When Dutch artist Ary Scheffer built this small villa in 1830, the area teemed with composers, writers and artists. Novelist George Sand was a guest at Scheffer's soirées, along with great names such as Chopin and Liszt. The museum is devoted to Sand, plus Scheffer’s paintings and other mementoes of the Romantic era. Newly renovated in 2013, the museum’s tree-lined courtyard café and greenhouse are the perfect summer secret garden.
|Venue name:||Musée de la Vie Romantique|
16 rue Chaptal
|Opening hours:||10am-6pm Tue-Sun. Tearoom mid May-mid Oct 11.30am-5.30pm Tue-Sun|
|Price:||free. Exhibitions €9; €3.30 reductions; free under-14s|
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The museum is small, but its collection is interesting and it's free. If you are going into it without realising that 'la vie Romantique' is a reference to the romantic period of French literature (approx. 1800-1850) I can see how you might be disappointed--but, if you're interested in cool people like Delacroix, George Sand, Chopin, and the original owner of the house, Ary Scheffer, then you can have a good time. I'd say the museum takes anywhere between 30-40 minutes to reasonably view the permanent collection (unless you're particularly enthusiastic), and as quick as 10 if you were 'misled' by the sparkly name like Anjna. The café is lovely and quiet. It's worth a trip if you end up with time to spare between the obligatory Moulin Rouge stop and the rest of your agenda, but don't want to walk the family through the red light district for too long. I come here often as a local just to read and take a cafe.
The nice name tricked me into searching it out but this place was not interesting - it was a real let down I am sad to say