Educational groups

Welcome to Maison de Balzac!

For our youngest visitors, if you want to create tiny balzacienne, they will be enchanted by our storyteller, by her story and her writing course. They will also be fascinated by all the animations offered by our ceramicist, who has adopted a diverse selection of techniques. Their eyes will widen with what they’re learning during their visit. For older students, general visit, thematic visits, lectures, and outside tours can complement your lesson plans. The museum is involved in the “Collége Ami” program.


Services cultural and pedagogique are at your disposition to best suit your visit to previously made lesson plans. Contact us by email or by phone at 01 55 74 41 80

Prices for school groups:

Story: 30 £

Instructional Visit: 45€

Conference Visit: 30€

Tour: 38€


Elementary School Students (six and up)

Honore’s Cane (story):

Stories inspired by the life and works of Balzac, notably the magical cane that caused the skin of the person or animal who used it to glitter.

Elementary School Students ( seven to thirteen)

New! My Hero, Balzac’s Way

After discovering Balzac’s life and listening to some stories, choose the heroes inspire you in the salle des personnages  and describe them to your tour, in Balzac’s style: forget nothing! Allure, personality, family, birthplace, dreams, faults, qualities -- imagine all of it and write it all down!

Elementary School Students (seven to eleven)

Write/Design. Writing My name in the Balzac Style

Write your name, design your name, paint your name, as many variations possible. Come amuse yourself by learning how to make letters dance and discover how a simple word can take such liberty that it becomes illegible but also a work of art. On the traces of Balzac

Sketch/Model: The Balzac Circle in the Style of Calder

In the 19th Century, with an incisive eye, Honoré Daumier sketched the leisure of Parisians on or in the Seine. In your tour, imagine with humor the poses of a bather, a fisherman, or a rower in a wire sculpture.

Mignonne, Balzac’s Panther

Mignonne is the heroine of the book A Passion in the Desert. Over the course of some words, the panther takes form et the students, letting their pencils guide them, become illustrators for Balzac.

Lower the masks! Beauty, Brisket, Puff, and the others

After listening to the Balzac novel Pains in the heart of an English Cat, illustrated by Grandville, “ the Fountain of Design,” the children make masks for Beauty, Brisket, and Puff that would please them.

Elementary School Students (eight to thirteen)

The Game of Crossed Portraits:

In his physical and psychological portraits, Balzac mixed finesse, humor, and interpretation. Were the illustrators of La Comedie Humaine faithful to this style? The children can themselves agree to a game of crossed portraits.
Middle School and High School Students

Choice Letters from Madame Hanksa, Balzac’s Dream-Woman, Lover, and Eventual Wife.

First Class: the narrator alludes to this epistolary exchange of nearly twenty years and then reads aloud certain letters. Eve Hansa required Balzac to burn the letters that she addressed to him, and our listeners will write imaginary responses.
Second Class: Certain students read their written work, others the new Balzac letters.


Students allow themselves to be fascinated by the ace of metamorphosis, former convict Jacques Collin. “Monstrously Beautiful”, Balzac considered him like a necessary organ for his work. 

Eugène de Rastignac

Love, money, politics, and swift social ascension. Rastignac, model of the balzacian hero, appears in twenty-six novels. On the advice of the scandalous Vautrin, he backs down for nothing in order to satisfy his ambitions.

Passy in the Time of Balzac, “My museum, my home”

Last vestige in Passy of a house inhabited by an illustrious man from 1840 to 1847. A very modest refuge in that era, how did the spot escape Parisian interest before becoming a museum?

Balzac and Women

Balzac is a friend of women. He is also their writer and their champion. There are the women he loved, Laure de Berny, the duchess of Abrantès, Eve Hanksa, the women he admired, George Sand, and his female friends, Zulma Caraud.

Balzacian Characters in their Furniture

“The Archaeologist of Social Mobility”, it was in this way that Balzac defined himself. Installed in the heart of a mis-en-scène, each actor of the Comedie Humaine agrees with each other here.

Middle School and High School Students, Starting at 3rd Year

Balzac, Money and Creation

Balzac and money, it’s almost a tautology. We are reminded of certain myths: Balzac chained himself to his work table to pay off his debts, Balzac fleeing his creditors. We will also understand how money is a motor for the writer, in the same way as with the characters in La Comédie Humaine.

Dandies in Balzac’s Works

Rich or poor, aristocrat or bourgeois, parisian or provincial, they had opposite destinies. They could reach the summits of the state or succumb to their own ambitions.  

The Artist, According to Balzac

Balzac poses questions on the nature of genius as a medium to interrogate it in himself and in his creation. For the most part,if his artists are endowed with the power to create, wind up consuming themselves in suffering.

Enter into the Comédie Humaine

Balzac applies the theories of Buffon to study society and classify human species like animal species. He is equally interested in appearance as well as phrenology.

Middle School (3rd and 4th year) and High School Students

Balzac, A Parisian Flaneur: The Marais

Balzac’s Paris is situated in the actual Paris of his era, a Paris demolished by urban development. In the company of our conference leader, discover the Marais, neighborhood of the old Paris where Balzac’s characters lived in full color.
Balzac, A Parisian Flaneur; The Latin Quarter

Balzac, tireless observer of Paris, had numerous houses in different neighborhoods of the Capital. Due to  his insider knowledge of the Capital, he is able to capture Paris as one captures a character. In the company of our group leader, discover the Latin Quarter, neighborhood of the old Paris where Balzac’s characters lived in full color.
Science Prep Classes

Balzac and his Works: Perspective of Cousin Bette

La Cousine Bette is a program for students in science prep. We propose to science CPGE a conference on Balzac and his Works covering a perspective on Cousine Bette published at this very house in 1843.


Click here to download Les portraits selon Balzac. Créer, représenter, illustrer. (in french)