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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
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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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Hidden gem in Nouvelle Athenes area. Through a small, rose filled courtyard you enter 1830s Paris. Focus on the George Sand/Chopin era. Very well curated small, domestic museum of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Hidden gem in Nouvelle Athenes area. Through a small, rose filled courtyard you enter 1830s Paris. Focus on the George Sand/Chopin era. Very well curated small, domestic museum of a little known part of Paris history. Less dramatic than the revolutionary or 1st Empire periods but well worth a visit. Exceptional tea room in the courtyard. Wonderful on a sunny... More 

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Eureka, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a surprise to find a home open to visitors. Georges Sand and others are featured here in a setting similar to when the home was inhabited. A great way to get a sense of the past and how culture, art and life blended.

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Linthicum, MD
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

We had gone to the nearby Gustave Moreau Museum, only to find it closed for a week between exhibits. This museum became our "Plan B." Sadly, we were apparently not alone in this decision. The disappointed fans of Gustave Moreau alone would have crowded this tiny museum, and the addition of a group of schoolchildren overwhelmed it completely. We could... More 

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Ellettsville, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

Our Paris Pass listed this as a free entry museum with the pass, but I believe it is free entry without the pass as well. We were staying in the 9th Arr, and it was an easy walk to the museum. This shouldn't replace some of the higher profile museums, but it was interesting to learn more about George Sands... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2016

The Musée de la Vie Romantique is located in the house of the painter Ary Scheffer, built in 1830. Situated in Pigalle, in La Nouvelle Athènes, the museum recreates a harmonious historical setting evoking the romantic period. The ground floor is devoted to George Sand: portraits, furniture, and jewellery from the 18th and 19th centuries. On the first floor, Ary... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016 via mobile

Visited a number of small museums during a recent trip to Paris. This was our least favorite. The permanent collection had a lot of artifacts concerning George Sands. Ok, but not enough other things to hold our interest. Building and grounds not very special as well.

Thank HutchTX
Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2016

I've been in Paris several times in the spring/summer/fall over the last few years - and I keep coming back to this little hidden spot. I just find the little greenhouse/café and the garden adorable and I like to just sit there and feel the atmosphere, smell the roses and have a cup of something. I guess the museum itself... More 

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

This little house is a very nice place to go, not far from pigalle you feel like if you were in the countryside in the 19th century. Temporary exhibition "les visages de l'effroi" is really interesting.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

The museum was very small and all the information was in French only. It was not possible to get an impression of the life artists led in the 1850s. You should have a lot of spare time if you choose to visit, or love Geroge Sand, or be more fluent in reading French than we are. I guess the garden... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

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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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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