Musée Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Musée Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Montmorency: Hours, Address, Musée Jean-Jacques Rousseau Reviews: 4.5/5

Musée Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Musée Jean-Jacques Rousseau
4.5
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
About
The House of Mont-Louis In April 1756, Jean-Jacques Rousseau fled from Paris « city of noise, smoke and mud », and settled in Montmorency, in a place called the « Hermitage ». In December 1757, the Citizen of Geneva moved to “Le Petit Mont-Louis”, where the Jean-Jacques Rousseau Museum is now set. There, he wrote his most important works: Julie, or the New Héloïse, Letter to d’Alembert on the Theater, Social Contract, Emile or On Education. The condemnation of Emile caused the philosopher to flee from Mont-Louis on june 9th, 1762. The garden and the “Turret” The Museum conjures up an evocation of the little Mont-Louis. In the garden, the “study out of greenery” and the “Turret”, have been rehabilitated. The collections Temporary exhibitions regarding Rousseau’s work, the 18th century and the history of Montmorency are regularly organized. Educational activities The Museum also offers an important display of educational activities for pupils in elementary forms, with work groups on various themes and guided visits of the place. Themed visits for secondary school and high school classes are organized as well.
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Jenny Z
Cambridge, UK25 contributions
Aug 2013 • Friends
Fascinating and moving museum in the restored house and garden once occupied by JJRousseau. Excellent commentaries describe the years he spent here writing some of his most important books in what was then a very simple cottage with a small garden writing room and then having to flee abroad when they were published. Wonderful views of Paris from this wooded hilly area. Good cafés in the town square. Quite difficult to get to by public transport (we drove) but well worth the effort especially if you want to explore the areas outside the city. We were the only visitors which added to the atmosphere. Inspiring to anyone interested in the revolution, philosophy, the enlightenment...there are also temporary exhibitions in another part of the house and a historic church.
Written October 9, 2013
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zvs1983
Youngstown, OH18 contributions
Oct 2018 • Solo
I recently visited this wonderful museum and preserved home during a trip to Paris. However, some of the information I had was bad (or at least incomplete) and I wanted to provide some helpful information for other English speakers who may be considering visiting.

This is not a "museum" with artifacts behind velvet ropes or glass cases - this is Rousseau's house with artifacts in situ. Consequently, you need a guide. When I got there, not knowing this, they were a bit surprised to find a non-French-speaking American on the property without a tour booked. Fortunately, they were able to produce someone who could talk to me and didn't have to send me away, but if you don't book your visit in advance (and if you don't speak a lot of French), you run that risk.

As a Rousseauphile this was one of the best things I did in France and I highly recommend it. In the days of Uber, it's easier to get to than ever. If you're in Paris, take the RER H to Enghien-les-Bains and then grab a car to 5 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau in Montmorency. The house is just up the little hill of Mont-Louis and once you get there, you will see his kitchen, bedroom, writing desk, study, personalized barometer, fireplace equipment, and more.
Written October 22, 2018
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  • Tue - Sat 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM


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