It’s all opulence and grandeur at this hôtel particulier on Boulevard Haussmann. The Musée Jacquemart-André is a private art collection with everything that you might expect. Rich, deep red velvet walls; fine Italian Renaissance and Byzantine art; a Fragonard (currently, unfortunately, on loan to an exhibition); an unexpected, but very delightful, run in with Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun.
Creaking wooden floorboards and a winter’s indoor garden, elegant drapes sloping gently, tied back with regal tassels. I would say that personally, the art and atmosphere were rather somber for my taste (I’m an Impressionist gal, through and through), but coming here is an experience you must savour at least once. Have tea or lunch in the salon if you have time.
Visiting Musée Jacquemart-André
The beauty of this museum is that it’s hiding in plain sight. You have to walk down a corridor, as the entrance is in the back. However, that just makes it even more delightful to discover.
Getting to the Musée Jacquemart-Andre
The museum is open everyday from 10h-18h and is located at 158 Boulevard Haussmann 75008. Métro lines Miromesnil (9, 13), Saint Philippe du Roule (9), and Saint Augustin will bring you here.
Tickets are 12€ full-price; 10€ students; 7,50€ <26. This is a great rainy-day activity, as the museum, though not one of the big ones, is still grand and has a robust collection that’ll keep you occupied for an afternoon.
Exploring the Museum
The permanent collection includes works by François Boucher, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Jacques-Louis David, Rembrant, and Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun. That’s just naming a few! As you can see, it may not be the Louvre, but it brings heavy-hitters—Botticelli included.
There are also exhibitions that run periodically. You can check their websites for the latest news.
Food and Drink at the Café Jacquemart-André
If you find yourself in need of refreshment while there, the Café Jacquemart-André invites you to dine in the mansion’s former dining room. Some say it has the most beautiful tea room in Paris—how’s that for giving Angelina a run for its money?
Light lunches are available, as well as a dedicated selection of pastries.
The tea room is open from 11h45 to 18h Monday through Friday, and from 11h on Saturdays. Brunch is served on Sundays from 11h to 14h30.
Should you just want refreshment, you do not require a museum ticket to visit the café.
Photos on film with Norman, my Nikon F100!
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