Maison de Balzac
Maison de Balzac
3.5
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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 presentation of portraits of the artist or his characters, paintings, engravings, drawings, and using an original scenography, the museum encourages the visitor to wonder about Balzac and suggests original paths for lead to the discovery as well as to the rereading of La « Comédie humaine ».
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Neighbourhood: 16th Arr. - Passy
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  • Ave du Président Kennedy • 4 min walk
  • Ave du Président Kennedy • 4 min walk
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3.5
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Sandra D
Chicago, IL257 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
The house is very interesting and is informative about a famous author. Even if you aren't a fan the house is worth the visit.
Written 5 May 2024
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JRM
Penetanguishene, Canada99 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The "Maison Balzac" should be of interest to any student or fan of 19th century French literature. The enigmatic writer penned much of his Comedie Humaine at this location in the now fashionable Passy quartier of western Paris. The narrow hallways and compact rooms make for a tight squeeze; but the dwelling is both manageable and charming. The tour is also pleasantly underwhelming: the exhibits and displays are easily digestible, allowing the visitor to enjoy a complete visit in less than 45 minutes. The highlight for most is Balzac's writing table and chair, basic and functional, but evocative nonetheless. Very easy to combine a visit here with one to the nearby Musee Marmatton Monet. To top it all off, the Maison Balzac is free!! Not a can't miss to be sure but an interesting, informative and rewarding diversion off the beaten track.
Written 30 August 2023
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Amanda M
Davenport, IA34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
While this is a must-see attraction for fans of Balzac (like my husband), it is equally enjoyable for the Balzac-uninitiated (like me).
Written 7 August 2022
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Antoine F
Paris, France5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
This is a compulsory visit for all Balzac lovers. To imagine this genius working in this small house writing masterpieces on a tiny table is quite an experience. Highly recommended
Written 12 February 2020
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Ervino R
Turin, Italy2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
We came at the Maison at 5:15 pm on February 1st. The doors were already closed while 3 people were inside, talking. We knocked the glass door and show them that the timetable was clearly stating "Closes at 6,last entrance at 5:30". It was clear they did not want last minute tourists to disturb their late afternoon.
They continued to say that it was closed, that we did not understand what the timetable was showing anf when we started taking pictures to get a proof they suddendly came out and started shouting
Definitely not polite, to say the least.
Beware! Go well before!
Written 2 February 2020
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shereallyateitall
New York City, NY45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This is a museum for lovers of 18th cent. literature, of quirky places and out-of-the-way museums. It's really only a couple of tiny rooms where Balzac spent about 10 years writing some of his best work and on a sunny day the garden is charming, with a distinctly homegrown feel to it. I lucked out with a side exhibition of Grandville, one of his closest collaborators (illustrating his work) and was completely taken on my first visit, having stumbled onto it during a long walk back from the Marmottan (also a very nice museum to visit). This is not the jaw-dropping experience provided by the Louvre, Orsay or Jacquemart. It is instead their opposite: their antidote, far from any selfie crowd or noise, with a quiet but engaging view of Paris from the Passy neighborhood in the 16th Arrondisement. Some may resent the 7-8 euros to get in but I found myself returning several times, dragging friends and family, for this quietly enjoyable visit to the past.
Written 27 November 2019
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Albywon
Sydney, Australia13,650 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
Definitely worth a half hour wander although it was very crowded on a Saturday in early August.
Furnishings within the museum are sparse but there is his desk and chair used for much of his writing and interesting information boards in both French & English.
Written 11 August 2019
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,589 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
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.
Written 11 August 2018
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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 to consult our website maisondebalzac.paris.fr.
Written 14 September 2018
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MILOUW
New York City, NY1,366 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
This is where Balzac toiled for years writing many of his novels.
For Balzac aficionados only.
Small nice terrace garden
Free admission
Written 22 July 2018
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MZTParis
Paris296 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Friends
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 for a rest and to enjoy the view.

The view is of the Eiffel Tower as it is behind the house.

But, do know that while you are taking photos of the splendid view, and thinking how lucky Balzac had been with such a view, the tower dates from 1889, and by then Balzac was long dead having died in 1850.

He had lived in the house from 1840 to 1847.

The house is not very big, but each room is packed with interesting mementos of the life of this great French novelist.

You will see first editions of his books, his writing desk, his chair, his scribblings, some manuscripts, paintings and engravings and several sculptures of him. There are also sculptures of him in the garden.

Beautiful is the fireplace in the house.

The museum is free and there is a souvenir shop, but do not look for anything like a fridge magnet, as you will only be able to buy recently-published copies of his books.

The nearest Metro station to the house is Passy of Line No. 6 and from there street signs will direct you to the house.

Passy Station opens on Place Charles Dickens and Rue Raynouard leads from it.

The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

It is never packed, but during the week, there could be many scholars and students about.
Written 30 May 2018
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