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Fascinating find

Bumped into this museum by chance, and a great find Had no idea of the link between Pau and... read more

Reviewed 15 June 2017
andrew p
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Huntly, United Kingdom
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Local Boy Does Good!

A small museum telling the story of how a local man rose to be a General in Napoleon's army and... read more

Reviewed 3 February 2017
rayraynewby
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Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

Bumped into this museum by chance, and a great find
Had no idea of the link between Pau and Sweden

Museum is in a very quaint house set back from street in Pau and is dedicated to the Bernadotte family who are now the Swedish Royal family

Lovely intimate exhibition of personal items

Staff very helpful and informative

Thank andrew p
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Reviewed 3 February 2017

A small museum telling the story of how a local man rose to be a General in Napoleon's army and then was made king of Sweden and Norway. It also tells how the Swedish Royal family is descended from Jean Baptiste Bernadotte. Worth a visit if you are in the area and the attendant was very helpful and gave me a small guide in English.

Thank rayraynewby
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Reviewed 12 August 2016

This is the XVIIIth century house where Bernadotte was born.
He became a general under Napoleon and later on King of Sweeden.
The memorabilia assembled here may interest historians of the period but has very limited appeal to the general public.

Thank MILOUW
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Reviewed 12 May 2016

If you're a history buff and enjoy and appreciate these ventures, you'll be pleased the way they kept his memory alive.

Thank Barbara L
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Reviewed 9 April 2016 via mobile

I went to this unique museum on a Saturday morning and had the entire place to myself. Yes, the displays are old-fashioned and dusty, but this adds to the quirky charm, and the museum deserves to have a lot more visitors, not least because of the extremely enthusiastic curator who is more than happy to share his encyclopedic knowledge of Swedish royalty and Napoleonic battles with you (if you speak French). It is testament to the story of one extraordinary man, Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, who came from fairly humble origins in Pau and went on to be one of Napoleon's most successful generals and was invited to become King of Sweden - and also of his descendants, the House of Bernadotte - artists, poets, musicians, reformers, some of whom went on to become crowned heads of various European courts in their own right. The top floor is pretty much laid out like a typical home of the period, with lovely examples of furniture from the Béarn. On the ground floor there is a collection of Swedish art from the early 20th century, including by two women artists who were pupils of Matisse. The museum closes over lunch from 12 - 2pm, and is incredibly good value - just 3 Euro admission.

2  Thank Samir S
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Reviewed 16 September 2015

Very interesting! You learn a lot about the Marechal Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, how he lived and his family.

Thank mathusalem13
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Reviewed 10 September 2015

Bernadotte's birthplace, situated in a small side street in the centre of Pau. The house itself is very pretty and it is an interesting museum to visit.

Thank DelightedLeicester
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Reviewed 16 June 2015

A lovely small Museum relating the story of how a French soldier became King of Sweden. Made more interesting by a very enthusiastic gentlemen in reception plus a disply of some more recent photographs and memorabilia relating to the current Swedish Royal family. So even for a Brit it was very intriguing and enjoyable way to spend an hour - and very inexpensive too..

Thank littlespiglet
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Reviewed 9 December 2014

How a lower middle class chap who did well in the French army and became one of Napoleons generals - then fell out with the "great man" for partaking of the Emperors mistress. And oddly lost his command but then..................The Swedes - who were in need of a King - asked him for interview and he got the job! As they say "you couldn't make it up". A remarkable story - visit to prompt more research than I have bothered to relate - really worth knowing about

2  Thank RobininBRISTOL
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Reviewed 21 October 2014

Not sure what we expected but this wasn't it. 2 floors of an old house with mostly etchings related to Jean Baptiste Bernadotte and some rather time worn artifacts and furniture. If you are not Swedish it is of limited interest.

Thank cordyroy
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