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Welcome to one of the most romantic addresses in the French capital, the Musée de la Vie Romantique. Nestled in the Pigalle neighborhood, what was once the home and studio of portrait painter Ary Scheffer became the meeting spot of 19th-century artists and writers including George Sand and Eugène Delacroix. Every Friday, the who’s who of French Romantics would mingle here to the classical tunes of Frédéric Chopin playing the piano.
Walking through the house, strewn with French literature, paintings by Scheffer, antique furniture, stunning jewelry, and even a plaster cast of Chopin’s hand, you’re transported back to the 1800s. In addition to the impressive permanent collection, two temporary exhibitions take place each year, as well as concerts and cultural events.
The ground floor of the museum is dedicated to the life of prolific writer and libertine George Sand. Who better to become acquainted with at the Museum of Romantic Life than the woman who’s known for her romances, most notably her eight-year liaison with Chopin? Take note of the many portraits and drawings of Sand along with her own watercolor paintings.
The garden itself merits a visit to this enchanting museum. While away your afternoon in this green oasis, dreaming about your own romantic story. With Rose Bakery serving tasty treats in the greenhouse-turned-tea-room, this historic home also proves the perfect stop for lunch or tea.
Entry to the permanent collection is free, except during periods of temporary exhibitions.