Maison de Balzac

  • Thematic house

In the heart of the 16th arrondissement, hidden from prying eyes, is the Maison de Balzac. This was the author's only Parisian residence, now a museum.

Balzac's apartments have not changed. We find some of the writer's furniture and personal belongings, only a part of which remains because the rest was sold at auction by Mrs Hanska, his wife. In the study, the writing table is still in the same place as is his famous turquoise cane and coffee maker with his initials.

In the other rooms, there are paintings, drawings and the impressive genealogy of the characters of the "Comédie humaine". Balzac's house also contains a library with over 15,000 documents, including works annotated by the author and newspaper clippings.

Opening and closing times

From 01/01 to 31/12 between 10 am and 6 pm. Closed on Monday.


External guide accepted

"Reservation fee + entrance fee per person. A fixed price is charged for an activity with a Paris Musées cultural facilitator.
For more information on prices, contact [email protected]

Bulk ticketing: dedicated rates for CSEs, associations and communities and for tourism professionals.

Free of charge. Free admission to permanent collections
Entrance fees during exhibition periods vary.



Spoken languages

  • French

Documentation languages

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Visit languages

  • English
  • French

Languages of educational signs

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Audioguide languages

  • English
  • French

Additional information

Audioguide languages : English ans French


Metro : Passy (Line 6)
La Muette (Line 9)
RER Boulainvilliers (Line C)
Bus : 32, 50, 70, 72

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