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Chateau de Malmaison

Avenue du chateau, 92 500 Rueil-Malmaison, France
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Castles
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

We visited chateau malmaison on a young friend's recommendation and spent a wonderful afternoon there - the website details well how to get there and we ensured that we arrived soon after the chateau reopened for the afternoon. The audio guide is worth getting and we couldn't believe how lucky we were to have virtually the whole chateau to ourselves...... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

I visited Malmaison on a very cold but sunny December day. The Chateu is amazing & weaves a lovely but slightly sad story abut the life of Josephine and Napoleon. This chateau is much more conservative than many other over the top places in France & shows Josephine's amazing taste in decor as well as her passion for gardening. I... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

This chateau is a delightful escape from the busier sights around Paris. It's a fascinating insight into the lives of Josephine and Napoleon, particularly Napoleon's study. You could just imagine him there, planning his campaigns! It's really like a charming (large!) country house, with lots of light, set in lovely informal gardens. Its very easy to get here, you take... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

How did Josephine and Napoleon live together? What became of Josephine after the divorce? Should we feel sorry for her? Chateau Malmaison, just out of Paris, has the answers. Of all the rooms, we loved the Frise (frieze) room, sunny, beautiful and charming. Tucked away in another corner are some of her shoes, elegant tan pumps. Further on, you find... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

A nice drive about 45 minutes outside of Paris brought us to Josephine Bonaparte's Chateau de Malmaison. It wasn't crowded and it was a nice quiet afternoon so we were able to take our time at a relaxing pace. The grounds are lovely--not spectacular by any means--like Versailles or Fountainbleu, but the little gardens are sweet. Upon entering, we were... More

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South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

We toured this house with a guide and it was interesting. The house itself is in a beautiful old neighborhood. The rooms were beautiful and Napoleon's study was especially interesting. There wasn't a great deal of original furniture, but it was still beautiful. The garden was really lovely. It is a big change from some of the more glitzy attractions... More

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

Okay, so here are the facts: Museum closes: 17:45 Last entry: 45 minutes prior to closing So turning up at 16:50 shouldn't be a problem... right? ... RIGHT Well the Blond lady at the gate tried really hard not to let us in, and the guy on the cash register was not much better. Fortunately my partner is a fluent... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Visited the Chateau on a tour. A bit out of the way, but really nice slice of French history - Josephine lived out her days at this mansion.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

Whether this is your first time in Paris or a return visit, consider giving an afternoon or a morning to a visit the Chateau de Malmaison - you won't be disappointed. Like other house museums in Paris, Malmaison lets you get close to the people who lived there. You will see exquisitely crafted personal items such the writing desk Josephine... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

One of the most enjoyable excursions from Central Paris is a visit to the Chateau de Malmaison. This is the home that Josephine Buonaparte created for her husband to come home to between campaigns. As others have noted this is no Versailles or Chambord, it is smaller and much more intimate than either of these. It is a family home... More

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