Musée de la Pagerie

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Musée de la Pagerie information

Prices
adult/child €6/2.50
Opening hours
9am-5:30pm Tue-Sun
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This former sugar estate was the birthplace of Marie Joseph Rose Tascher de la Pagerie, the future Empress Josephine. A picturesque stone building, formerly the family kitchen, has been turned into a museum containing Josephine's childhood bed and other memorabilia. Other buildings contain such things as the Bonaparte family chart, old sugarcane equipment and love letters to Josephine from Napoleon.

Multilingual interpreters relate anecdotal tidbits about Josephine's life, such as the doctoring of the marriage certificate to make Josephine, six years Napoleon's elder, appear to be the same age as her spouse. You can poke around in the ruins of the old mill directly opposite the museum for free.