Maison Elsa Triolet Aragon, Saint-Arnoult-en-Yvelines, 2014

Elsa Triolet - Aragon watermill

In 1951, Elsa Triolet and Louis Aragon, one of modern literature’s mythic couples, moved into the Moulin de Villeneuve. Today, the place is open to the public, and promotes contemporary art.

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In the middle of a 5-hectare park, the old Villeneuve watermill
transports visitors to the world of Elsa Triolet and Louis Aragon. Louis Aragon was a poet, one of the great voices of the Dadaist and Surrealist movements, along with his friends and contemporaries André Breton and Paul Éluard. Elsa Triolet was a Russian novelist known for being the first woman to receive the Prix Goncourt literary award (in 1945) for A Fine of 200 Francs. After the death of his wife and muse, the poet bequeathed the mill to the French nation, with the aim of making it a place of memory, research and support for artistic creation. Each year a cultural season is organised with painting exhibitions, sculpture, photography, meetings with writers and poets, musical performances…

Some of French literature’s most beautiful pages

In the apartment, everything is just as they left it: from the cane casually placed by the chimney, their private letters scattered on the desk, and the tear-off calendar suspended in time on June 16, 1970, the date of Elsa’s death. The library is almost as impressive as the collection of objects and paintings given to them by their friends Picasso, Fernand Léger and Pablo Neruda, displayed alongside contemporary works.

While the apartment-museum is only open for guided tours, you can stroll through the exhibitions and the grounds, or visit the couple's grave. Louis and Elsa were buried side by side, between two beech trees, according to Elsa’s wishes.

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Community facilities

Access and contact

Moulin de Villeneuve
78730 Saint-Arnoult-en-Yvelines

RER C Gare-d'Austerlitz to Gare-de-Dourdan + taxi or bus
SNCF Gare-Montparnasse to Gare-de-Rambouillet + taxi or bus
Bus: Express 10 available Monday to Saturday from Dourdan to Rambouillet via Maison Triolet - Aragon (stop Saint-Arnoult-Chaudières)
Car: A10 road exit 10: Saint-Arnoult-Dourdan-Rambouillet
Shuttle from Paris on certain weekends (see the heading YOUR VISIT on the website): 1pm Porte d'Orléans -> 2pm Maison Elsa Triolet-Aragon. Return : Departure at 5pm from the Maison Elsa Triolet-Aragon to the Porte d'Orléans.

Days and opening hours

From 01/02 to 3011, daily between 2 pm and 6 pm. House on guided tour only (except park and exhibitions): every weekday at 4pm, and weekends from 2pm to 6pm.


  • Full price: 11 € (Guided tour of the House, visit of the park and exhibitions) Reduced price: 9 € (Guided tour of the House, visit of the park and exhibitions).
    Free entry for children < 12 years.
    Visit only of the park and exhibitions: 6€.


  • Toilets
  • Public WC
  • Exhibition space
  • Car park
  • Free car park


  • Room hire


  • Children&#039;s entertainment
  • Temporary exhibition
  • Botanic trail
  • Permanent exhibition


Spoken languages

  • French

Guided tour languages

  • French

Single mean time tour

60 mins

Single services tour

  • Guided individual tours available permanently
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Pratical informations

  • access to the establishment: graspable outside call button
  • floor-level pathways
  • pathways that change levels are offset by a sloping surface
  • 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
  • reception desk easily identifiable and accessible
  • free admission for one accompanying person
  • free admission on presentation of proof of entitlement
  • the accessible entrance is the main entrance
  • the accessible entrance is the secondary entrance (indicated)
  • staff informed or trained
  • specific tariff policy
  • manual entrance door
  • accessible information plates
  • all documentation graspable
  • accessible cloakroom
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Communal staircase adapted for secure movement
  • adapted elevator
  • elevator
  • visual intercom
  • adapted access control to the car park
  • 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
  • staff trained in French sign language (LSF)
  • uniform signage to help people find their way around
  • text/image signage
  • 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
  • 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
  • exterior pathways identifiable by touch
  • exterior pathways visually identifiable
  • exterior lighting control system in communal areas
  • interior pathways identifiable by touch
  • interior pathways visually identifiable
  • 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
  • Legible information plates
  • specific accessible information plates
  • tactile tour
  • the dangers identified have been addressed
  • brochures/documentations classified by topic
  • simplified adapted documentation (illustration through images, photos, drawings)
  • adapted signage
  • adapted activities
  • educational workshops
  • adapted room cards
  • specific tours
  • floor-level pathways
  • adapted opening hours (morning performances)
  • children's programme
  • childcare service
  • family tariffs/free admission for children
  • secure and closed establishment
  • large lockers or left luggage lockers for pushchairs
  • possibility to leave pushchairs at the cloakroom
  • floor-level establishment
  • baby carrier loan
  • pushchair loan
  • toilet facilities suitable for children (toilet seat and washbasin height)
  • changing table
  • 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
  • floor-level pathways
  • Pathways that change levels are offset by a sloping surface
  • pets accepted on site and during guided tours
  • reception desk easily identifiable and accessible
  • reception/information desk equipped with a sound amplification system
  • free admission for persons aged over 60
  • Offer adapted to seniors
  • cloakroom
  • 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)
  • horizontal support rail
  • diagonal support rail to enable the seated person to raise themselves up easily
  • communal staircase adapted for secure movement
  • private staircase adapted for secure movement
  • stairs compensated for by a lift or an elevator
  • Legible information plates
  • Specific accessible information plates (large characters)

Moulin de Villeneuve
78730 Saint-Arnoult-en-Yvelines

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  • C. Clier
  • CRC Triolet Aragon
  • C.Clier