Maison de Balzac, Paris

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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. Before you head to Paris, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Paris online trip itinerary planner , to make sure you see all that Paris has to offer, including Maison de Balzac.
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  • Shameful to propose this "tour" which took 10 mins. No atmosphere (except office and again). It is indecent to make pay for so little... There is so much better on Paris!
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  • It is interesting to see the room where Balzac a monument of french literature wrote La Comédie Humaine, a panorama of post-Napoleonic French life, considered as his magnum opus.  more »
  • The cottage lies within a small park where you can sit and eat, too, some small meal, after the visit. Also the area is one of the most beautiful residential and in Paris. As a rule, the visit is free but often there are some exposures that cannot break down selected for which you have to pay; the latter was my case that in may, on the occasion of the splendid exhibition "une passion dans le désert", I paid 7 euros. Balzac is a timeless, deep and farsighted. Still present on his study, with the original desk and most of his major works. Wonderful statues and paintings. Go for it!
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  • Small museum in the apartment where Balzac lived for the last years of his life. Interesting early 19th building. Great garden.
  • 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.
  • Lovely House museum in Balzac's own house.
  • 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.
  • Nice garden for free visit.

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