Musée Jacquemart-André on Boulevard Haussmann is one of the most distinguished and impressive private museums in Paris. The mansion that houses the previous owners' personal collection of Italian sculptures, paintings and artifacts amongst other hidden gems was built in 1869. The owners of this mansion, Édouard André, from a wealthy Protestant family, and Nélie Jacquemart, a Catholic artist from a modest upbringing, married in 1881 and lived together in the private mansion now known as the Musée Jacquemart-André until 1912. Monsieur André funded the construction of his mansion before marrying Nélie Jacquemart, and used his mansion to house the start of his private art collection. Édouard André and Nélie Jacquemart never had any children of their own but rather devoted their entire lives to traveling the world in search of additions to their art collection, that you can see today in the museum. After Édouard André died in 1893, his wife Nélie Jacquemart continued traveling and contributing to their collection until her death in 1912 when the mansion and their collection was left to the Institut de France. The mansion opened as a museum to the public in December 1913.
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Why visit Musée Jacquemart-André?
The Jacquemart-André Museum, as it is not as well-known as the larger museums in Paris, will be less crowded with almost no line at the ticket counter, which are rare finds at museums in Paris! Additionally, the museum is similar to the Château de Versailles in the sense that you can wander throughout the halls while surrounding yourself with artwork, visit private apartments and climb grand staircases, in the very heart of Paris. Also if you want to break for a coffee or even a proper lunch, the Café Jacquemart-André is a lovely and ornate tea room located in the former dining room of Édouard André and Nélie Jacquemart, where in the warmer months of the year you can enjoy your tea out on the terrace. You can also access this café without entering the museum, which makes it a wonderful Sunday brunch location!
Temporary Exhibitions at Musée Jacquemart-André:
Another inciting feature of Musée Jacquemart-André is their consistent temporary exhibitions. From September 2016 until the end of January 2017, there is an exhibition that features works by the Dutch master, Rembrandt. This Rembrandt exhibition, titled "Rembrandt in confidence" is a carefully curated exhibition that brings together over 30 Rembrandt paintings and drawings temporarily on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, the National Gallery of London, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Musée du Louvre in Paris and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. The exhibition aims to explore "the key phases in Rembrandt’s career" while retracing "the artist’s stylistic development and highlights the intimate side of his creative process." Admission to the temporary exhibitions at Musée Jacquemart-André are included in the price of general admission.
Practical Information Musée Jacquemart-André:
Museum hours: Open everyday 10am-6pm, Mondays until 8:30pm
Café hours: Mondays 11:45-8:30, Tuesdays-Fridays 11:45-5:30, Weekends open at 11am
Ticket prices: Adult 13.50€, Reduced 10.50€, Free under age 7 and for the second child with 2 accompanying adults
Audio guide: 3€
Exhibition booklet: 1€
INSIDR inside tip! DO purchase the audio guide for your visit or DO your homework even before visiting Musée Jacquemart-André as the wall text in the exhibition space is only written in French, while the audio guide is available in English, French and 7 other languages.
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