Secret Paris: The Hidden Museum of Romanticism

Musee de la vie romantique front view

Tucked away at the foot of Montmartre hill, unbeknownst to many tourists, is La Musée de la vie Romantique. The museum, housing an impressive collection of nineteenth-century objets d’art, can be found at the end of a tree-lined alley in the romantic neighbourhood of “New Athens”.

Upon approaching the green-shuttered building, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were stepping onto private property. The museum has retained all of its original charm as a home to philosophical and literary thought.

For 30 long years, this was a residence for intense artistic, political and literary activity. Built in 1830, the ‘Museum of Romantic Life’ is a typical building from the Restoration period, and therefore a fantastic piece of Parisian history to explore.

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The modern-day interiors are still fabulously in-keeping with its nineteenth-century origins.

Permanent exhibitions are free, and include much memorabilia from the life of famous author George Sand (who is in fact the lady in the portrait above) and her lover, Chopin.

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Walking through the museum is like travelling back in time, where you can follow in the footsteps of other famous and regular guests, including Eugène Delacroix, Charles Dickens, Rossini and Liszt.

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After absorbing so much art and intellect, you can rest your weary brain in the cafe that is situated next to the main pavilion.You will find yourself surrounded by roses and lilacs in this delicate garden; I would definitely recommend leaving this visit to the Summer months to make the most of it.

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Although this museum (which remained private property until 1982!) isn’t actually about romance, my boyfriend and I did feel loved-up after a coffee amongst the roses and a stroll around Montmartre.

 

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