Jean Monnet House
Jean Monnet House is a place to discover the life and work of one of the architects of today’s Europe. The interactive permanent exhibition introduces you to Jean Monnet and lets you explore his achievements up-close. Its multimedia activities show you his impact on today’s Europe and how the European institutions affect your life.
Steeped in European history, Jean Monnet’s home in Bazoches-sur-Guyonne witnessed decades of the statesman’s tireless work. Located 45km to the west of Paris, it was the ideal retreat from the hubbub of the French capital where Monnet could develop his vision of European peace and unity. Entrance is free and visits take around 60 minutes.
|Monday − Sunday|
|10.00 − 18.00|
Museum is closed on: 1 January 24, 25, 31 December
Individual visitors and groups of less than 6 people do not need prior booking to visit the museum. Visitors can enjoy the exhibition at their own pace, with the multimedia guides available in French, English and German.
Groups of more than 10 people must book in advance for both multimedia guide and guided visits.
Visits with a multimedia guide are available in French, English and German and must be booked a minimum of one week in advance.
Guided visits are available in French, English, German, Spanish and Italian. These must be booked at least 3 weeks in advance and can be tailored to interests of the group. They can focus on a variety of topics from the European Union today to the historic view of European peace. Creative workshops for school groups can also be organised to allow students to discover issues like European citizenship and how Europe responds to climate change.
To book a group visit, please call:
+33 (0)1 34 86 12 43
+32 (0)2 28 41 357
Who was Jean Monnet?
Born and raised in a family of cognac producers, Jean Monnet spent his life working across borders. He was always convinced that people are better off when they join forces. He started his career in the family business moving later to international finance. During both World Wars, he was instrumental in convincing the Allies to work together.
After 1945, Monnet worked to find a permanent solution to the resurgence of war on the European soil. With an eye to putting an end to Franco-German rivalry, he and Robert Schuman developed a plan for European countries to share coal and steel production, leading to the creation of the first European Community – the European Coal and Steel Community – and paving the way for further European cooperation.