This charming small museum, located just a step from the Sacré Coeur, on Montmartre hill, really deserves a family visit.
As soon as you enter the soft grey door on 12 rue Cortot, you are taken back to another era. You are still in Paris, of course but in an idealized version of the city, where carriage entrances open on charming gardens with a rose bush alley that lead to a 17th century old mansion…
This places takes you back to the old and bohemian Montmartre, with a display of suggestive paintings, drawings and old posters.
The Renoir Gardens where The swing was painted ( you can even try the Renoir swing if you don’t feel it sacrilegious…) lead to Montmartre vineyard, the last one of the many that used to cover the hill (the access is forbidden but you can enjoy the view!).
In another building recently renovated and opened to the public at the end of 2014, you can discover the wonderful and inspiring studio of Suzanne Valadon, Maurice Utrillo’s mother.
The visit is never boring and easy, with a mix of paintings, garden moments and studio-appartment visit.
Moreover, the kids can even attend creative workshops including a guided visit of the museum adapted to their age. My children took part in the workshops dedicated to mother’s and father’s day and were really happy to bring a lovely gift back!
Don’t hesitate to have a look at their online agenda to know what workshops are scheduled for this coming holidays.