Maison de Jules Verne
What Jules Verne museum
Where: 2 rue Charles Dubois, Amiens, France
Ticket price: varied depending on the formula, but no more than € 7,50
The Jules Verne House (Maison de Jules Verne) in Amiens, France, is not just interesting for fans of the author’s many works, but also for people that love architecture and/or steampunk. Even if you have never read a book by Mr Verne, or seen one of the many movie adaptations, it’s still well worth the ticket price.
An added bonus is that everything is in French and English. On top of that they have maps available that guests can borrow with the translation of everything in many other languages. So it can be enjoyed even if you speak neither French nor English.
Added to that, the staff is very friendly, and whilst the gift shop is just a corner in the entrance hall, you can find some very reasonably priced gems there (provided you like your Jules Verne books in French).
Situated about 15 minutes on foot from the heart of Amiens, lies the last residence of one of the grandfathers of science fiction, and consequentially steampunk. It really is an amazing house, and was clearly custom build, as can be clearly seen from the tower that is part of the building. Even though restauration and updating has been necessary over the years, they have tried to keep it as authentic as possible, in the winter garden you can even find an umbrella from back in the day in the antique umbrella stand. Even with some modern day fixtures and flooring, the house still gives out a very a authentic feel, also because of the use of many pieces of furniture that were property of the original inhabitants, or are antiques. A fun fact is that Jules Verne himself had a steampunk home, long before this came a thing: a nautilus themed room in the attic, a wooden cabinet with hot air balloon detail and another room full of bits and bobs that would make most steampunks green with envy.
The House is a wonderful exploration throughout the life of Jules Verne, and how much he has impacted not only Amiens, France, but just how far his books have survived the times and are still popular today. Everything is very well presented, and the details are simply sublime.
If you find yourself in Amiens, it is absolutely worth it to leave the city center and follow the signs (or use a free map you can get at the tourist office near the cathedral) leading up to Jules Verne’s House. Make sure to take the scenic route past one of his real life designs come through: the Cirque de Jules Verne, because just like his home, it is well worth visiting.
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