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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Description

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.

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.

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 from Monday to Saturday - (stop at Saint-Arnoult-Chaudières)

Route A10 exit 10 : Saint-Arnoult-Dourdan-Rambouillet

Days and opening hours

From 01/02 to 3112, daily. Guided tours of the museum-apartment-on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 14:00 to 18:00 and on weekdays to 16:00.

Exhibitions and gardens open everyday from 14:00 to 18:00.

Prices

  • 9 €
  • Adult: 9 € (Visit only of the park and exhibitions : €5).

    Free entry for children < 12 years.

    Visit only of the park and exhibitions: 5€

    The entrance gives access to the commented visit of the house, to the free visit of the exhibitions, to the bookshop-boutique area, and to the park (no animals allowed).

Tour

Spoken languages

  • French
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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
  • 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
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 (if possible 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
Ascenseur
  • adapted elevator
  • elevator
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
  • 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 desk easily identifiable and accessible
  • 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 (if possible 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
  • Legible information plates
  • Specific accessible information plates (large characters)

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