Montmartre is a large hill residing in the 18th arrondissement of Paris city. Musée de Montmartre or the Museum of Montmartre is devoted to history of the location. Besides that, Montmartre’s museum also chronicles Parisian cabaret events of Moulin Rouge and Lapin Agile alongside the works of prominent artists like Auguste Renoir, and Émile Bernard to name two.
The origins of Musée de Montmartre traces back to the 17th Century – it was known then as ‘Bel Air House’. This makes the museum the oldest existing building on top of the Montmartre hill. It is a must-visit attraction, which you should surely explore when on Paris walking tours to 18th arrondissement. The museum building retains the medieval charm of City of Lights. In its summit resides Sacré-Cœur Basilica, the Roman Catholic Church, which is another one of those popular tourist attractions featured in all Paris walking tours.
Besides Auguste Renoir and Émile Bernard, many other artists have lived and worked in the museum workshop. A portion of the Musée de Montmartre’s second floor depicts their works through personal lithographs, furniture and other collections. However, when you tour the museum anytime soon, make it a point to explore the gardens in Montmartre. The gardens overlook the vineyard in Montmartre, which offers enticing views to the visitors there.
Montmartre region is famous for the Parisian cabaret clubs such as the Moulin Rouge, the oldest one Lapil Agile and Carrousel de Paris. When you visit the museum, you can understand the nightlife of Paris of foregone times through postures, paintings, and so forth.
Montmartre of French Revolution period was a place infamous for bloodshed, and the Musée de Montmartre records that through its many artworks. Temporary exhibits are also held at the museum, which all depict living artists of the foregone past. However, the museum is relevant for the present times since it recaps the cultural activities of the Parisians in Butte Montmartre.
Musée de Montmartre stays open to public access each day from 10:00 am to 06:00 pm, except for National Holidays in France much like most of the popular museums in Paris. If you are planning to go there, be mindful of the fact that you can only enter 45 minutes prior to the stipulated closing time. The entry is free of cost for children below 10 years, whereas adults may have to get tickets for a coveted entry alongside kids.