Musée Fournaise

Musée Fournaise, Chatou: Address, Phone Number, Musée Fournaise Reviews: 4/5

Musée Fournaise
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The charms of this well-known open-air café located on the bank of the Seine has attracted Renoir. He painted the famous Luncheon of the Boating Party from the house's balcony towards the end of the summer in 1880.The Fournaise Museum now holds a collection of paintings and archives on the history of the House of Fournaise and the golden age of the banks of the Seine. It proposes alternating temporary exhibitions offering the opportunitu to discover an artist or a specific theme such as Fauvism, Le Sidaner, Ziem, Children seen by the painters in the 19th century, ...
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Gabriel W
Minneapolis, MN167 contributions
A genuine surprise
Jun 2018
Aside from an awareness that Renoir painted here this small museum is very capably Directed so that small, itinerant exhibitions can be hung in the building. The exhibition we saw on Children in paintings in the 19th century had a number of superb loans including works by Geo ( Jules Geoffroy), Bail and Jules Alexis Muenier. Amazing that these loans could be obtained. One issue: the exhibition desperately needs a catalogue to commemorate the event.
Written June 10, 2018
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MZTParis
Paris298 contributions
A small treasure
Jul 2017 • Friends
This museum is on one of the islands on the River Seine.

The island is the Impressionist Island - Ile des Impressionnistes - and the island is about 14 kms (9 miles) west from Paris.

The nearest town to this island is Chatou, and if you are without your own transport, the nearest train station is Chatou-Croissy.

From the station there is a walk of about 15 minutes to the island, and it is a pleasant walk as it as all along the river on a footpath. The river will be to your right and a road which can be quite busy to your left.

There are buses that run from the station to other towns and which pass the island, but these are few and far between.

When you exit the Chatou-Croissy station look for the board that says 'Piscine' (swimming pool) to your right and walk that way. Pass the swimming pool building and cross the road and descend down to the footpath. Another board would have directed you to the island.

The island is small and has no homesteads, only the Fournaise Museum building, part of it a very expensive restaurant, and then another restaurant building. Note that the restaurants are expensive, and the service is not up to scratch: nobody seems to rush.

The museum is open from May to end of October and each season it hosts a different art exhibition.

This year (2017) it is the paintings of the late Russian-born Leon Zeytline (1885-1962) on display. Having fallen in love with Paris, he settled in Paris, and then later moved to the town of Mulhouse where he died aged 77.

This exhibition is titled 'Bons Baiser de Paris' - With Love from Paris - and as the name tells you all the paintings on display are of Paris. They are all beautiful: you will be lingering in front of each for ages!

The museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, but on all the other days, open from 10 a.m. to 12.30 pm and then reopens at 2 p.m. to 6.p.m.

The entry fee for an adult is € 6 ($ 7.15 / £ 5.50).

There is a small souvenir shop and the toilets are clean.

Note that you are not allowed to take photographs in the museum. The reason is that the paintings are not the property of the museum, and just on loan. It is like this in all French museums.

As charming as this island is, it will be useless to visit it when the museum is closed because there is nothing else there to see. When the museum is closed, people do go to the island, but they are local folk who go to have a meal - lunch or dinner - in one of the restaurants. The two restaurants are also popular with the locals for wedding and anniversary celebrations.

At the end of your visit to the museum, you would have to walk the walk back to the station.

I do recommend that either on your way to the island or on your way back to the station you make a quick visit to that part of Chatou which borders the island.

The church - Notre Dame de Chatou - is worth popping into. You will be able to admire a very unusual sculpture. It is of Pope John Paul 2 by the Polish artist Bronislaw Krystoi.

By the way, the footpath you will be taking to the island from the station, is bordered by all sorts of berry trees. And you can pick the berries: well not buckets-full of them, but just a couple or so, to munch on your walk to the island. No fertiliser having been used, the berries are all deliciously sweet.
Written August 6, 2017
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Thank you for your full description of your visit. We are delighted to see that you had a pleasant time in Chatou ! We hope to see you again ! Best regards,
Written September 12, 2017
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David J
Jersey, UK267 contributions
Well worth a visit
Jul 2017 • Couples
We had dined at the Maison Fourneaise the previous evening , picked up the pamphlet advertising the Musee , and duly arrived at 1145 asking where the entrance was .

We were met by a waiter qui dire " il n'existe pas " . Mystified, we retreated outside , compared the photo on the pamphlet , and were convinced that we were in the right spot . We went in again , showed their pamphlet to another waiter qui dites " il est aux droit , puis aux droit . "

it's a really a bit sad when the staff don't know where their bit of history is , when it's on the same site . Having said that , the visit is very worthwhile , and gives a real insight into leisure in 1880's Paris . Do it if you can ...
Written July 6, 2017
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Dear guest, Thank you very much for your comment. Even if we try to inform the staff of the restaurants (some of them often come to visit the exhibitions), unfortunatly sometimes in summer there are new waiters who does not know much about the place... We also think about how to improve the indications close to the restaurants, to make the museum entrance easier to find. Best regards,
Written September 12, 2017
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Happy Traveller
Sydney, Australia5,148 contributions
Amazing
Oct 2015 • Couples
Taken here by a guide. Could never have found this alone. Amazing to think of the famous artists that spent time here. Wonderful day
Written October 16, 2015
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shopper782
Richmond, VA18 contributions
Fascinating visit
Sep 2015 • Friends
I consider my self well educated in art history, yet today, thanks to this gem of a small museum, I learned of several artists of whom I had never heard. What a delight! This engaging place is small but very interesting. On display is a bateau like those that made this such a popular destination for boaters in the late eighteenth century. The staff person on Sunday September 27, 2015 went way beyond the call of duty to extend welcome and help to two American visitors with very little French. Spent time calling a taxi for us and even offered to run the English version of the very fine explanatory film. I only wish that I had her name so that I could thank her personally.
Written September 27, 2015
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Yo Giacomo
Dana Point, CA2,769 contributions
Enjoyed it.
Aug 2015 • Couples
If you are a fan, this is worth a visit. It's interested and if I could have read the French I would have rated it higher. Reasonable priced and run by nice people.
Written August 29, 2015
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