Malmaison Castle is a castle situated in the commune of Rueil-Malmaison, in the department of Hauts-de-Seine west of Paris. The origin of its name, "Mala domus" (bad house), which dates from 1244, may be linked to a hideout used by Norman invaders who carried out raids in the surrounding area. The small and unpretentious castle, built in the eighteenth century by a rich banker, entered the history books when Joséphine de Beauharnais, wife of Napoléon Bonaparte, acquired it during the French Revolution. Between 1800 and 1802 the place became, along with the Tuileries garden, the seat of the French government, and Napoléon regularly stayed there until 1804. The castlebecame a national museum under Napoléon and was, under the auspices of the Association of National Museums, restored to the state it had enjoyed under the Consulate and the First Empire. Visitors can explore the sumptuous bedroom of Joséphine de Beauharnais, with its original bed; the Emperor's bedroom; or even the dazzling Sèvres porcelain dinner service, used for stately receptions. The castle forms part of the Malmaison Estate, which also includes Bois-Préau Château, where the annex to the museum of Malmaison Castle is housed; Little Malmaison, with its park and the Vert-Mont estate (private properties); and finally, the garden of Œillets Villa. Since May 2011, visitors may also explore the Osiris Lodge, which houses the collections of Malmaison's donor. Pariscityvision invites you to discover the new minibus excursion, Napoleon - Chateau de Malmaison & Petite Malmaison - by minibus, with priority access and arrangements made at your hotel in Paris.
Tour available from April 1, 2015
Experience a day with Napoleon. Visit with your guide the Castle of Malmaison and the Petite Maison dedicated to Josephine de Beauharnais. After lunch, visit the Hotel des Invalides and discover Napoleon's tumb.