We visit the Maison d’Auguste Comte

Like us, you may not have known that Auguste Comte was a French philosopher who invented positivism. Like us, you might think that visiting his home would be a rather dull affair.

Like us, you’d be wrong.

We knew nothing about Comte until a few weeks back (shame on us), except that his apartment was two minutes from the Hotel Baume and that it was open for the European Heritage Days event. Only a little later did we learn that the apartment has been conserved just as it was for the past 150 years!

Whether you’re a fan of philosophy or interior design, come take a look at out photo report…

La Maison d’Auguste Comte, Paris
photos: JasonW

If you want a glimpse of how Parisians lived over 150 years ago, the Maison d’Auguste Comte is perfect for you. We loved the philsopher’s cute little bed and smart wallpaper, for example.

We were also surprised to learn that his servant Sophie Bliaux was also his adopted daughter, and that the oven in the kitchen was only discovered during renovation of the museum in 2014.

So how did an apartment get stuck in time like this? Well, after the philospher died in the mid-1800s, his friends and ‘disciples’ all chipped in to save the apartment from being sold or altered.

The maison / apartment / museum has slightly quirky opening hours – it’s only open on Tuesdays from 6-9pm and Wednesdays from 2-5pm – but it’s a fascinating place where you can see how people lived in the centre of Paris in the 19th century. You’ll also learn a little about how extraordinary Auguste Comte was.

We very much enjoyed it! Check out our photos to see what’s in store if you decide to go down too…
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The Maison d’Auguste Comte (here) is open Tuesdays from 6-9pm and Wednesdays from 2-5pm

Admission: 4€ / 2€

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