Chateau de Malmaison, Rueil-Malmaison

#1 of 6 in Historic Sites in Hauts-de-Seine
Once the residence of Napoleon Bonaparte and Empress Josephine de Beauharnais, Chateau de Malmaison boasts original 19th-century decor, paintings, furniture, and a large collection of porcelain. You can take a guided tour or explore the museum on your own. Assorted rooms include the Chamber of Napoleon, billiard room, and music room. The library features mahogany furniture from the 18th century and Nicolas Constant Lemaire's celestial globe from 1788. Head to the dining room to see Josephine's porcelain service. This room also contains murals painted by Louis Lafitte in 1800 representing six pompéiennes dancers. Josephine's luxurious apartments feature her original bed and a simply decorated anteroom. Look for the famous painting by Jacques-Louis David, "Napoleon Crossing the Alps." For Chateau de Malmaison and beyond, use our Rueil-Malmaison trip itinerary planner to get the most from your Rueil-Malmaison vacation.
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459 reviews
  • August 16, 2017
    In the suburbs of Paris, Malmaison is the small chateau and estate Napoleon bought for his mistress and wife, Josephine. While he was married to her, he maintained his own apartment here, and used it ...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    aaahhh it was great! the castle is beautifully furnished. We had a fascinating guide that have well traced us the history of this castle and especially those of Josephine and Napoleon! A place not to be missed and do absolutely!
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  • August 12, 2017
    Woman with a strong Napoleonic imprint Castle. No gold, no Fireworks to prove himself... a single place or eventually we'd like to live.
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  • July 29, 2017
    Historically very important. The interior has amazing pieces, but the exterior could have some restoration. The gardens are not so beautiful as I thought it would be.
  • July 11, 2017
    Beautiful gardens, the château was beautiful as well. Gardens was what caught my eye, though.
  • September 22, 2013
    This was surprisingly nice place to visit. On the outskirts of Paris its less crowded and very well maintained. The gardens outside are stunning and you can find distinct variety of flowers. The castle inside is perhaps like any other castle but all in all gives a great experience on visit.
  • December 21, 2016
    Surprisingly beautiful little chateaux and crowds
  • August 29, 2015
    Lovely little mansion with grounds.

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