Located on the Impressionists’ island of Chatou, La Maison Fournaise in the 19th century was a prime spot for a colourful artistic crowd that came to have fun and dance on the water’s edge. Won over by the charm of the lovely building and its idyllic setting, which he called “the prettiest spot anywhere around Paris”, Auguste Renoir used its gorgeous balcony as inspiration and backdrop for his famous “Luncheon of the Boating Party”, in 1880.
Accessible from Paris by RER A, La Maison Fournaise has since 1992 housed a museum above its restaurant, and owns a rich collection of paintings and archives from the golden age on the banks of the Seine (not exhibited at present). To mark the centenary of Renoir’s death, the museum has been revamped and now offers a brand-new visit-with-show that pays tribute to the artist in an original immersive experience.
Renoir in hologram!
Enter the museum and, in the company of the famous painter, explore the Chatou of the late 19th century as if you were there.
All along the visit in reconstructed period décors, Renoir comes to life before your eyes thanks to new technologies, and tells you about his life, his hopes, and his work. A series of holograms, digital animation and videos will totally immerse you in the period of the Impressionist painters.
A stunning setting for learning in a fun way!
Visits start every 30 minutes. Arrive 15 to 20 minutes before the time. Length of the visit-with-show: approximately 60 minutes.
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Days and opening hours
All year round, every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 10am–12:30pm / 2–6pm Saturday and Sunday: 10.30am-1.30pm / 2pm-6pm Departures every half hour. Last departure 1 hour before closing. Reservation recommended.