Nestling in a quiet valley overlooking Chambéry, this country house was the home of Jean-Jacques Rousseau when he stayed with Mme de Warrens from 1736 to 1742.

Museum Les Charmettes, House of Jean-Jacques Rousseau Chambéry


Chambéry (73000)
Unguided individual tours available permanently
Guided individual tours on request
Average duration of an individual visit : 01h00

The House of Charmettes is described in books V and VI of the Confessions and in the 10th of the Reveries of the solitary walker. From the revolutionary period, it became a pilgrimage site for visitors from all over the world and many celebrities (George Sand and Alphonse de Lamartine tell their visit with emotion).
Classified as a historic monument in 1905, it is also a preserved natural site, and a botanical garden. This place, where the personality of one of the greatest writers of the French language was formed, is testament to Rousseau's influence in the evolution of universal thought: nature, romance, education, happiness, the century of Enlightenment, human rights and citizenship.

With its peaceful atmosphere, Les Charmettes is today a museum of literary memories. The French garden of Les Charmettes contains a collection of medicinal plants, vegetables, fruits and condiments as in the eighteenth century.

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    Free of charge. Audioguide: €1 - Free loan of tablets at the reception desk.


    Languages spoken : French
    Languages of documentation : Italian, French
    Languages visits : English, French, Italian
    Languages informatives signs : English, French, Italian
    Languages audio guide : English, French, Italian


    Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
    Closed on Mondays and public holidays.

    Labels and rating

    Museum of France
    Municipal museum

    • Wi-fi
    • Car park
    • Private parking
    • Coach parking
    • Toilets
    • Temporary exhibition


    890 chemin des Charmettes 73000 Chambéry

    Close to bus line 15 (stop "Charmettes"). More information on

    • Not accessible in a wheelchair

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    Information update on 24/04/2024 by Grand Chambéry Alpes Tourisme