Aix 3rd - 15th July 1815:
The house of the Maritime
Sub-Prefect Captain Casimir in Rochefort where
Napoleon stayed from the 3rd to the 8th of July
The Monument at Fouras
marking the spot
Napoleon Left Mainland France on the 8th of July
The ferry to Ille d Aix at Fouras
The house on Ile d Aix in which
Napoleon spent the 8th to the 15th when he surrendered to Maitland aboard the
below are pictures from
the interior of the house now a museum dedicated to Napoleon
Number 2 on the map is the
position of the Museum
house was bought by Baron Napoleon Gourgaud (1891-1944), great grandson
of General Gaspard Gourgaud (1783-1852), who was present when the
Emperor left the Île d'Aix ,and who would follow him to Saint Helena.
Thanks to his wife’s fortune, the rich American Eva Gebhard (1886-1959),
Napoleon Gourgaud was able to acquire much historical memorabilia to
which he added gifts that he obtained from his friends, many of whom
were part of the nobility of the Empire. He opened his Napoleon Museum
in the Emperor’s house in 1928, and gave it to the State in 1933
retaining a life interest.
his death, in 1944, his widow continued his work, and when she died in
1959, the museum became part of the Musée National de Malmaison.
Reorganised for the first time in 1970-1971, the museum displays were
redesigned in 1994-1995. Each of its ten rooms focuses on a specific
theme, retracing, as far as possible, the life of the Emperor and his
entourage. Some rooms are devoted to the history of the Île d'Aix, the
Gourgaud family and to the legend of Napoleon whose prolific exploits
marked the 19th century.
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