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“Beautiful house in a peaceful setting” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chateau de Malmaison

Chateau de Malmaison
Avenue du chateau, 92 500 Rueil-Malmaison, France
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South Carolina
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“Beautiful house in a peaceful setting”
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 (Versailles and The Louve), but is was nice to just enjoy the history without huge crowds.

Visited July 2013
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“I don't think the staff want visitors”
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 French speaker and very persistent so we got in where others failed. Once in it was really amusing as they started closing the doors behind us after we went through each room. Well it did backfire on them because all that did was cause me to slow down.
Anyway, an hour is plenty of time to see the inside of this Chateau. The rooms that have been 'recreated' are nicely done overall and I look at it as a work in progress and will be interested to see it again at some point in the future - Perhaps later in 2014 after they have repaired Josephine's Bed (They are asking for donations for this!). The gardens are not really up to a very high standard at all, perhaps they should ask for donations for them too!
Full Price entry is 6.50 Euros, obviously not considered to be donation enough.

Visited June 2013
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“Nice piece of history”
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.

Visited June 2012
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“An absolute gem ... and no crowds.”
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 used in bed and her " toilette necessitare". You will also see an astonishing collection of furniture made by the prolific Jacob brothers. And you'll see all this without the crowds that flock to the more accessible and well know sites. Other reviewers have covered the Chateau very well so I won't repeat what they have said. I'll just add some information that you might find helpful.

Firstly, you can download an app before you go with practical information and an audio guide. Audio guides are available when you buy your ticket - only 6 euro - and there was no charge when we we visited today.

Secondly, getting there is not as difficult by public transport as it first seems, although there is a trick with the bus.

Take the Number 1 Metro line to La Defense. Follow the signs through to the RER and Buses and look for bus # 258. They leave every 5 minutes or so on week days. Some of the 258 buses terminate half way through the trip - St Genevieve I think. If this happens to you, wait for the next 258 and ask the driver if he goes to Chateau Malmaison. You won't have to wait long.
(Some reviewers have mentioned that for a bus that takes you straight through , look for a one that does not have a slash through the route number on the front of the bus.)

I would really urge visitors to go to Malmaison if they are interested in Napoleonic history. You really will feel close to the man and his great love Josephine.

Visited September 2012
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“A woman of great good taste”
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 created by a woman of great good taste. The furnishings and interior decor are beautiful late 18th Century work in the main.

We travelled to the Chateau by RER to La Defence-Grand Arch and by bus in the direction Reuil-Malmaison from there. Beware, the bus station at La Defence is not for the faint hearted and 2 stops are signposted Reuil-Malmaison. Once on the bus, the driver kindly advised us when we had reached the Chateau stop about 20 minutes later. The Chateau is an easy half kilometre walk from the bus stop.

The trip is well worth the effort. The Chateau is furnished in exquisite taste and an amazing amount of the original furniture and memorabilia have been reassembled there. One of David's romantic portraits of Buonaparte crossing the Alps on his way to invade Italy (on a magnificent charger.....he actually did it on a mule) is there as are many family portraits. A portrait bust of a youngish Napoleon enlivens a stairway.

Be aware that the Chateau shuts down from 12:30 to 1:30pm so the staff can enjoy their luncheon, so if you plan to be there at midday, bring a picnic.

Visited June 2012
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