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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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The cutest hidden green oasis!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Eva J
Copenhagen, Denmark

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank Walkfant
Gent, België
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
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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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 via mobile

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 6 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 

1 Thank Elizabeth C
Prague, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015 via mobile

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 

3 Thank Sarah M
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015 via mobile

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 !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile

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 

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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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