Located in the romantic neighbourhood of Montmartre, this residence and its lovely courtyard, garden and two artists’ workshops have retained their original charm. This is where the painter Ary Scheffer received Parisian socialites Delacroix, Rossini, Sand, Chopin, Gounod, Tourgueniev, Dickens…
The museum offers a precious home for the paintings of Scheffer and his contemporaries, as well as the memorabilia of George Sand (documents, heirlooms, furniture, paintings, photographs, objéts d’art and jewels). A tribute to the dramatic emergence and tradition of 18th-19th century French Romanticism, the Musée de la Vie Romantique boasts a free permanent collection.
Focused on French Romantic writers, and specifically to the ideas and life of prolific writer, political thinker and libertine George Sand, this quaint museum is housed in a 19th-century residence at the foot of Montmartre. It once served as an artist's studio.
The museum's permanent collection is divided across two main floors. The ground floor houses memorabilia and personal artifacts belonging to Sand dating from the 18th and 19th century. Upstairs, paintings from French Romantic artist Scheffer (who worked at the residence) adorn the walls.
The courtyard gets somewhat crowded by noon, as locals come into the garden to enjoy the sun with a book, the fragrance of fresh roses, while indulging in some coffee and pastries from the café. Needless to say, this is just the perfect setting for a lazy afternoon!