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The restoration villa that houses the Musée de la Vie Romantique once belonged to Dutch Romantic painter Ary Scheffer, who used the property as both studio and soirée venue; fellow painter Eugène Delacroix, composer Franz Liszt and novelist George Sand were among his intellectual congregation in the mid-1800s.

Today, the museum is dedicated to showcasing Scheffer’s estate and memorabilia associated with his cohort; a glass case stuffed with Sand’s jewellery, and a plaster cast of the arm of Chopin (Sand’s lover) are among the more eclectic souvenirs of the Romantic period.

With the property’s function as a literary salon long behind it, the villa now functions as a tea salon: In the shaded, rose-filled garden visitors can rest tired feet on green lawn chairs that match the building’s shutters.

Musée de la Vie Romantique
16 Rue Chaptal
75009 Paris
France

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