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Address: Avenue du chateau, 92500 Rueil-Malmaison, France
Phone Number: +33 1 41 29 05 57
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The home of Napoleon and Josephine - well worth seeing

I loved this. It was not over crowded, although we visited on the first Sunday of the months when all the museums in Paris are free to enter. Here are the key rooms, the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I loved this. It was not over crowded, although we visited on the first Sunday of the months when all the museums in Paris are free to enter. Here are the key rooms, the library/study, Napoleon's bedroom. Josephine's rooms, the billiard and dining rooms, all furnished with items from their various homes. Here too are Napoleon's sabres , his knives... More 

Thank markr2306
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The chateau of malmaison is worth a visit. Admire the beautiful park and the rooms of Josephine de Beauharnais, Napoleons first wife.

Thank Frank V
Boerne, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

This was our second visit to Malmaison. Once again, it was a treat to walk through the chateau while listening to the audio, reliving how it might have been when Napoleon and Josephine lived there. Compared to other places Napoleon lived (e.g., the Chateau in Compiegne), Malmaison is on a smaller scale and thereby conveys a more intimate message. Be... More 

Thank Stephen P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Joséphine bought Malmaison in 1799 and lived there for many years until her death. After her death Napoleon returned to Malmaison where he lived until his exile to Saint Helena. Unlike many French chateaus Malmaison is on the modest side but full of interesting history and artefacts. Malmaison is very easy to get to and not far from the centre... More 

Thank Lesley A
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Although not a grandiose work of architecture, this was the home of Napoleon's wife and displays the decor of the period as well as French style gardens and you will learn about the history of the place. Opposite the castle there is a big park where you can go for a stroll or play with kids. Castle + park make... More 

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Swanley, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

The chateaux is a very nice divorce settlement for Josephine. A very informative brochure in English. Having bought 35 tickets at the gate our group moved up to the entrance of the chateaux." Have you booked in advance You are a party You cannot view the house without an advanced booking ". A fine welcome indeed, but eventually someone of... More 

Thank John M
Placitas, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

As Josephine was unable to give Emperor Napoleon an heir, she reluctantly agreed to a divorce in 1809, but a divorce that allowed her to retain her title of Empress and title to Malmaison. Here she retired amidst her acres of gardens and a casual, yet luxurious comfort that was more fitting of her personality. Be sure to check out... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

The place is nice and well located. But compared to other castles nearby, this one has a little interest only unless you are passionated by Napoleon's private life. The garden is peaceful and relaxing.

Thank Riccardo G
Punta Allen, Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

History tells how the mansion was largely restored with FAKE marble, pillars, etc, all for the purpose of image. If you just visit autonomously you may miss all that. TIP: Allocate your time to the interior as the gardens do not remain much. Only about 1% of the original estate is remaining for visits. Maybe a moral to today's politics.

Thank jacjsc
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

The grounds and chateau are fairly ordinary by 1800 standards, but the history of the place relative to Napoleon and Josephine make this a very relevant site. Don't miss Napoleon's study. The stables are worth a few minutes too.

Thank Robert L

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