After Nelie Jacquemart died, she bequeathed the whole estate and collections to the Institut de France, so that the mansion would become a museum for everyone to appreciate what they had been so passionate about, but even the history of the Jacquemart-Andre Museum is also a fascinating read.
And from Italian Renaissance art, 18th century French masterpieces, works by the
Flemish masters, numerous items of furniture, the panelling, frescos, ceiling paintings and even a beautiful winter garden, these are just some of the things that you can get to see when you visit this often overlooked museum in Paris.
Not forgetting that there are also the more personal items on display from their own private collection such as objet d’art and souvenirs, so this gives you the opportunity to wander around in a more relaxed and homely feel, compared to many of the starch royal palaces.
Each of the rooms at the Jacquemart-Andre museum tells a story and makes you feel that you want to discover more, yet if you want to relax for a short while, there is also a tea room that is located in the original dining room with its magnificent Tiepolo ceiling called the Jacquemart-Andre Cafe.
So you can discover an authentic atmosphere of a typical Parisian mansion house that was owned by passionate art collectors, and in addition to the permanent collections, there are also temporary exhibitions conducted as well.
Access to the Musee Jacquemart-Andre
Located close to the famous Champs Elysees Avenue and the Arc de Triomphe within the 8th Arrondissement of Paris this is one of the museums in Paris that is open virtually every day of the year except for National French holidays.
The Musee Jacquemart-Andre is open from 10am to 6pm, however, when there are temporary exhibitions, then there are two late night openings on a Monday and a Saturday, when the museum does not close until 9pm.
There is also a gift shop, which is open the same times as the museum and the Jaquemart-Andre Café opens each day, but the times are different, yet both of these can also be accessed without having to tour the museum.
The cost of entry is €11 per person as of 2012, however there is a reduced rate of €9.50 for persons under the age of 18 and it is free to children under the age of 7. But if you are visiting this museum as a family and have two children above the age of 7, then one child can visit completely free when you purchase two adult tickets and a reduced rate ticket for the first child.
Within this cost you will be provided with a free audio guide upon entry to the museum, which is available in different languages including French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Japanese and Russian. This audio guide will provide you with the history of the Jacquemart-Andre museum and commentary on its permanent collections including information on Second French Empire.
For the temporary exhibitions there is an audio guide available in either French or English and is a charge of €3.
The museum also provides activity books free of charge for children aged between 7 and 12, which is a fun and enriching way to discover the museum and history through a series of pictures, games and puzzles where they can learn through play in an animated and fun way.
In addition to these options, the exhibitions at the Musee Jacquemart-Andre Museum in Paris can also be accessed via iPhone, iPad and Android, so that you can get an app to discover the works visually along with audio commentary, plus there is even a high definition option available and these can be downloaded from the website prior to your visit. However, you can also do this on site when you arrive via their dedicated WiFi for the app stores at no extra charge, even for foreign visitors. But even if you only have a smartphone, you can still download an audio guide as an mp3, if you would like to keep this for memories of your visit.
For disabled visitors, access to the Musee Jacquemart-Andre is via a ramp that is located to the left of the stairs at the entrance. However, unfortunately at present those in wheelchairs or with reduced mobility can only access the ground floor, which means that the temporary exhibitions along with other rooms on the first floor cannot be accessed, although there are plans to install a lift.
Due to its location, getting to this fine arts museum in Paris is very easy either via the RER on line A stopping at the Charles de Gaulle-Etoile station or via Metro on lines 9 and 13 at the stops Saint-Augustin, Miromesnil or Saint Philippe du Roule.
By bus it would be on numbers 22, 43, 54, 80 and 93, yet if you are daring enough to drive round Paris, then the nearest car park is called Haussmann-Berri, which is open 24 hours a day and is only a matter of a few metres from the museum.
More information on Musee Jacquemart-Andre
- Musee Jacquemart-Andre
- History of Musee Jacquemart-Andre
- Discovering the Rooms at the Musee Jacquemart Andre
- Jacquemart Andre Tea Room and Cafe
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158 Boulevard Haussmann
Ile de France
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Musee Jacquemart-Andre Museum in Paris
The Musee Jacquemart-Andre is a great place to visit when on holiday in Paris, it is located in a sumptuous palace mansion house that was built in the 19th century on the prestigious Boulevard Haussmann for Edouard Andre, and provides a fascinating journey through art works collected by him and his wife Nelie Jacquemart.
About the Musee Jacquemart-Andre Museum
Edouard Andre was the heir to a protestant banking family fortune and he himself was a banker, yet spent his money collecting works of art, and after marrying Nelie Jacquemart, who was a French portrait artist, they accumulated a vast collection of art from different parts of the world.
This elegant palace is far smaller than somewhere like the Chateau de Versailles or the Chantilly castle, but it is also far more personal. Yet it was here that they used to hold many parties and functions for the high society of the day, so that these people could also experience and admire some of the many different works of art they accumulated over the years.