Maison Bonaparte

Maison Bonaparte, Ajaccio: Hours, Address, Maison Bonaparte Reviews: 4/5

Maison Bonaparte
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10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, 1:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
1:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
1:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
1:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
1:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
1:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
1:15 PM - 4:30 PM

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MeredithAussie
Melbourne, Australia1,932 contributions
Jul 2020
The sense of hagiography surrounding the whole Bonaparte family, but especially Napoléon, was very strong in this museum.
My favourite part of this experience was seeing the careful restoration of wallpaper and wall painting (and ceiling painting). Wow – the detail was amazing.
Captions are all written in French, so could be difficult for non-French speakers to get the most out of it.
The lady in the souvenir shop at the end of the tour is a bit grumpy! I was not allowed to take my backpack inside and had to cloak it next door for 2 euros.
Written August 6, 2020
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Albywon
Sydney, Australia11,584 contributions
Apr 2013 • Couples
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 Bonaparte family owned it and this information adds a great deal to the interest - this is not just about Napoleons Birthplace. Highly recommended to do if you come to this lovely city.
Written April 4, 2013
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Lucy Clayton-Payne
Cambridge, UK49 contributions
Oct 2012 • Couples
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.
Written October 10, 2012
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Ronald M
Liverpool, UK150 contributions
Apr 2014 • Couples
This museum tells you much more than you ever wanted to know about every last minor member of the Bonaparte family as well as the famous N. B.

It is quite fascinating and reasonably priced for what you get.
Written May 3, 2014
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brazier123
Malaga53 contributions
Nov 2013
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 information was offered in English. On route we asked an attendant, there is no information in English? She said no. On leaving the musuem we noticed that there was audio equipment for the information to be in English. We were not impressed. A shame because clearly it was a wonderful building containing some very interesting artefacts and
letters etc. A very disappointing and lazy response from the staff that spoilt the experience entirely
Written November 30, 2013
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Brucestewart
Livingston, UK8,753 contributions
Sep 2012 • Couples
We were in Ajaccio for one day on a Monday, the day of the week that this museum is shut. This was a great disappointment for me personally as I am a student of early 19th Century French military history, in particular the Napoleonic Wars, and I would have loved to have visited where Napoleon was born. I've been to Les Invalides in Paris several times where his remains were finally laid to rest. Not sure if I will ever visit Ajaccio again but if I do I hope that the museum will be open.
Written September 11, 2012
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Ann-Mari R
Oslo, Norway14 contributions
Jul 2011 • Couples
Positive:
- Very good audioguide included in the entrance fee
- A lot of information about the Bonaparte family and their connection to Corsica

Negative
- Napoleon Bonaparte left the house at the age of nine and his connection to the house, apart from being born there, seems rather peripheral.
- Not much of the original decorations and furniture from Napoleons time remains
Written July 21, 2011
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roaming_kiwi58
Christchurch, New Zealand2,707 contributions
Sep 2019
We were with a tour group when we visited here. They search your bags before letting you in. We were a group of 27, so it was a bit crowded for us. There is no signage in English, but we had an English speaking guide to explain everything.
Napoleon was born here, but he did not spend any of his adult life here. A lot of the contents of the house actually have no connection to Napoleon himself.
To be honest we did not find it that interesting, and we would have been happy for the tour to have been a bit shorter!
Nevertheless, if you are visiting Ajaccio you probably should visit Maison Bonaparte, given the strong family connection to this town. On our previous (and first) visit to Ajaccio we just looked at the outside and did not go in. We only went in this time because it was included in our tour of Ajaccio. We are not big on museums.
Written October 9, 2019
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Erlend A
Sunningdale, UK88 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
My family (wife and 2 daughters) decided to visit Ajaccio and see the birthplace of Napoleon. We went just after the lunchtime opening on a Friday and the queue was very short. My daughters are in their early 20s and they were let in free although we had to pay for their audio guide (€2 for each of them) which you must get if you are not a French linguist. The tour lasted about an hour and there was lots of information on the house and many of the artefacts. The audio itself was good but these days it was a bit old school. It could be done in a much more entertaining way than simply a historical voice over. Can also recommend the Naporama museum about 3 minutes walk away and an entertaining way to showcase Napoleon’s famous battles using Playmobil.
Written July 13, 2019
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Petaluma94952
Petaluma, CA17 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
We were in Ajaccio for one day. The main historic site is the Maison Bonaparte, so we set out on foot for a visit. We were amazed how difficult it was to find, very little signage, and most of the proprietors nearby have no idea where it is! We finally located it down a small alley with a very small sign. We waited in line for 45 minutes with perhaps 100 other visitors. When we finally entered the museum, we paid the fee and were never offered audio headphones in English. Now I don't ever expect to go to another country and communicate in my own language. But it was quite a surprise to go through Napoleon's house, supposedly one of the most important museums in France, with most of the visitors being foreigners, and not see a single exhibit with information in English. Correction: We did see two signs that said "Do Not Touch". Nothing in the brochure we were handed upon entering the museum corresponded with the exhibits. We heard NUMEROUS comments from visitors regarding the lack of information in any other language. What we did figure out was that while this was a house with three floors, the Bonaparte family actually only lived in four of the rooms...although we were never able to figure out exactly which four. If you are unable to speak French, I'd suggest you stay away from this museum. Or at least inquire as to whether headphones are available. It's hard to tell if the exclusive French was by design, or simply a rather amateurish oversight. When we returned to our ship that evening, we had dinner with a large table of Australians and Brits who all said if they had known there would be no English, they NEVER would have wasted the time to visit the Maison Bonaparte. The death masks were interesting, so we'll give it two stars. Otherwise, not very well presented for the foreign visitor.
Written October 14, 2017
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  • Tue - Sun 1:15 PM - 4:30 PM
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