Musée de la Vie Romantique

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someonePin on PinterestShare on StumbleUponShare on TumblrShare on Reddit

 

free museums paris museum of the romantic life george sand ary scheffer

Musée de la Vie Romantique

 

Entering through an unassuming green gate and following the narrow cobbled path you will find Musée de la Vie Romantique.

This enchanting hôtel particulier tucked away in the 9th arrondissement is an absolute delight.

museum of the romantic life paris Ary Scheffer george sand chopin

If you didn’t know it was here – you would simply pass by

And that would be a shame …

 

Following the narrow cobbled pathway that leads to the main courtyard you will discover a green shuttered, two storey home with pots of pretty flowers, a charming greenhouse and garden café where you can sit and take in the ambience.

Musée de la Vie Romantique, was originally home to the Dutch born artist Ary Scheffer.  It was here where he held his well known and anticipated Friday night salons.

 

He entertained prominent guests such as; George Sand and her partner Frederic Chopin. Others included; Franz Liszt, Gioacchino Rossini, Charles Dickens and Eugène Delacroix, to name but a few.

unusual free museums paris

 

The house was built in 1830 and after Ary Scheffer’s passing in 1858 it remained a private dwelling.  It wasn’t until 1982 that it became the Musée Renan-Scheffer.

 

In 1987 the building underwent extensive renovations and was renamed Musée de la Vie Romantique.  Now the museum is owned by the city of Paris and is one of three ‘literary’ museums.  The other two being; Maison de Balzac and the Maison de Victor Hugo.

 

This small, yet impressive museum is situated in the fashionable area known as La Nouvelle Athènes and offers a glimpse into a life of days gone by.

 

The first floor is dedicated to Lucile Aurore Dupin or better known as the trouser wearing, novelist, George Sand.

 

Here you will find a considerable collection of her effects.

Included in her beautiful jewellery collection is a large locket, holding a considerable amount of blonde hair.

Amongst other pieces on display is a plaster cast of her delicate hand and her boyfriend, Chopin’s small elegant hand, cast not long after his death.

My hands are long and slender but placing mine against theirs made my hand look large and awkward!

 

Other memorabilia includes George Sand’s watercolours, personal belongings, household items and family portraits.

 

Moving up to the second floor via a crooked, spiral staircase are paintings and sculptures, not only by the original owner, Ary Scheffer but also include works by; François Bouchot, Bartholdi, Dantan and more.

 

 

This enchanting museum is well worth a visit and can be combined with a visit to the extensive and neighbouring museum of Gustave Moreau.

My first encounter with Ary Scheffer, was at the Wallace Collection in London, where I was completely captivated by his painting – The Ghosts of Paolo and Francesca Appear to Dante and Virgil.  

I was surprised many years later to see it also at the Louvre.

However, I noticed something wasn’t quite right.  The painting in the Wallace Museum in London shows stab wounds, on both the lovers, this painting pictured here from the Louvre doesn’t.  Upon further investigation, I learned, he painted two versions of this, a year apart.

 

 

Whether you are interested in Ary Scheffer and George Sand, or not, this is still a museum, well worth a visit.   If only to discover a quaint cottage down a little cobbled pathway.

 

If you found this information helpful please thank me by leaving a comment or liking me on facebook – your feedback encourages me to keep my site updated. Merci and happy travels.

Paris Adèle’s Information Nécessaire:

Musée de la Vie Romantique – Official Website 
16 Rue Chaptal,
Paris 75009
 
Opening Hours: Tuesday- Sunday
10am – 6 pm
Closed Mondays
 
Free Admission to main museum
Fee for the Temporary Exhibitions 
Fee for audio guide
 
Obtain free ticket for entry into house/main museum via office on the left when you first enter the courtyard
here you can also obtain free brochure on museum and audio guide (for a fee) 
 
Closest Metro: Saint-Georges, Pigalle & Blanche
 
 

Places nearby:

The pretty and unusal square and metro station Saint-Georges is a 450 metre walk away: you can print this  MAP

  • Saint-Georges Métro
    Saint-Georges Métro
    Opposite the stunning l'hôtel de la marquise de Païva, with it's intricate façade, adorned with Gothic and Renaissance statues you will find the unique Saint-Georges métro entrance.

