Le Musée Jacquemart-André

It’s one of those decadent Second Empire stories. In 1868, wealthy banking heir Edouard André, along with his wife Nélie Jacquemart, commissioned a stunning residence on the boulevard Haussmann and decked it out with gilt parlours, a lush indoor garden, sleeping quarters worthy of Versailles and a multi-level room dedicated to the enjoyment of music. The result was, of course, a truly luxurious living arrangement, but also the perfect backdrop for displaying the couple’s immense assortment of artworks. It was a museum in the making.

André and Jacquemart were both avid collectors with a good eye and money to throw about. The result is a well-rounded permanent collection comprising several Rococo works, quite a few important Dutch pieces, including some Rembrandts and Van Dycks, and a fabulous Italian section, notably a gigantic Tiepolo fresco above the main staircase. Jacquemart herself was in fact a talented painter; look out for the self-portrait in her boudoir on the ground floor:

Nélie Jacquemart, Autoportrait, 1880

The permanent collection is impressive, but each time I’ve visited the Musée Jacquemart-André, the temporary exhibition has been a highlight. In 2007 the museum was showing an excellent Fragonard collection, while this time round it was the Caillebotte brothers and their Parisian cityscapes (showing until July 11). A word of warning: the amount of visitors in the temporary exhibition alone exceeded a hundred when I arrived around 2pm; I’d recommend visiting early if you don’t feel like sharing the experience with a crowd.

Once you’ve made your way around the museum itself, head to the pretty tearoom, which looks out over a sweeping courtyard. As a starving student I could only afford a coffee, but it was enough to sit in the gorgeous surrounds, sip my espresso and ponder what it would be like to call a giant Parisian villa home. Thank goodness Nélie Jacquemart decided to share hers, so the rest of us can wander around it and dream.

xx la Muséophile
The Musées de Paris museum map of Paris
Le Musée Jacquemart-André, 158 boulevard Haussmann 75008, métro: Miromesnil (lines 9 and 13)
Full rate : 10 euros, reduced rate : 8.5 euros
Opening hours: Every day of the year: 10am-8pm (until 9.30am on Thursdays during exhibition periods), Tearoom: 11.45am-5.30pm
Wheelchair accessible

6 thoughts on “Le Musée Jacquemart-André

    1. My pleasure! I must admit I haven’t visited the Jacquemart-André since my post in 2011 so I can’t remember if there were sections that weren’t wheelchair accessible… the ParisInfo site lists it as being accessible, but I can’t recall the layout from my own memory. Bon courage et bonne visite!

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