When Auguste Comte died at his home in 1857 he was surrounded by a few disciples and was then buried within the Pere Lachaise Cemetery, and in his will he wished for his home and all his archives to be preserved.
About the Maison d’Auguste Comte Museum in Paris
The original apartment of Auguste Comte is located on the second floor with a space of around 150 metres squares, and was fully restored in 1960 by Paulo Carneiro from an original inventory that dated from 1857.
You can discover the kitchen that overlooked the lobby with terracotta tiles, a stove and fireplace, and this is separated from a small room by glass walls, yet by crossing the hall you can discover the dining room, lounge and study, which all have marble fireplace and gilded mirrors hanging above.
In fact, the dining room has not been changed at all and still has the chandeliers, mahogany chairs and round dining table, the copper scales for weighing food, yet when you look at the lounge, this is like a place of worship for Clotilde de Vaux, for whom Auguste was madly in love with, and considered her his true wife for eternity. Here you can discover a portrait of Clotilde hanging by a mahogany chair where she used to, along with a locket that contains a lock of her hair.
You can also discover the study with the wooden desk covered in sheepskin along with the two libraries that contained personal books with one being devoted to science and medicine, while the other was dedicated to poetry and philosophy. And these old leather bound books are still as they were, which give an even greater understanding as to the knowledge he acquired from these.
At the end of the corridor there is classroom where you can still see the preserved blackboard, as Auguste Comte was a very good teacher and used to teach mathematics, but also gave lectures on astronomy.
Yet the last room of this apartment in Paris is the bedroom, which is tiled and overlooks the courtyard, and although the night table with its marble top is nowhere to be found, the bed, muslin curtains, artificial flowers from Clotilde and personal belongings including hats, glasses, a wallet, snuffbox, and much more can be discovered.
And this is actually where Auguste Comte died on 5th September 1857, and according to his wishes, he was buried beside Clotilde de Vaux at the Pere Lachaise Cemetery.
So as you can tell, the Maison Auguste Comte is a small yet unusual museum where you can see how the middle class from the 19th century lived, and is an interesting tourist attraction in Paris whether you are interested in Positivism or not.
Access to the Maison d’Auguste Comte Museum
This museum in Paris is actually only open on a Wednesday afternoon from 2pm through to 5pm without appointment, however groups and tours for groups can be organised in advance on other weekdays.
The cost of entry as of 2013 is €4 however, there is a reduced rate of only €2 for students, plus there is also a small shop supplying different items such as postcards, books and brochures.
And the Maison d’August Comte apartment museum is located in the 6th Arrondissement of Paris close to the Jardins de Luxembourg gardens and the nearest metro station is called the Odeon on lines 4 or 10. However, other transport in Paris you could utilise is the RER trains with the nearest station being the Luxembourg stop on line B, or the buses on numbers 58, 63, 70, 84 and 87.
Address and Contact Details
La Maison d’Auguste Comte
10 Rue Monsier le Prince
Ile de France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 43 26 08 56
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Maison d’Auguste Comte Museum in Paris
The Maison d’Auguste Comte is a small museum in Paris dedicated to Auguste Comte who was the founder of religious positivism that had a great following in Brazil, yet is located in the building where he lived in Paris.
A bit of history..
August Comte was founder of religious positivism or the religion of humanity, which is similar to the more modern day thinking of Sociology, and is often credited as being the first person to use this term, and after the lady he loved died, called Clotilde de Vaux, he transformed the scientific positivism into a form of religion.
Having written volumes upon his studies and ideals along with getting followers, his ideas did not really take off completely in France, and yet there was a tremendous following in Brazil. And it was this Brazilian following that led to the Chapel de l’Humanite being located in Paris that was paid for by the Brazilian state, and this secular temple utilises the positivist calendar to celebrate great men like philosophers, poets, scientists etc.