Musée de la Vie Romantique Overview:
A tribute to the dramatic emergence and tradition of 18th-19th century French Romanticism, and more specifically to the ideas and life of prolific writer, political thinker and libertine George Sand, the Musée de la Vie Romantique boasts a free permanent collection. The quaint museum is housed in a 19th century residence at the foot of Montmartre called the Hôtel Scheffer-Renan, and that once served as an artist's studio. Temporary exhibits are accessible for a moderate entry price and explore various aspects of Romanticism, and have recently focused on painting and romantic-style gardens.
Location and Contact Information:
The museum is located near hilly Montmartre in the 9th arrondissement (district) of Paris, not far from the bustling Opera and Madeleine shopping and business districts.
16 rue Chaptal
Metro: Blanche, St-Georges, Pigalle, or Liege
Tel : +33 (0)1 55 31 95 67
Opening Hours and Tickets:
Open: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm. Closed Mondays and French bank holidays.
Tickets: Admission to the permanent collections and displays is free of charge for all visitors. Entry prices vary for temporary exhibits: call ahead. Entry to temporary exhibitions is free for visitors under 14.
Sights and Attractions Nearby the Musée de la Vie Romantique:
- Montmartre Neighborhood
- Grands Boulevards Neighborhood
- Opera Garnier
- Galeries Lafayette Department Store and Printemps Department Store
Highlights of the Permanent Collection:
The permanent collection is divided across two floors. The ground floor houses memorabilia and personal artifacts belonging to Romantic writer George Sand: documents, portraits, photographs, furniture, jewelry and other objects dating to the 18th and 19th century. One recent acquisition is a watercolor landscape painted by Sand herself.
On the first floor, paintings from French Romantic artist Ary Scheffer (who worked at the residence) adorn the walls, along with other works from artists working during the same period (Ernest Renan among them).
The museum also includes a reconstituted workshop-salon meant to evoke the working conditions of Scheffer, Renan and others.