Rachel Kaplan, Little-Known Museums in and Around Paris Rachel Kaplan
Little-Known Museums in and Around Paris

Harry N. Abrams, 1996, ISBN: 0810926768

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This unique, illustrated, easy-to-use guide features practical information on 30 remarkable museums in Paris and the surrounding countryside, including collection highlights, addresses and phone numbers, hours and admissions— everything needed to guarantee many memorable visits

A Selection of Little-Known Museums in and Around Paris

  • Monte-Cristo Estate and Castle (Le Domaine du Château de Monte-Cristo)http://www.csu.edu.au/education.html
    78560 Le Port Marly; Tel: (01) 39-16-49-49
    (Alexandre Dumas, author of The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte-Cristo, bought this estate in 1844. There is a beautiful "moat" around the Château D'If. The Moorish Chamber was restored in 1985 thanks to the generosity of King Hassan II of Morocco, an admirer of the works of Alexandre Dumas.)

  • House of Balzac (La Maison de Balzac)http://www.paris.org:80/Musees/Balzac/
    47, Rue Raynouard, 75016 Paris; Tel: (01) 42-24-56-38
    (Honoré de Balzac, author of The Human Comedy, lived and wrote here from October 1840 to April 1847. Today the restored building includes Balzac's garden apartment and a handsome library of over 10,000 books
    and manuscripts available to Balzac scholars.)

  • Museum of Baccarat Crystal (Le Musée de Cristal de Baccarat)http://www.csu.edu.au/education.html
    30 bis, Rue du Paradis, 75010 Paris; Tel: (01) 47-64-30
    (Established in 1832, Baccarat is synonymous with the world's finest in luxury crystal. Pierre-Antoine Godard-Desmarest established the company credo: “Perfection.” Near the museum entrance is a plaster mannequin “Dame Baccarat,” wearing the only chandelier dress in Paris.)

  • Museum of Curiosities and Magic (Le Musée de la Curiosité et de la Magie)http://www.csu.edu.au/education.html
    11, Rue Saint Paul, 75004 Paris; Tel: (01) 42-72-13-26
    (Open since 1993, the museum has 300 amazing exhibits on display dedicated to the history and demonstration of magic. There are stage props used for sawing a person in half and to make people appear and disappear.)

  • Eugène Delacroix Museum (Le Musée National Eugène Delacroix)http://www.musexpo.com/english/delacroix/index.html
    6, Rue de Furstenberg, 75006 Paris; Tel: (01) 44-41-86-50
    (Delacroix moved into this apartment on Dec. 29, 1857, and built a studio here in order to be close to the Saint-Sulpice Church, where he completed his three frescoes inside the Saintes-Anges Chapel— my favorite is “Jacob Wrestling with the Angel.” 6-page web site in French, English, Italian— History, Collection, and Museum Information.)

  • The Fan Museum (Le Musée de l'Eventail)http://www.csu.edu.au/education.html
    2, Boulevard Strasbourg, 75010 Paris; Tel: (01) 42-08-19-89
    (Anne Hoguet, curator, opened the Fan Museum in 1993 with a collection of 800 French fans. Her fascination with fans: “Fans are objects of seduction and mystery. A woman holding a fan is much more alluring than one holding a cigarette.”)

  • Gustave Moreau Museum (Le Musée Gustave Moreau)http://www.csu.edu.au/education.html
    14, Rue de La Rochefoucauld, 75009 Paris; Tel: (01) 48-74-38-50
    (In 1895 Moreau commissioned architect Albert Lafon to transform his private house into a museum that displayed 6000 of his paintings watercolors, and drawings.)

  • The Doll Museum (Le Musée de la Poupée)http://www.csu.edu.au/education.html
    Impasse Berthaud, 75003 Paris; Tel: (01) 42-72-55-90
    (Opened in 1994, 200 French unglazed hand-painted porcelain dolls made between 1860 and 1960 are displayed behind glass in a series of imaginary vignettes. Guido & Sam Odin's collection of over 1000 French dolls are also on display on a rotating basis due to the museum's limited space.)

  • Maurice Ravel Museum (Le Musée Maurice Ravel)http://www.csu.edu.au/education.html
    5, Rue Maurice Ravel, 78490 Montfort l'Amaury; Tel: (01) 34-86-00-89
    (50 kilometers outside Paris, Ravel purchased Le Belvédère, since renamed the Maurice Ravel Museum. You'll find his eyeglass case still atop the Hérard piano next to the Maëlzel metronome. Ravel choose to paint the walls navy blue and yellow ochre, and designed the rooms' wallpapers. One of his prized posessions is a brass cage with a miniature “nightingale” which opens and shuts its beak, bats its real feather wings, and imitates the bird's song. Ravel never tired of admiring it or showing it to his guests.)

  • Erik Satie Museum: The Closet of Erik Satie (Le Musée Erik Satie: Le Placard d'Rrik Satie)http://www.csu.edu.au/education.html
    6, Rue Cortot, 75018 Paris; Tel: (01) 42-78-15-18
    (The French composer Erik Satie lived in a room so small that he called it "a closet."— now designated as the “smallest museum in the world.” It has a desk, a chair, a lamp, and Satie's art collection. He is also the composer of the briefest scores, writing two lines of music entitled Bon-jour Bi-qui, Bon-jour Bi-qui. Biqui was his pet name for Suzanne Valdon, his mistress of six months. Satie had a strong influence on artists of the Dada movement— Jean Cocteau, Francis Picabia, and Man Ray.)

  • Museum of Romantic Life (Le Musée de la Vie Romantique)http://www.csu.edu.au/education.html
    16, Rue Chaptal, 75009 Paris; Tel: (01) 48-74-95-38
    (Louis Philippe's court painter Ary Scheffer rented a house on Rue Chaptal in 1830 that has become a museum devoted to the romantic artists of the 19th century— Scheffer, Chopin, George Sand, Houdon, and Delacroix.)

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