Salon Chopin Museum in Paris
The Salon Chopin is a very small museum dedicated to the famous Polish composer Frederic Chopin and located within the Bibliotheque Polonaise, it provides many different mementos and an insight into his life including first edition works.
About the Salon Chopin Museum
The Salon Chopin is a very small museum in Paris dedicated to the pianist and composer Frederic Chopin who became a French citizen while living in Paris, which is where he died in an apartment at the Place Vendome.
He had many friends including the poet Adam Mickiewicz and was the lover of George Sand for almost ten years. And in fact, it was her son-in-law Auguste Clesinger that produced the death mask for Frederic Chopin along with a cast of his left hand, just before he died.
It is these two items along with his chair from his last apartment at the Place Vendome, plus numerous portraits of Chopin and his family, autographs and even first editions works of the composer that are on display at this museum.
And you will also be able to discover lots of other mementos that belonged to the famous Polish composer at the Salon Chopin in Paris including letters, photographs and manuscripts, although there are many important pieces like one of his pianos, which are held within a museum in Warsaw. However the Musee de la Musique located within the Parc de Villette in Paris does have a Pleyel piano that belonged to Frederic Chopin.
But you can also get to visit two other museums at the same time called the Musee Adam Mickiewicz and the Musee Boleslaw Biegas, as all three are housed within the Polish library in Paris.
Visiting the Salon Chopin Museum in Paris
You will find the Salon Chopin located on the Ile Saint Louis island right by the River Seine on the Quai d’Orleans within the Bibliotheque Polonaise Polish library, and it is open from 2.15pm through to 6pm on a Tuesday to Friday, yet is closed on all other days including National French holidays.
The cost of entry is €5 for adults as of 2014, however those up to the ages of 18 have free admission, yet students and old age pensioners get a reduction of only €2, plus groups of up to 12 people pay a total of only €25.
Guided tours are also available by prior reservation, although at present these are only conducted in either French or Polish, and are an additional cost of €2 per person on top of the rates mentioned above.
Now when it comes to public transport in Paris, there is not actually a Metro station on the Ile Saint Louis, so the nearest station is the Pont Marie stop via line 7 and you would then have to cross the Pont Marie bridge and go over to the opposite side of the island.
However, the bus number 67 will get you close by, and the is also a Batobus water bus stop on the bank opposite Notre Dame Cathedral on the Ile de Cite, which is the next island in the river.
- Bibliotheque Polonaise de Paris
- Musee Adam Mickiewicz
- Musee Boleslaw Biegas
Address and Contact Details
Societe Historique et Litteraire Polonaise
Bibliotheque Polonaise de Paris
6 Quai d’Orleans
Ile Saint Louis
Ile de France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 55 42 83 83
Fax: +33 (0) 1 46 33 36 31
Tourist attractions close by
- Pont de la Tournelle
- Peniche Marcounet
- Maison Europeanne de la Photographie
- Square Barye
- Pont Saint Louis bridge
- Square Jean XXIII
- Notre Dame Cathedral
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