So, he decided to transform the top floors of the building above the Maxim’s de Paris restaurant into the Musee Art Nouveau Museum, by recreating an apartment of a celebrated courtesan, in order to allow the public to not only discover the rich history of the restaurant, but also this period.
The building itself has now been classified as one of the historical monuments in Paris, as in fact, it was only just finished in time for the opening of the 1900 International Exhibition or World Fair and has retained all its traditional art nouveau style, but of course this has been enhanced even further with the museum.
And within the 12 rooms of the apartment that make up the museum, you will be able to discover pieces from prestigious creators such as lamps by Tiffany, many items of furniture like a sofa, a serving table by Majorelle, vases, china, table ware, silverware and much, much more.
Yet the oldest item was a piece of furniture that was a serving cart within Maxim’s de Paris, which was originally ordered by the founder of this restaurant in Paris, Maxime Gaillard and this was witness to the birth of art nouveau.
Access to the Maxim’s Musee Art Nouveau Museum
Spanning two floors and around 300 metres squared of space, this museum in Paris is open on a Wednesday through to a Sunday from 2pm to 5.30pm, yet is closed at all other times, except for private events.
A tour of the Musee Art Nouveau lasts one hour, which is conducted in English at 2pm, 3.15pm in French and again at 4.30pm in French and as of 2013, the cost of entry is €15 per person including the tour guide. But we would like to point out that reservations in advance are required.
However, if you are a group, you also have to contact the museum prior and book well in advance, yet for large groups, special occasions or corporate functions of fifty people plus, you can organise a tour of the museum followed by lunch or dinner.
And located within the 8th Arrondissement only a few steps from the River Seine and a short walk from the Place de la Concorde, you can reach the Maxim’s Art Nouveau Museum via the Metro stop Concorde on lines 1, 8 and 12 of the Madeleine stop on lines 8, 12 and 14.
You can also utilise the buses on numbers 24, 42, 52, 73, 84 and 94, the Balabus that runs on Sundays and national French holidays or the bus tours in Paris with the firm l’Open Tour.
More information on Maxim's Musee Art Nouveau
- Maxim's de Paris Restaurant
- History of Maxim’s de Paris
Address & Contact Details
Maxim's de Paris
Musee Art Nouveau Museum
3 Rue Royale
Ile de France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 42 65 30 47
Fax: +33 (0) 1 42 65 30 26
Tourist attractions close by
- Place de la Concorde
- Place de la Madeleine
- Musee Jeu de Paume
- Musee des Lunettes et Lorgnettes Pierre Marly
- Avenue des Champ Elysees
- Place Vendome
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Maxim’s Musee Art Nouveau Museum Paris
Created by Pierre Cardin from his own private collection, the Maxim’s Musee Art Nouveau Museum is designed like a typical art nouveau apartment from the Belle Epoch era, which is located above the famous Maxim’s de Paris restaurant.
About the Maxim’s Musee Art Nouveau Museum in Paris
When you look back at the history of the restaurant in Paris called Maxim’s, it started in unusual circumstances and with a twist of fate, it ended up with Pierre Cardin purchasing the restaurant that he used to go to regularly.
Now Pierre Cardin has always been an avid fan of the art nouveau style from the short lived Belle Epoch era and over fifty years he has amassed a large collection of over 550 different items from all over the world that he wanted to showcase.