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. Make Maison de Balzac part of your personalized Paris itinerary using our Paris vacation generator.
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  • August 5, 2017
    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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  • August 2, 2017
    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 »
  • June 16, 2017
    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.)
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  • May 30, 2017
    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.
  • February 18, 2017
    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.
  • August 10, 2017
    Nice garden for free visit.
  • May 17, 2017
    Lovely place
  • March 25, 2017
    Waste of time

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