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Musée du Vieux Montmartre Museum In Paris

The Musée du Vieux Montmartre is a museum dedicated to the area of Montmartre and is housed within a picturesque 17th century building, which is one of the oldest houses of the area and became the home of many artists and famous people from times gone by and in fact, Auguste Renoir had his studio here in 1876, where he put the final touches to one of his famous paintings Moulin de la Galette.

The museum features a pretty courtyard full of giant fuchsias, but inside you will be able to view pictures, sketches and souvenirs that provide an atmosphere for portraying the real Montmartre story.

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Musée du Vieux Montmartre Museum In Paris

There is a very rich and varied collection on display, that has been in existence since 1886, held by the scholars of the Society of Old Montmartre and you will get to see the history of the area with explanations of key events such as the Revolution of 1789, the Russian invasion of 1814, the Commune in 1870 and the construction of the Sacred Heart in 1875.

But also on display in the Musée du Vieux Montmartre are other important activities that relate to the Montmartre area in Paris like the manufacture of Porcelain de Clignancourt. 

You will also be able to get to see the original sign that Andre Gill produced for the cabaret Lapin Agile, which is still in existence today, along with sketches of posters by Theophile Steinlen, which were mainly advertising another cabaret called the Chat Noir that was open at the time.

This is a quiet museum within the beautifully restored 17th century mansion that not only houses historical artefacts and works of art, but it is home to a Cultural Centre, which offers its members conferences, shows, concerts, etc all relating to Montmartre and has an ever changing program.  You can become a member, which means you also get to visit the museum, its talks, etc all free of charge and this is a cost of around 40€ per year.

The Musée du Vieux Montmartre is open from 11am through to 6pm on a Tuesday to Sunday, but is closed on a Monday and on national holidays.

Unfortunately, unlike some museums in France, you are not allowed to takes photographs inside.

It is approximately a 7€ entrance fee, but children under the age of 10 can get in free, obviously only if they are accompanied by an adult.

Address & Contact Details:

Musee du Vieux Montmartre
12 Rue Cortot

Telephone: 1 49 25 89 37
Fax: 1 46 06 30 75

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