The homes and museums decidated to famous Parisians

Literary greats | Artistic giants | Science & music | Dearly departed

Literary Greats

Maison de Balzac (House-Museum of Balzac) - The house-museum of towering French author Honoré de Balzac, prodigious of belly and prolific of literary output... » more

Maison de Victor Hugo (House-Museum of Victor Hugo) - The place des Vosges is one of the most elegant of Paris's residential squares, one in one of its elegant houses the great Victor Hugo wrote Les Misérables... » more

Artistic giants

Picasso Museum, Paris★★ Musée Picasso - A charming mix of the great artist's works and personal effects—even the master's paint-spattered chair [NOTE: Closed for refurbishment until 2013]... » more

Musée Rodin, Paris★★ Rodin Museum - The sculptor's studio and home, the house and its surrounding gardens filled with his greatest masterpieces... » more

Marmottan Museum, ParisMusée Marmottan-Monet - A small Impressionists museum noted for its 100 Monets, including Impression, sol levant ("Impression, sunrise") the painting that inadvertantly gave the "Impressionist" movement its name... » more

Musée National Eugene Delacroix - A museum devoted to the works of 19th-century Romantic master Delacroix in his former studio and home. If for no other reason, you should make time to squeeze it in because the Delacroix Museum is, effectively, free if you go to the Louvre since admission is covered by the same ticket (though you must visit on the same day) (

Musée Gustave Moreau - Museum devoted to a frankly forgettable 19th-century symbolist painter. Still, if you're into it, the place is free this one day a month. (

Science & music

Musée Curie - Visit the laboratory where two generations of Curies produced three Nobel Prizes, and their good works continue to be carried on by Madame Curie's Institute of Radium... » more

Musée Edith Piaf (Museum of Edith Piaf) - Life was not always so rosy for "the little sparrow," née Edith Gassion in 1915... » more

Dearly departed: Where the greats are buied

Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris Cimetière du Père-Lachaise - Paris's greatest cemetery is more like rolling, wooded parkland in which there just happen to be thousands of stone monuments—and dead people. Most famous to tourists may be that of Doors singer Jim Morrison, but Père-Lachaise is the last resting place for dozens of cultural giants. The short list: Chopin, Bizet, Edith Piaf, Proust, Molière, Balzac, Oscar Wilde, Ingres, Modigliani, Isadora Duncan, Colette, Sarah Berhardt, Gertrude Stein, and Alice B. Toklas... 16, rue du Repos (20eme); tel. +33-(0)1-71-28-50-82,; Métro: Père Lachaise Full story

Montmartre Cemetery, ParisCimetière de Montmartre - Degas, Offenbach, Truffaut, Dumas, Stendhal, Emile Zola, Gustav Moreau, Heinrich Heine, Delibes, and Berlioz all rest in peace at the Montmartre cemetery, spreading over 11 hectares and opened in 1825 on the site of a potter's field where were buried the bodies killed on both sides of the August 10, 1792, Tuileries Gardens riots that led to the end of the French monarchy... 20, avenue Rachel (18eme); tel. +33-(0)1-53-42-36-30; Métro: Place de Clichy. Full story

Brancusi's The Kiss in Montparnasse Cemetery, ParisCimetière du Montparnasse - Literary fans take note: Here lie Baudelaire, Guy de Maupassant, Samuel Beckett, Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir (buried together), as well as composer Saint-Saëns and car manufacturer Andre Citroën. For Brancusi fans: Adorning one tomb is one of the sculptor's first full-body renditions of Le Baiser (The Kiss)... 3, bd Edgar Quinet (14eme), Métro: Raspall. Full story