Chateau de Malmaison was the home of Napoleon Bonaparte and his first wife, Joséphine de Beauharnais, who bought it in 1799. Since then, Chateau de Malmaison served as the seat of government from 1800 to 1802 and then became Joséphine’s property in 1809 after the couple divorced.
After serving as her home and then, amongst other things, as a military barracks, Chateau de Malmaison became the property of the state.
Today, Chateau de Malmaison is open to the public, allowing visitors to view Napoleon's former bedroom and that where his first wife died. Frescos and paintings are found throughout and there is a museum dedicated to Napoleon in the grounds.
Château de Malmaison is located in Rueil-Malmaison, 12 km northwest of Paris along RN13. By train: RER line A from Grande Arche de la Défense and then bus route 258, alighting at Le Château. There is also a Rueil tourist train (free) available daily except Tuesdays, April-October, which travels from Place de l’Europe near Rueil RER station and to the main tourist sites, including Château de Malmaison.
Chateau de Malmaison is open daily except Tuesdays, 10am-5:15 pm (closed from 12:30pm to 1:30pm). Opening times extended to 5:45pm on weekends and from April to September. Admission costs €6, free for under 26s and concessions are available. Entry is free on the first Sunday of each month.
Château de Malmaison, Avenue du château, 92 500 Rueil-Malmaison
+33 1 41 29 05 57
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