to see how small was the home he and so many of his family were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 8, 2015
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Providence, Rhode Island
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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

As Corsica is the birthplace of Napolean, this museum is a must see. It's not grand - it really is a house that has been converted but there is plenty to see and get a feel for his origins.

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

We arrived about 15 minutes before opening time and there was some confusion about where to queue. One section was for tour groups and the other for individual visitors. This is not helped by the fact that the house is situated in a narrow alleyway. Only a limited number of people are allowed in at a time as all bags/rucksacks... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

When I think of Napoleon and his family I think of big personalities and big impact, so it came as quite a surprise to see how small was the home he and so many of his family were raised in. It was probably considered large by his times, but I found it rather cramped and would not have wanted to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Our family enjoyed learning more about Napoleon and his family on this tour. If you have a day in Ajaccio, it is certainly worth checking out!

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Thank Kim_OK
Brisbane, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

This museum was less than I was expecting and hoping for. While it is in the house where Napoleon Bonaparte was born and there was an English audio to guide the tourist, it still left me flat as if there should have been more.

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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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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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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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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

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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