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Château de Malmaison

West of Paris, in a beautiful green setting, the Château de Malmaison invites you into the intimacy of Napoleon and Josephine.

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Description

It is the story of a true coup de cœur, the one that Josephine de Beauharnais, wife of Napoleon Bonaparte had for this beautiful residence located today only a few minutes away by train from the capital. She bought it in 1799 (without saying anything to her husband…) and never stopped transforming it into a haven of peace.

Decorated in the antique style by the famous architects of the time, Percier and Fontaine, the castle became between 1800 and 1802 the seat of the French government, a place where Napoleon liked to gather his ministers. Great
political decisions were taken within these walls… After crossing the first vestibule in the shape of a tent, you are plunged into the heart of the daily life of its most famous owners, from Josephine's bedroom, where she died in 1814, to the music room where the harp of the Empress still sits, passing through the Marengo room and its weapons that belonged to Napoleon.

Malmaison Castle also holds an impressive collection of souvenirs from the Emperor's exile on St Helena Island from 1815 until his death in 1821. These memorabilia objects, rarely exhibited, are now part of the permanent collection.

I love my roses

The park of the castle is so impregnated with the presence of the Empress that one could almost hear the wrinkling of her dress in the alleys… Fascinated by botany, Josephine cultivated exotic plants alongside her important collection of roses. The discovery of the rose garden and its some 150 varieties of flowers represents a true olfactory journey and a nice ending to your imperial visit!

Discover the Château de Malmaison through one of the treasure hunts in the Paris Region Adventures application specially designed for families and downloadable free of charge.

Napoleon left a deep mark on the history of Paris and its region. Discover the man behind the legend.

TOP TIP: the admission ticket to the Château de Malmaison is included in the Paris Region Pass Experience.

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Community facilities

Access and contact

Avenue du Château de Malmaison
92500 Rueil-Malmaison

RER A / Rueil-Malmaison station or metro line 1 up to La Defense, and then bus no. 258: ‘Le Château’ bus stop
Disabled access - only on the ground floor, Osiris lodge, car lodge and park.

Days and opening hours

From 01/04 to 3009. Closed on Tuesday.
From 01/10 to 3103. Closed on Tuesday.

Prices

  • 6.5 €
  • Full price: 2 € Reduced price: 5 € Adult: from 6.50 €.
    Free entry for children < 26 years, disabled people and accompanying persons.
    Before coming to the castle, remember to book your time slot.

Facility

  • Toilets
  • Parking

Services

  • Educational visits
  • Guided tours

Activities

  • Children&#039;s entertainment
  • Temporary exhibition

Tour

Spoken languages

  • English
  • French

Guided tour languages

  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French

Documentation languages (home)

  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French

Single mean time tour

60 mins

Single services tour

  • Unguided individual tours available permanently
  • Guided individual tours on request
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Accessibility

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Access

Pratical informations

Extérieur
  • access to the establishment: graspable outside call button
  • floor-level pathways
  • pathways that change levels are offset by a sloping surface
Parking
  • adapted access control to the car park
  • reserved and adapted parking space located close to the entrance of the site
  • parking spaces laid out and connected to the road or building by an accessible pathway
Accueil
  • free admission for one accompanying person
  • free admission on presentation of proof of entitlement
  • the accessible entrance is the main entrance
  • staff informed or trained
  • specific tariff policy
  • manual entrance door
Information
  • accessible information plates
  • all documentation graspable
Vestiaire
  • accessible cloakroom
Équipements
  • multimedia content access system
  • spaces equipped with reserved spaces and adapted to people in wheelchairs
  • floor-level establishment
  • wheelchair loan
  • seated area available
  • seated areas available (several spread out across the entire site)
Sanitaires
  • présence d’un lave main dans les sanitaires adaptés
  • accessible communal toilets
  • toilets: transfer direction onto the toilet seat to the right
  • toilets: transfer direction onto the toilet seat to the left
Escalier
  • Communal staircase adapted for secure movement
Parking
  • visual intercom
  • adapted access control to the car park
Accueil
  • acceo: instant speech transcription and visio-interpretation in French sign language (LSF)
  • reception/information desk equipped with a hearing assistance system with a magnetic loop
  • reservation/contact via SMS and/or email
  • reservation possible by webcam
Information
  • staff trained in French sign language (LSF)
Signalétique
  • uniform signage to help people find their way around
  • text/image signage
Équipements
  • performance or tour assistance aids
  • visual alarm with flashing light in isolated spaces
  • intercom equipped with a hearing assistance system with a magnetic loop
  • audiovisuals are in French sign language (LSF)
  • subtitled audiovisuals
  • visioguide with overlay in French sign language (LSF)
  • subtitled visioguide
Visite
  • audioguides equipped with a volume control device
  • audioguides equipped with induction loops
  • independent visit possible
  • guided tour in French sign language (LSF)
  • guided tour in international sign language (ISL)
  • guided tours with lip reading
  • guided tours with an amplifying device
  • guided tours with a magnetic loop device
Extérieur
  • exterior pathways identifiable by touch
  • exterior pathways visually identifiable
  • exterior lighting control system in communal areas
Accueil
  • interior pathways identifiable by touch
  • interior pathways visually identifiable
Équipements
  • audioguide with description elements
  • audioguide with guidance elements
  • Braille documentation
  • documentation in enlarged characters
  • swell paper documentation
  • floor-level establishment
  • offset or no obstacles at face height
  • navigation assistance tool (e.g. map/model - in relief/large characters/contrasting colours)
  • possibility to control the lighting
  • magnifying glass loan
  • glass surfaces identifiable via contrasted elements in relation to the immediate surroundings
  • audiodescription system
Visite
  • Legible information plates
  • specific accessible information plates
  • tactile tour
Extérieur
  • the dangers identified have been addressed
Information
  • brochures/documentations classified by topic
  • simplified adapted documentation (illustration through images, photos, drawings)
Signalétique
  • adapted signage
Visite
  • adapted activities
  • educational workshops
  • adapted room cards
  • specific tours
Extérieur
  • floor-level pathways
Accueil
  • adapted opening hours (morning performances)
  • children's programme
  • childcare service
  • family tariffs/free admission for children
Information
  • secure and closed establishment
Vestiaire
  • large lockers or left luggage lockers for pushchairs
  • possibility to leave pushchairs at the cloakroom
Équipements
  • floor-level establishment
  • baby carrier loan
  • pushchair loan
Sanitaires
  • toilet facilities suitable for children (toilet seat and washbasin height)
  • changing table
Visite
  • children's/family applications for the tour
  • audioguides with a children's circuit
  • children's visit booklets/games
  • pushchairs accepted for the tour
  • visioguides with a children's circuit
Extérieur
  • floor-level pathways
  • Pathways that change levels are offset by a sloping surface
Accueil
  • pets accepted on site and during guided tours
  • reception/information desk equipped with a sound amplification system
  • free admission for persons aged over 60
Information
  • Offer adapted to seniors
Vestiaire
  • cloakroom
Équipements
  • documentation in enlarged characters
  • floor-level establishment
  • wheelchair loan
  • magnifying glass loan
  • cane wheelchair loan
  • seated areas available (several spread out across the entire site)
Sanitaires
  • horizontal support rail
  • diagonal support rail to enable the seated person to raise themselves up easily
Escalier
  • communal staircase adapted for secure movement
  • private staircase adapted for secure movement
Ascenseur
  • stairs compensated for by a lift or an elevator
Visite
  • audioguides equipped with a volume control device
  • audioguides equipped with induction loops
  • Legible information plates
  • Specific accessible information plates (large characters)