Château de Malmaison

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Château de Malmaison
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Deluxpinion
New York City, NY228 contributions
Miraculously preserved
Jan 2020 • Couples
The chateau is actually more like a mansion, it’s impressive and looks chateau-like but it’s small and intimate in the inside.
The colors have been brought back to the originals in a recent restauration and it looks great. I went specifically to view how it looks now after not having visited in many years but also they were having an exhibit on Contemporary American artist Kehinde Wiley in conversation with the famous Jacques Louis David that recorded all the major events of the Napoleonic monarchy in heroic sized canvases. The viewing if Kehinde’s take on Napoleon crossing the Alps in front of the David Masterpiece made the visit worth it, there was also a most interesting video featuring the artist explaining his atttaction for heroic historical painting.
The rooms are still bearing witness to the unique elegance and gracefulness that made empress Josephine the taste maker for her time. Relaxed beauty is the best way to describe it and the simplicity of the furniture, the great fabric treatments, the details in the refined ormolu fittings all recalling the style of the ancients and particularly the influence of Napoleon’s Egyptian campaign on the decorative arts. It is a must see for designers or any one interested in good classical decor; but also for those interested in the First Empire. Some of the best paintings you’ve seen in book illustrations are here, and the rooms are packed with personal items from Napoleon and Josephine as well as Prince Eugene.
Written January 11, 2020
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Joseph W
5 contributions
A Very Nice Day
May 2019
Josephine bought and furnished Malmaison for Napoleon. It was a country house where he could relax and it is easy to see how that was accomplished. The house and grounds are delightful and worth a visit whether or not you have an interest in Napoleon. Additionally, there are numerous original historical artifacts, furniture, and art work from the period. A wonderful place to spend a day outside of central Paris.
Written January 7, 2020
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Alfonso C
Paris, France295 contributions
Small & pretty chateau, not too many tourists
Jan 2020
Don't expect the splendor of Versailles... This small castle is a good place to go if you're interested about history, interested about Napoleon & Josephine, and interested about how an ex-empress could live her last days in a "not-so-sumptous" palace.
West suburbs of Paris are just magnificent. Versailles and St Germain en Laye are very close, but Malmaison keeps the "down to Earth" charm of the residences of the former emperors. Parking is free, and there is a very small gift shop as well.
Written January 7, 2020
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Dorothy L
Asheville, NC108 contributions
Not touristy
Nov 2019 • Couples
The home of Josephine Bonaparte outside of Paris. A small lovely spot filled with antiques. There were no crowds. Beautiful gardens. Three floors are now open.
Be aware that they close for a 1 hour lunch.
Very accessible from Paris center. I would love to see it when the roses are in full bloom.
Written November 29, 2019
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Anil
Slough, UK11 contributions
The next best thing to visiting Versailles
Oct 2019 • Family
A great little Château on the outskirts of Paris with plenty of history to it, initially being bought by Joséphine for herself and her husband Napoleon in 1799.

The interior is very impressively decorated, with lavish gold covering the walls, ceiling and furniture. There is a lot of background history to read as you venture through the rooms. There is an impressive display of Napoleon’s weaponry, clothing and other materials behind glass cabinets.

Also there is a lot of literature to read, however some of this can be skimmed over to avoid spending too long in one area.

The outside gardens are picturesque with exotic plant species and finely trimmed hedges and trees lining the path to the Château.

Admission is free on Sunday so would highly recommend visiting on this day.
Written October 9, 2019
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Michelle Joseph
Croissy-sur-Seine, France1,630 contributions
Small people
Sep 2019 • Family
It’s funny looking at the beds of Josephine. She was a really small woman. We all Napoleon was too but the reality is cute. The beds looked they could have been for toddlers. The grounds are beautiful with all the flowers and trees. Worth the visit inside and out.
Written September 18, 2019
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janpal
New York City, NY492 contributions
a short trip from Paris and a world away.
Jul 2019 • Couples
This is a wonderful day trip from Paris and easy to get to on public transit. Take #1 metro to Le Defense (the end of the line) once there catch the 258 bus. It's a large station with info booths so ask.. The bus line is pretty clearly marked. We took it to the Le Chateau stop which is the first one of the seemingly 3 stops for this place. I only mention this because several guide books we consulted had the wrong stop listed. Luckily we asked the bus driver. Once there it's a short walk to the Chateau down a lovely tree lined street. We did not see a cafe there so you might want to pack a lunch. It was quite hot 🔥🔥🔥the day we went but this place is somewhat air conditioned not by Americans standards but reasonably cool meaning not sweating. Get the audio it is very good and comes with the price of admission. The house is beautifully restored. It is not Versailles but there are no crowds and the rooms with their history are simply wonderful.
Written July 26, 2019
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John K
Lebanon, PA368 contributions
House That For A Great Place to Live!
Jul 2019 • Couples
Okay, okay, stupid pun. Anyway, this is a fantastic visit for a well-known emperor. Napoleon spent his final days here. Josephine, his wife, purchased this place 1799, and eventually divorced Napoleon and kept the house (geez, even back then!). There's so much history here that you can't help but be swept away with it. There's so much to see: Josephine's music room and library, as well as her chambers and salon. In addition, you can visit Napoleon's bedroom and his unbelievable study with its original furnishings. Of course, you can also admire the courtyards before or after visiting the house itself. If you're into history, and especially Napoleon, this is a must see.
Written July 25, 2019
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Pegah A
3 contributions
good
Jul 2019 • Family
good, i went 3 times, ut was good, and the garden is beautiful, the ticket is not expensive at all and for the history that you can see and discover I think it really worths it. any way also Napoleon's furniture are amazing.
Written July 2, 2019
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spikoulos .
Brooklyn, NY107 contributions
Spending time with Napoleon and Josephine
Jun 2019 • Friends
When people hear the word "chateau" they tend to think of some tremendous, lavish, monstrosity of a place. Not so here. It is a home in the truest sense and, from what I know of its residents, it is a good reflection of their personalities. It is a welcoming place with lovely gardens. Unlike Versailles there are no crowds and that adds to its specialness. Furthermore, there is quite a nice collection of period furniture, furnishings and art including a painting of a very forelorn Napoleon on the shores of the island of his last exile and the caption says, in English, "It's finished". I highly recommend a visit.
Written June 28, 2019
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