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Napoleon & Josephine the rise of the empire

Josephine and la Malmaison

  • Beloved, treasured, tormented: Josephine and her legend, empress by the grace of Napoleon Bonaparte.
  • The Malmaison, an impressive and eclectic manor house: an extravagant woman’s taste for elegance and refinement.
  • Lifestyle and leisure during the Consulate and the First Empire: balls, backgammon, and billiards….
The “small” mansion that Josephine Bonaparte purchased in 1797 was just a run-down estate in desperate need of care and devotion when she set her eyes on it while her husband Napoleon was off fighting in Egypt. And that is precisely what Josephine brought to the property, transforming it into a “source of riches for all of France”, just like she said she would. Today it is treasured as a national museum.

Tour 1: half-day classic tour (transfer + visit + free time)

Your guide will lead you in the discovery of this charming and beautiful estate. Explore the rooms overflowing with the memory of Napoleon’s great love and stroll through the garden where roses once scented the air.

Opening hours :

Daily except Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. (closes 5:45 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays) from October to March
Closes 5:45 p.m. on weekdays and 6:15 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from April to September
Closed January 1 and December 25 )

Amenities :

Disabled access (ground floor, carriage pavilion, Osiris pavilion)

Direct, no-lines access: reservation required for groups (30 people maximum per guide)

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