The Musée National Gustave Moreau (Gustave Moreau National Museum) is settled in a quiet but very artistic neighbourhood, not far from the Taylor Foundation and from the delicious Musée de la Vie Romantique (Museum of Romantic Life). Art lovers can therefore plan a nice day strolling in the area, and have a walk full of surprises, with a tea-break in the garden of the Musée de la Vie Romantique. The Moreau Museum was created by Gustave Moreau himself, in the house bought by his parents in 1852. The artist spent many years in this house, and decided in 1895 to turn it into a museum which now gives us a unique opportunity to enter the famous Symbolist painter’s private and creative universe. The upper floors were rebuilt into a large studio, whose spectacular spiral staircase is one of the highlights of the visit. The walls of the studio are covered from floor to ceiling with Moreau’s paintings, while ingenious drawers, which the visitors can freely open, reveal a very important collection of smaller works. The apartments of the first and second floors have a more intimate atmosphere and were set by Moreau as an homage to his family and to his dearly missed friend Alexandrine Dureux. One can still feel the presence of these personalities in the rooms, making the Moreau Museum very different from other museums, which usually display works coming for various other places. Bringing even more life into these walls are the classical concerts given in the beautiful studio, or the workshops for children and lectures regularly held by the museum.

Please note that the museum will be closed for renewal from June 17th 2013 to November 1st 2013