Paris is probably my favorite city in the world. With the shaded Seine river quays, its many parks and gardens, its fascinating museums, Paris is a city where strolling is a real pleasure. But what I most like about the city of lights is that even though you have been living there for years, you always come across new hidden little gems, flowery dead-ends that give us the impression to be in the country-side, beautiful courtyards full of charm, little museums you had no idea existed…
For this first article, I am taking you to one of my favorite little hidden gem: the museum of romantic life.
I randomly discovered this museum as I knew that I would be leaving Paris soon and was craving to discover each and every little corner that I had not yet explored.
To reach the museum, you have to take a long alley covered with ivy, in a quiet street. The surprise effect is guaranteed as the beautiful building is only to be discovered at the very last minute. When I reached the courtyard, I felt like I had left Paris and was now in the countryside.
When you reach the end of the alley, you are invited to go to the ticket office only to be told that the entrance to permanente collections is free! You will have to spend a few euros if you want to visit the temporary collections. Some objects and pieces of furniture that used to belong to French novel writer George Sand are displayed on the ground floor. As a friend of the own of the place, Dutch painter Ary Sheffer, she used to come often to pay a visit. The upper floors exhibit a few pieces by the Dutch painters.
The beautiful house built in 1830 is worth a visit in itself. With its lovely flowery courtyard, its garden and greenhouse, it is the perfect place to exhibit the museum pieces. In summer time, it is a great spot to have a cup of coffee in the shadow of the century-old trees et to enjoy the quiet atmosphere of the place.
A few tips if you plan on visiting the museum of romantic life:
- The museum is located 16 Rue Chaptal, 75009 Paris, France
- It is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 8pm. It is closed on Mondays and holidays.
- The access to permanant collections is free.
- You can access the museum’s website here
I hope you enjoyed this first hidden little gems. Paris is full of surprises and I have many more for you…