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“Major dissapointment”

Satie House and Museum (Maisons Satie)
Reviewed 15 August 2013

If you don't know anything about the man and his work you will not learn anything by going to the museum. i didnt actually find out anythign about his life, work or music. It cost 12 euroS and there is an audio guide WHICH DIDNT WORK - the video film at the very end was just as poor as the rest of the museum.

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Reviewed 12 July 2013

The place looked like a normal museum but Erik Satie was far from it. Eccentric it was a look at this odd character's life as you walk thru a type of carnival house with audio guide. The grand finale was a ride on a self powered merry go round with unfolding umbrella, lights and music. Bizarre but worth a look.... Gave it four stars because the AC was not working very well at all.

3  Thank roxron800
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

the house in itself was actually not all that interesting, but the fact that the guide was very good at explaining all about Erik Satie made it all worthwile, we could actually hear his music playing while listening to the explanation...

2  Thank Lyn D
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Reviewed 29 June 2013

French culture has a whimsical vein--think mimes, Cirque de Soleil, or Daft Punk--that you don't encounter in many tourist sites, but the Maison Satie provides a motherlode of whimsy for its visitors. If you want just the facts, read wikipedia. I admire how the curators of this museum solved the problem of making an interesting tourist destination about an eccentric, brilliant man using only the ancient timber-framed house in which he lived with his grandparents as a child, recordings of his extraordinary music, and simple artifacts: objects that he created, his writings, comments and videos, things that were written about him. The exhibits are themselves works of art. Most moving to me was the inventory of the contents of his Paris room made after his death, and a room in which you eavesdrop on conversations which suggest both his social and his spiritual sides. One gains an appreciation for the many disparate, even fractured, facets of his personality and life, and this helps me understand his music better. I'd say only 75% of the electronics were working the day we were there, but enough worked to make sense. The video at the end is useful if you have intermediate French.

1  Thank KHThomas
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Reviewed 22 June 2013

This is not really a museum as it does not tell you anything about Satie's life or the context in which he worked. It is a series of installations such as those constructed by Satie with musical sound effects. Headphones translate the commentary into English but do not work in all the rooms. If you do not understand Satie in advance you will be none the wiser at the end. Honfleur is such a beautiful old place that this does not feel like time well spent.

1  Thank WaltononThamesGuest
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