Read about my funny experience at Musee de la Vie Romantique below:

The 9th Arrondissement

  The 9th arrondissement is mostly, a pretty swanky part of Paris, at the base of Montmartre.  It encompases, the Palais Garnier, the Opera House, Boulevard Haussmann, Galleries La Fayette and some seriously good food shops. Feeling like a kid in a candy shop, walking across one side of the street to the other, peering …

 

 You might also like :

  • Belle Époque Brothels
    Belle Époque Brothels
    Lavish brothels dotted around Paris during the Belle Epoque were easily identifiable, some relics exist today, if you know what to look for.
  • Square de Montsouris
    Square de Montsouris
    A hidden jewel, begging to be discovered. Eclectic maisons wrapped in greenery, unseen by most tourists to Paris.
  • Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève
    Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève
    A remarkable and historic reading room with its spectacular ceiling, books lining the vast long walls and rows of green reading lamps.
  • Passage de l’Ancre
    Passage de l’Ancre
    Who would know a delightful, tranquil little piece of paradise could be hidden away behind an unassuming crooked doorway in the heart of Paris.
  • Rue Crémieux
    Rue Crémieux
    A tiny paved street, that oozes charm, lined with pretty colourful houses that will take your breath away, still one of Paris' best kept secrets.
  • Musée des Arts Forains
    Musée des Arts Forains
    Transport yourself back in time. Ride spectacular antique carousels, play ancient fair-ground games and admire colourful memorabilia.
  • Villa Olivier-Métra
    Villa Olivier-Métra
    Pretty cottages with colourful shutters line this serene leafy path with quaint personal touches added by residents who have a playful sense of humour.
  • St. Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute
    St. Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute
    Hidden away on a leafy hill is the oldest Russian Orthodox Theological Institute in Western Europe.
  • Restaurant Foyer de la Madeleine
    Restaurant Foyer de la Madeleine
    Lurking deep in the cellars of L’église Sainte-Marie-Madeleine is one of Paris' best kept secrets, Restaurant Foyer de la Madeleine.
  • An Angel in Paris
    An Angel in Paris
    Soaring high above, with it's delicate wings nestled under a fourth floor balcony and yet remarkably this rare Paris secret often goes unnoticed.
  • The Secret Passage
    The Secret Passage
    This lush and adorably sweet top secret passageway is a pure delight. Let me show you where to find it and how to gain entry. But sssh ... it's our secret.
  • Passage Boudin
    Passage Boudin
    Creeping vines, colourful flower boxes and an unusual semi-circular building that would be more at home in the Mediterranean is just some things you will find.
  • La Butte aux Cailles
    La Butte aux Cailles
    A secret hideway with cobbled streets, a sweet village square, interesting street art and friendly, affordable cafés, tucked away in the 13th arrondissement.
  • Rue de Mouzaïa
    Rue de Mouzaïa
    Off the beaten path, Rue de Mouzaia will make you feel blessed that you discovered this secret hideaway and it’s surrounds in the 19th arrondissement.
  • Rue des Thermopyle
    Rue des Thermopyle
    Apart from locals taking a short-cut, or Parisians on a quiet stroll, what you will find here is a wisteria filled, rustic cobbled pathway.
  • Square Saint-Gilles Grand Veneur
    Square Saint-Gilles Grand Veneur
    Hidden away behind the Hôtel du Grand Veneur in the Marais is a little known secret square with a surprising artistic connection.
  • Salvador Dali Sundial
    Salvador Dali Sundial
    Many people pass this hidden gem by Salvador Dali tucked away on the Left Bank of Paris unaware that they only need to look up.
Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someonePin on PinterestShare on StumbleUponShare on TumblrShare on Reddit

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.