After their deaths, the place became a celebration of their lives
along with their circle of friends, which included people such as Chopin, Delacroix and
The museum presents collections of souvenirs and different works of art for two great
people of the 19th century, namely the writer George Sand and the painter Ary Scheffer,
which were left to the City of Paris.
Did you know that George Sand was actually a woman and her real name was Aurore
Dudevant? She was an incredible woman who had an impressive literary career, but
dressed like a man and smoked cigars, plus had affairs with many great artists, writers,
And the Musee de la vie Romantique has the main room dedicated entirely to George Sand,
which includes exhibits of furniture, personal belongings including her cigarette box,
lockets and other jewellery, plus watercolours that were moved from her house in the Loire Valley.
This is a museum that has lots of atmosphere and you get to see into their real daily
lives, with their living and working environment of these incredibly talented romantics,
also on the other side of the courtyard you will be able to experience Ary Scheffer's
workshop where he worked and entertained.
It is a surprising little piece of history with a long cobblestone entrance and charming
garden and within the summer months or when really nice weather, you can enjoy a cup of
tea and cake in the little cafe in the garden, which has been converted from the
There are actually three buildings and the first atelier houses the ticket desk and book
shop, the second atelier, which was Ary Scheffer's workshop also houses temporary
exhibits, and the main house is where the permanent collection is located.
Again, the summertime is the best time to visit this museum with its quaint secluded tree
lined passage that opens up onto the garden courtyard, as you can also get to experience
concerts and readings too.
The Musee de la Vie Romantique is open from a Tuesday through to a Sunday from 10am to
5pm, but is closed on Mondays.
However, the garden cafe is only open from May through to September and serves tea,
beautiful tarts and cakes plus some salads.
Address & Contact Details:
Hôtel Scheffer Renan
16 Rue Chaptal
Telephone: 1 55 31 95 67