Trip Planner:   Europe  /  France  /  Ile-de-France  /  Paris  /  Museums  /  Maison de Balzac

Maison de Balzac, Paris

3.0
#66 of 97 in Historic Sites in Paris
History Museum Historic Site
Visit Maison de Balzac, the house in which Honoré de Balzac wrote "La Comédie Humaine". The museum presents you with personal memories belonging to the writer and his family as well as priceless and numerous original editions, manuscripts, and illustrations. You will also enjoy an exhibition of paintings, engravings, and documents about his relatives.

If you manage to attend at the right time, check out the temporary theme exhibitions and events about the author as well.

In 2012, Maison de Balzac was renovated in order to meet current standards and now has a more modern appearance. The house is also notable for underlying cavities, which have been identified by pottery shards as former troglodyte dwellings dated to the time of the late Middle Ages. These excavations, however, are not open to the public. Make Maison de Balzac part of your personalized Paris itinerary using our Paris vacation generator.
Create an itinerary including Maison de Balzac
map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
76 reviews
Google
3.8
TripAdvisor
  • The house of Honore de balzac is a hidden place in the Auteuil area in paris. You enter the house through the garden and can visit the study and rooms of one of Frfances most famous writers.  more »
  • If you are passionate about literature and the works of the author, the visit worth the look. Of course, if there is an exhibition at the same time, it is not free, but 5 euros, is not huge compared to the price of some museums. The visit is not long, but you can easily imagine the long hours of writing that spent the author at his office, fun to decipher the annotations to the pages of his manuscripts on display. (A little advice... to go, use Google maps or get good directions, with a simple card, the House is sometimes hard to find.)
    View original
  • The home of Balzac for about 7 years, this building is interesting and well-located in an accessible location in the 16th, not far from Passy metro. The landscape there is interesting and the location...  more »
Google
  • Small museum in a cozy house. There is a great lawn for a picnic with a unique view of the Eiffel Tower and hidden among the winding streets of the Passy neighborhood.
  • Definitely worth a visit. The Maison de Balzac is off the beaten track and only someone embracing all sorts of arts would be interested in knowing the house where this prolific writer lived and worked from, I would think.
  • Lovely place
  • Waste of time
  • Im know jijijji

Plan your trip to Paris

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Paris

Each of the city’s 20 arrondissements, or districts, has a personality all its own. If you prefer high-end accommodations and to be in the middle of the action, look for lodging in the 1st through the 4th arrondissements. For more affordable lodging and access to major metro lines, try the 12th. The Oberkampf area of the 11th arrondissement has an edgier, more hip vibe. For easy access to tourist sites,  the 16th is within a stone’s throw of the Arc de Triomph and the Eiffel Tower, and the 17th is within walking distance to the Champs-Elysées. Avoid the 18th, 19th, and 20th, because these can be dangerous, especially if you’re not familiar with the city.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
TripAdvisor
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor

Plans in Paris by other users

16 days in Paris, Dublin & United Kingdom BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, romantic, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Paris BY A USER FROM BRAZIL December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Europe BY A USER FROM INDONESIA April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 37 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Innsbruck, Paris & London BY A USER FROM BAHAMAS August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in Europe BY A USER FROM FRANCE October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in Paris & Bordeaux BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Paris & Bordeaux BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 35 days in South Pacific, Asia, United States & Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, teens, popular PREFERENCES: August, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 24 days in Europe BY A USER FROM BRAZIL June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in Europe, South Asia & Canada BY A USER FROM BRAZIL January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans