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Musee de la Vie Romantique

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Address: 16 rue Chaptal, 75009 Paris, France
Phone Number: +33 1 55 31 95 67
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Located in the Romantic district called "New Athens", this...

Located in the Romantic district called "New Athens", this town-house with its paved courtyard, central garden and two artists studios has kept its 19th century charm. Its first owner, the painter Ary Scheffer entertained the artistic intelligentsia of the time: Delacroix, Liszt, Rossini, Sand, Chopin, Tourgueniev, Dickens... The museum is a perfect setting for Scheffer and his contemporaries' paintings and George Sand's memorabilia (paintings,furniture, jewellery).

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Small and charming

Charming little museum with free entrance. Nothing spectacular but a haven of peace after having visited Montmartre, crowded with tourists. Friendly staff, probably partly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Gent, België

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Gent, België
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Charming little museum with free entrance. Nothing spectacular but a haven of peace after having visited Montmartre, crowded with tourists. Friendly staff, probably partly volunteers, and an interesting collection of 19th century art and design. Also worthwile: the beautiful tea garden. Really enjoyed it!

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Cute little museum and cafe downstairs😀. It's in a beautiful garden setting tucked away in a quiet street with information about the novelist George Sands

1 Thank karen m
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

This museum is at the foot of Montmartre and is well worth a visit. It is an 1830s house with various exhibits eg jewellery, also details on George Sands. It is a small museum but packed with lots of interesting information. It is free but there is a small cost for the audio which is worth getting. There is a... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Not the first place to visit in Paris, but certainly a sweet little place off the beaten path. Free entrance and a 3 euro donation for an audio guide. I suggest the audio guide as it gives great details in the house, the history and the people associated with the family - like writer George Sand and her many love... More 

2 Thank Sarah M
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

There is an awful lot about George Sand in this museum. There is also a cast of Chopin's hand which is of course exquisite. The house is beautiful and very atmospheric. The garden is an oasis of greenery in the middle of Paris, and has a restful cafe with shady outdoor seating.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Not everybody is aware that this museum and tea saloon exists ! If you want to enjoy it all by yourself, come at the opening at 10 am and just enjoy the silence of the garden with a simple coffee !

1 Thank Marcia D
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

It is one of the three literary museums in Paris. Located in original 1830 private house of a Dutch painter Ary Sheffer , who was ,at the time, famous not only as a painter but also as a generous and tiredness host of the musical snd literary salons . It beautifully represents it's time. There is a good collection of... More 

1 Thank Marshaici
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

This is a gem of a place. Free of charge but maybe worth it to get the nice audio guide which will help you understand the works and the life at the time a little more. The cafe is lovely on sunny days with good pastries and snacks. A break from the busyness of Paris in a beautiful neighborhood. Couple... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The home of painter Ary Schaffer, this small tucked-away museum was the gathering place of artists and intellectuals such as George Sand and Frederic Chopin. It is filled with all manner of memorabilia related to Sand, as well as paintings by Schaffer and several of his contemporaries. One of the more charming things is rather than rope off chairs, the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

English tour guide/phone works nicely here to learn about the "romantic" period. George Sand stories a surprise!

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The neighborhood around Opéra and Bourse is a belle époque paradise of grand boulevards, refined arcades, and mass-market art-nouveau entertainment. Here, modern day workers continue to take advantage of the legacy that nobility and finance left in the 19th century. Brightly-lit brasseries, theaters, and cinemas sit side by side with French bistros predominating in one area and Japanese restaurants in another. The area is most famous for the Palais Garnier opera house and glamorous department stores.
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