Fodor's Expert Review Musée de la Vie Romantique

Les Grands Boulevards Free

A visit to the charming Museum of Romantic Life (recently reopened after a yearlong renovation), dedicated to novelist George Sand (1804–76), will transport you to the countryside. Occupying a pretty 1830s mansion in a tree-lined courtyard, the small permanent collection features drawings by Delacroix and Ingres, among others, though Sand is the undisputed star. Displays include glass cases stuffed with her jewelry and even a mold of the hand of composer Frédéric Chopin—one of her many lovers. The museum, about a five-minute walk from the Musée National Gustave Moreau, is in a picturesque neighborhood once called New Athens, a reflection of the architectural tastes of the writers and artists who lived and worked in the area. There is usually an interesting temporary exhibit here, too. The garden café (open mid-March to mid-October) is a lovely spot for lunch or afternoon tea.


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16 rue Chaptal
Paris, Île-de-France  75009, France


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Free; €9 temporary exhibits, Closed Mon.

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