A museum celebrating the famous composer Claude Debussy

A museum celebrating the famous composer Claude Debussy
38 rue au Pain
78100 Saint-Germain-en-Laye

01 30 87 20 63

A special place, assembling a collection of objects associated with the famous French composer in the house where he was born: Claude Debussy's birthplace is located in the historic quarter of Saint-Germain-en-Laye.

It was in this 17-century house in the town that Claude Debussy was born, on 22 August 1862, and spent his early childhood. His father ran a china shop on the ground floor.
After the composer's death in 1918, it soon became the main gathering place of his many admirers.

Once inside, you will discover a wonderful little inner courtyard, where a splendid wooden staircase will lead you up to the museum.

The museum, officially recognised as a 'Maison des illustres' ('Houses of the Famous'), displays objects and photographs that help provide a better understanding of the composer's creative process. In fact, Debussy liked to surround himself with objects from different places and artistic movements, which influenced his music. For example, a Japanese lacquered panel, which came from his Parisian mansion, depicting two fish swimming under a willow, musically metamorphosed into 'Poissons d'or', a piano piece (1907).

A small museum but a grand tribute to one of France's greatest composers!

Location

Openings

Every day throughout the year.
Closed Monday and Tuesday.
Closed exceptionally on bank holidays.

Prices

Free entry for children < 12 years, press, mountain guides, disabled people and accompanying persons.

For members of ICOM and the Ministry of Culture on presentation of a card and for everyone on the first Sunday of the month.

Full fee: 5€
Reduced fee: 3€ (under 26 years, job-seekers, groups of 10+ people).

Meeting room hire

Number of rooms : 1
Capacity : 50 seats

Auditorium
Capacity : 50 seats
Disposition : theatre style (50 seats)


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