Maison de Balzac

47 rue Raynouard - 75016 Paris

Trocadéro - Passy - 16e Arrondissement


In the heart of the former village of Passy, the Maison de Balzac is the only one of the novelist's Parisian homes that remains today. It was in this pavilion on the hillside of Passy that Balzac wrote 'La Comédie humaine'. The museum displays, among other things, personal memorabilia of the writer and his family, as well as numerous first editions, manuscripts and illustrations. Paintings, engravings and documents relating to his family and contemporaries are also on display. The museum organizes exhibitions and events on themes relating to the writer.
Documentation centre, concerts, readings (for adults).


  • Arts décoratifs
  • Littérature
  • Manuscrits
  • Mobilier
  • Peinture
  • Photographie

Epoque des collections

  • Rococo (XVIIIe)
  • Néoclassicisme (XVIIIe - XIXe)
  • Romantisme (XVIIIe - XIXe)
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Services and facilities of the establishment

  • Educational activities
  • Gift shop
  • Bookshop
  • Restaurant

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Italian

Documentation in a foreign language

  • English

Educational activities

1hr30 story workshop for over 6s inspired by the life and work of Balzac, 1hr30 themed activities for 6-11s, 1hr30 family and school group tours with commentary, 1hr30 themed walks in Paris, 1hr30 workshops-lectures for children and school groups in the 3rd arrondissement. Booking required: call +33 (0) 1 55 74 41 80 or email


Rose Bakery tea room open at the same time as the Maison de Balzac.

Entrance fees and modalities

Independent tour

Permanent collections: free entry. Temporary exhibitions: entry fee. The Carte Paris Musées (Paris Museum Card) gives you access to all temporary exhibitions in museums belonging to the Mairie de Paris, with unlimited access and no queues. The card is valid for a year. Prices: €40 (individual card); €60 (card for 2 people); €20 (less than 26 years old). More information is available at

Group tour

Bookings by phone on +33 (0) 1 55 74 41 80 from Monday to Friday 10am-1pm, or by email at


Permanent collections are free for all visitors. Fee for temporary exhibitions: see

Free for young people and children

Under 18 years.

Closing times


Opening times

Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-6pm. Closed certain public holidays. See website:

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Maison de Balzac

47 rue Raynouard
75016 Paris
Tel.. +33 (0) 1 55 74 41 80

  • Subway - Passy
  • RER - Boulainvilliers
  • Bus - 22, 32, 52, 70, 72

Offer adapted to disabled visitors

  • Hearing Hearing
  • Visual Visual

Access facilities

  • Free admission for disabled visitors on presentation of proof
  • Free admission for the accompanying person

Accessibility information

Free for all (except during temporary exhibitions)
Hearing impaired:
- Booking/ contact by SMS and/or email
- Audioguides equipped with induction loops
- Self-guided tours possible
Visually impaired :
- External light management system in common areas
- Tactile visit
- On the website: consultation of the entire 'Comédie Humaine' and, with a browser, the possibility of enlarging the font size.
- With specific equipment, access to the text through a summarized reading or Braille transcription.
- Souffleurs d'Images" (Image whisperers) proposed by the association Regard'en France Cie, Centre Recherche Théâtre Handicap (rbookings:
- Tactile visits are available for groups on request.

More details on accessibility

Museum in the same district: Trocadéro - Passy

Museum in the same arrondissement: 16th arrondissement

Museum in Paris and in the Paris Region: Museum

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