In this ancient building, which was transformed into an artists enclave in the 19th century, Pierre Auguste Renoir painted his famous work of art “Le Bal du Moulin de la Galette” in 1876. The picture is now on display in the Musée d’Orsay!
The Museum of Montmartre, situated in the heart of the Old Village at 12 rue Cortot, occupies one of the oldest houses in Montmartre; dating from the 17th century, it was originally the residence acquired in 1680 by Roze de Rosimond, an actress in the Molière troupe.
Some of the most beautiful pages in artistic history were written here at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th; not only Pierre Auguste Renoir lived here, but also Raoul Dufy, Othon Friesz, Emile Bernard, Maurice Utrilo, Suzanne Valadon and many, many others.
In its green surroundings, lush with foliage and overhung with vines, the Museum of Montmartre is home to a unique and varied collection of documents, paintings, drawings, engravings and porcelain, all giving a marvellous account of the life of the Butte and its artists.
As well as conjuring up the history of the Butte, it manages to recreate the festive atmosphere of the Belle Epoque with all its balls and cabarets such as the Chat Noir, the Moulin de la Galette, the Moulin Rouge and the Lapin Agile; there is also a soul-stirring reconstruction of an old Montmartre bistrot.
All year round temporary exhibitions enable you to discover a different artistic side to the Butte; up until January 2008, the Museum displayed an interesting exhibition dedicated to a surprising artist: Charles Léandre.