Immerse yourself in the intimacy of the artist by visiting his iconic house in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, at 5 bis rue de Verneuil. Opposite, at number 14, a museum, a bookshop/boutique and the Gainsbarre will take you through the work and history of Serge Gainsbourg.
An iconic address
Serge Gainsbourg lived in this private hotel from 1969 until his death in 1991. Since then, the place has remained unchanged, preserved by his daughter, Charlotte Gainsbourg. The house has become a sanctuary, and she has insisted on keeping it exactly the same**, right down to the cigarette butts in the ashtray.
The address has become a place of pilgrimage for fans. Standing out among the classic Haussmannian buildings of the street, the façade is covered with graffiti. But the gate has always remained closed, well away from prying eyes.
No one, until now, has been able to see the living room filled with knick-knacks and press articles, the piano, the room covered with black fabrics or Jane Birkin's wax dolls.
A visiting experience
With headphones on, small groups discover the house at 5 bis rue de Verneuil to the rhythm of an original soundtrack. Guided by the voice of Charlotte, you wander around the two floors of the house for about 30 minutes.
You will be accompanied, to the rhythm of your visit, by a collection of unpublished sound archives, sounds collected in the intimacy of the place, memories and anecdotes told by Charlotte.
Opposite Gainsbourg's mythical house, at 14 rue de Verneuil, a museum brings together permanent collections and a space dedicated to temporary exhibitions.
During a visit of approximately one hour, immerse yourself in the artist's world through emblematic objects that belonged to him: manuscripts, works, clothes, jewellery, etc. In front of your eyes, rare and sometimes unpublished television, photographic, film and radio archives. And you will hear Serge Gainsbourg, himself, tell his own story.
The bookshop and the Gainsbarre
Like a concept store, the bookshop/boutique at 14 rue de Verneuil mixes books with records, photographs, iconic objects, clothes and fashion accessories.
At the same address, the Gainsbarre is a café-restaurant by day and a piano bar by night. The epicentre of the life of the Maison Gainsbourg, it is inspired by the early years of Serge Gainsbourg's musical career.
Both venues are free access.
Take also a look at the many museums and cultural sites in the Paris Region.
75007 Paris 7ème
- Copyright image:
- Alexis Raimbault - Maison Gainsbourg, 2023