Château de Malmaison was purchased by Joséphine in 1799. It served as the seat of the French government (along with the Tuileries) from 1800-1802. After her divorce in 1809, she settled in... Read More
Château de Malmaison was purchased by Joséphine in 1799. It served as the seat of the French government (along with the Tuileries) from 1800-1802. After her divorce in 1809, she settled in permanently and it is where she passed away in 1814. To get here, take bus #258 from La Défense, and get off at the stop called Le Château. There has been a house on this site since 1244. The house you see here today is smaller than the one that Napoléon and Joséphine occupied, at the beginning of the 19th c.and only 1/20th of the grounds Joséphine originally purchased now remain. The house was entirely redecorated by Percier and Fontaine in 1800, the two architects Napoléon hired to renovate the house. The library's original decoration has been preserved and is furnished by pieces mainly brought from the Tuileries. Today the house is a national museum.
Avenue du Château de Malmaison
- Tours and Excursions: "There are no on-site dining options. So pack a lunch that you can enjoy out in the gardens, weather permitting. In the château itself, don't miss the lavish red and gilt room containing the bed, in the shape of a tent, designed by Jacob Desmalter, in which the Empress died."
- Best for Tours and Excursions Because: This is where Joséphine lived with her Napoléon, the Emperor of France, and where she died.