Musée de Montmartre & Renoir gardens

Tucked behind the Sacré-Cœur, this former artists’ haven allows visitors a giddy glimpse of Montmartre life during the Belle Époque, the neighbourhood’s cultural heyday.

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At the heart of Montmartre village, close to the Sacré-Coeur basilica the 17th-century Bel Air House holds one of the capital’s most charming museums. The house owes its fame to the artists who lived and worked there: including the great Impressionist master Auguste Renoir, as well as Suzanne Valadon, Émile Bernard and the Fauve artists Émile-Othon Friesz and Raoul Dufy.

The cabaret capital

Set in an authentic period decor, photos, canvases and posters pay homage to Montmartre icons like the Moulin Rouge. And the French Cancan and the Chat Noir Cabaret have a whole room devoted to them. Meanwhile, an immersive show in the Claude Charpentier room traces the history and cultural effervescence of Montmartre through the eyes of the painter Suzanne Valadon.

Continue the visit by exploring the four rooms of Valadon’s studio-apartment, restored to look as it did at the time. Behind bay windows, the bedroom of her son, the artist Maurice Utrillo, is impressively true-to-life. Meanwhile, the adjacent Hôtel Demarne building holds temporary exhibitions.

A patch of countryside in the heart of Paris

The museum’s setting alone warrants the visit: the Renoir Gardens provided the backdrop for one of Renoir’s masterpieces, The Swing, on display at the Musée d’Orsay, and today offer an unprecedented view over the north of Paris and the Clos Montmartre vineyard.

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12 rue Cortot
75018 Paris 18ème

Metro Lamarck-Caulaincourt, Abbesses stations (line 12)

Days and opening hours

All year round, daily between 10 am and 7 pm. 25th December and 1st January : 11:30 am to 6 pm.
Nighttime visits every wednesday in July and August until 10 pm.
Café Renoir: open Wednesday to Sunday from 11.30 am to 6 pm.


  • Full price: 15 € (During the exhibition period).
    Free entry for children < 10 years. Group rate available for > 15 people.
    Free entry: tourism professionals, ICOM cardholders (upon presentation).
    Guided tour with a museum lecturer : €18.


  • Pets welcome


Spoken languages

  • French

Documentation languages (home)

  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Japanese

Single mean time tour

90 mins

Single services tour

  • Unguided individual tours available permanently
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  • Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance
  • Doors >=77 cm wide
  • Lift (80 x 130 cm) and door >= 77 cm
  • WC + grab handle + adequate space to move
Access for people with disabilities.

12 rue Cortot
75018 Paris 18ème

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