The Montmartre Museum is located on the northern hill of Paris in an old house, not far from Tertre Square, next to famous vineyards. It is located in the building of the Rosimon mansion, which was built in the 17th century for one of the actors of the Moliere troupe, Claude Rose, whose life was tragically cut short right on the stage. Many celebrities have lived in this house, including the artist Dufy Raoul, the actor Pierre Raverdi, and the composer Satie Eric.
Here, at the end of the 19th century, the first workshop of Auguste Renoir was located, where he painted the famous painting “The Swing”. But more closely the fate of the house is connected with the life of an unusual artist, circus acrobat and model Suzanne Valadon and her son, artist Utrillo Maurice. They lived in this house for several decades.
The museum itself was founded in 1960 so that the society could get acquainted with the richest treasury of the Society for Archeology and History "Old Montmartre".
The exposition of the museum conveys the whole complex life of the Montmartre district. Thanks to the exhibits, you can vividly imagine its entire diverse world: political and religious moods, as well as just the life of its inhabitants and the life of the Parisian bohemia of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
All this reflects the large number of posters, posters, photographs, art objects, household items and, of course, paintings on display in the museum. Here you can find paintings by such famous artists as Van Gogh, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Utrillo and others.
There are four permanent compositions in the museum. The first exhibition tells about the times when Montmartre was a simple district near Paris. It was then inhabited not by cultural workers, artists and artists, but by ordinary workers and peasants. The model of the old Montmartre, made by the architect Claude Carpentier, helps to see what the suburb was like several centuries ago. Particular attention should be paid to Clignancourt porcelain, which was once a competitor to the well-known Sevres porcelain.
Another section is devoted to the Paris Commune. Its exhibits help to feel the spirit of this complex and controversial period in French history. Montmartre, this free-spirited suburb of Paris, becomes a Parisian commune on March 26, 1861. Various documents and posters in the museum tell about both the heroic days of the commune and its suppression.
The exposition, which presents exhibits reflecting the festive life on Mormartre, is called Festive Montmartre. From them you can learn about the opening of famous cabarets there, such as "Black Cat", "Dexterous Rabbit", and of course, "Moulin Rouge". On posters and posters you can see the stars performing in these musicals. The museum also displays the costumes of the dancers.
The last permanent exhibition tells about the bohemia of Montmartre. In this building in the late 19th and early 20th century, attracted by the picturesque nature and low housing prices, such well-known artists as Van Gogh, Salvador Dali, Gauguin lived. Some of the paintings that came out from under the brush of these great masters are presented in the museum.
In addition to permanent exhibitions, the museum regularly hosts various exhibitions. In addition, the museum has an excellent library, in which, among other things, you can find a collection of numerous works of French chanson.
By the spring of 2014, the museum management plans to expand the exhibition space and tidy up the gardens surrounding the building. By the way, according to the New York Times publication, the vineyards in this garden produce expensive wine in Paris.
In the eyes of its inhabitants, Montmartre still remains a special place in Paris, and only seeing it firsthand, one can understand why the great artists liked to stay there so much. They say that the spirit of real Paris is still preserved in Montmartre.
Address: 12-14 Rue Cortot, Paris 75018
Phone: + 33 1 49 25 89 39
Metro: Lamarck-Caulaincourt, Anvers, Pigalle
Hours: 10: 00-18: 00
- Adult: 9.50 €
- Reduced: 7 €
- Child: 5.50 €