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. 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 edition works of the composer that are on display at this museum.
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 Wednesday to Saturday, yet is closed on all other days including National French holidays.
The cost of entry is €5 for adults as of 2016, 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, although even if you qualify for free entry but are on a guided visit, then the €2 fee is still applicable.
Access to Salon Chopin
When it comes getting here via 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 line 67 will get you very close by, plus the bus lines 86 and 87 also stop on the Ile Saint-Louis island, yet you could also utilise the Batobus, which is the River Seine water bus that has a stop on the left bank opposite Notre Dame Cathedral on the Ile de Cite, which is the next island in the river.
Alternatively, the Metro stations called the Sully-Morland stop also serving line 7, the Saint-Paul stop serving line 1, the Cite stop located on the Ile de la Cite island serving line 4, plus the Maubert - Mutualite stop on the left bank serving line 10 are all within walking distance.
In addition to these, the bus lines 24, 47, 63 and 89 along with the Noctilien Night Bus Service via lines N15 and N22 are also within walking distance of the Salon Chopin and many other tourist attractions in the area, as is the RER train station called the Saint-Michel - Notre Dame stop, which serves the RER lines B and C.
Address and contact details
Musee Chopin, Societe Historique et Litteraire Polonaise, Bibliotheque Polonaise de Paris, 6 Quai d’Orleans, Ile Saint Louis, 75004, Paris, Ile de France, France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 55 42 83 83
Fax: +33 (0) 1 46 33 36 31
Bibliotheque Polonaise de Paris
Musee Adam Mickiewicz
Musee Boleslaw Biegas
Paris Metro lines 1, 4, 7, 10
Bus line 24
Bus line 47
Bus lines 63, 67
Bus lines 86, 87, 89
Night bus line N15
Night bus line N22
RER Train lines B, C
Water bus service
Attractions close by
Pont de la Tournelle
Pont de Sully
Petit Musee de la Table de La Tour d’Argent
Musee de l’Institut du Monde Arabe
Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation
Square Jean XXIII
Pont de l'Archeveche
Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral
Musee de Notre Dame
Jardin Tino Rossi
Jardin des Plantes
Square Paul Langevin
Musee de la Prefecture de Police
Pavillon de l’Arsenal
Colonne de Juillet