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History and a Garden

Come and see where the author lived and from where he made his famous escapes when his creditors... read more

Reviewed 11 August 2018
Thomas V
Oakland, California
Excellent for Balzac lovers...

... but not for those who expect a fully documented life and work story. Fairly easily found on Rue... read more

Reviewed 17 February 2018
Vilnius, Lithuania
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Nestled on the hillsides of Passy, the House of Balzac is the only one of the Parisian residences of the novelist which survives today. It was in the studyroom that Balzac corrected, from 1840 to 1847, « La Comédie humaine ». Through the...more
47 rue Raynouard | 16e, 75016 Paris, France
+33 1 55 74 41 80
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Reviewed 11 August 2018

Come and see where the author lived and from where he made his famous escapes when his creditors arrived. Very pretty and quiet garden outside.More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Thomas V
Maison B, Propriétaire at Maison de Balzac, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2018

Thank you for your message ! Actually, the Museum is closed for works until summer 2019. In the meanwhile, we will propose you outdoor activities and monthly events. The library remains open (only by appointment). Please feel free to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and...More

Reviewed 22 July 2018

This is where Balzac toiled for years writing many of his novels. For Balzac aficionados only. Small nice terrace garden Free admission

Date of experience: July 2018
Reviewed 30 May 2018

This house where Honoré de Balzac had once lived and written is worth a visit. At No. 47 Rue Raynouard in Paris’s chic 16th district (arrondissement), the house, a single-storey with green shutters is in a small garden with benches where you could sit down...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 23 March 2018

Nice little gem of a museum, with a beautiful garden. Worth the visit. But you need to look for it as it is a bit hidden.

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 17 February 2018

... but not for those who expect a fully documented life and work story. Fairly easily found on Rue Raynouard, this little house is like a little island amidst the typically Parisian residential houses. The museum is small as well, and its biggest point of...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

This house, where Balzac lived several years because he was hiding because of huge financial problems. At that time this quater was outside Paris.! À quiet place for him to work long nights and hours. During this visit I realised he was a hard worker...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Mona v
Reviewed 21 August 2017

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.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 3 August 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.

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank Frank V
Reviewed 22 May 2017

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 of the building is quite dramatic. It has an exhibition focused...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed 25 September 2016

There was nothing of the man or his work that engaged me in a visit to this house. I had understood it to be free but there was a charge of 5 euros to go in. What we found was mostly artistic reaction to Honore...More

Date of experience: September 2016
3  Thank Lizzi B
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This is the neighbourhood of grand and impressive
Haussmann-designed apartments and buildings. National
museums overlook the Eiffel Tower and embassies fill
the avenues and streets. Locals head to the butcher,
florist, or bakery on their daily rounds amidst luxury
and splendour, all with a view over Paris and its most
famous tower. Snuggled in between the grand buildings
are small art galleries and homes of historical
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