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“Bizarre - didn't get it but enjoyed it!”

Satie House and Museum (Maisons Satie)
Camberley, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Bizarre - didn't get it but enjoyed it!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2013

This is by no means a conventional museum!! As you walk through the house you get a rather disjointed commentary which is triggered by sensors in each room. By the time I left, I didn't know a lot more about Satie, but had a real sense of his eccentricities.

Each themed room has a modern display which in turn intrigue, amuse and bewilder!! I'm quite sure I didn't understand much of it, but I was entertained for a couple of hours and I left with a smile on my face and one of Saties tunes in my head, which even weeks later occasionally pop into my head.

The piano room was very peaceful - all white with a white piano playing Saties compositions. The kids loved the strange "cycling" machine which had 3 or 4 seats which cycled round in a circle and powered some other clockwork gadgets. It was like something out of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang".

There was also a film at the end which was well worth seeing.

Visited August 2013
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Major dissapointment”
1 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited August 2013
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Cleburne, Texas
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78 reviews
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“Weird beyond ?”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited July 2013
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Willemstad, Curacao
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“Satie House”
5 of 5 bubbles 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...

Visited June 2013
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Saint Paul, MN
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“Well worth the visit but not conventional!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited June 2013
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