Montmartre Museum is hosted in a lovely manshion, has a quiet garden and interesting collections on the rich history of Montmartre. The museum is in fact one of the rare sights in Montmarte that is not crowded with tourists. Paris museums.
Housed in a lovely and historical 17th century manor house, Montmartre Museum is nestled between two charming gardens and overlooks Montmartre vineyard.
It houses a unique collection of paintings, posters and photographs that help you to relive the boheme of Montmartre, the spirit of its celebrated cabarets as well the important history of Montmartre hill itself.
From its beginnings in 1886 until the present day, the collection has constantly been enhanced and expanded. It traces the history and life of Montmartre and its artists, through more than 200 documents, paintings, lithographs and pieces of furniture.
Montmartre remains to this day an inspiration to artists. As well as landmark paintings by Utrillo and Kupka, the museum includes Montmartre undiscovered artists and artworks with their own story to tell.
The gardens of the Museum were replanted in 2012 from the paintings that Auguste Renoir made during his stay there, including the famous Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette and the Swing painted in 1876. These two pictures are now in Musee d'Orsay in Paris.
In the Swing, a man seen from the back is talking to a young woman standing on a swing, watched by a little girl and another man, leaning against the trunk of a tree. Renoir gives us the impression of surprising a conversation, as if in a snapshot. Great art indeed.
Paris metro: Lamarck-Caulaincourt station, line 12. Locate museum on Montmartre map. Montmartre Museum is open every day, all year round, from 10am to 6pm, 10am to 7pm from April 1st to September 30th.
Entry price: adult: 9.50 euros. Students aged 18-25: 7.50 euros. Children aged 10-17: 5.45 euros. Under 10: free