Paris is well-known for being the city that provides the most beautiful art museums in the world.
If you are passionate about fine art and paintings, this private museum has to be in your list of museums in Paris to discover.
The Musée Jacquemart André is located on the boulevard Haussmann, in a very luxurious one of a kind building.
The museum was settled on the private residence of Edouard André and his wife and contains the works of art they collected during their lifetime.
In this article, we will guide you through this landmark of Paris, giving you useful information about its history, tickets and tour information... Let's go !
What can I do at The Musée Jacquemart-André ?
The Musée Jacquemart-André is one of the stopovers on the art journey in Paris with hundreds of oil paintings and sculptures from different parts of the world. The marvellous mansion built in 19th century gives its visitors an idea about how the upper class lived in France during the Belle Époque.
The museum holds the artworks of many renowned masters such as Paolo Uccello, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Sandro Botticelli, Andrea Mantegna, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun, Canaletto, Jean-Marc Nattier, Alfred Boucher, Rembrandt, Anthony van Dyck, Frans Hals, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Jacques-Louis David, Thomas Lawrence, Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough.
The eye-catching decoration of this museum is a testimony of the richness of Parisian heritage and art in general.
Who was Edouard André ?
Born in 1833 in Paris, he resigned from the army in 1863 and moves away from politics to start a collection of paintings, furniture and art objects.
Different rooms and sections of the museum
The private apartments : Located on the ground floor, in this section the visitors can see the bedroom of Edouard and Nelié along with the room they used to take breakfast in the mornings.
The informal apartments : In this section, the visitors can see the library of the mansion and the rooms they receive their guests. The walls are adorned with the paintings of 17th century Flemish and Dutch painters, such as Anton Van Dyck and Rembrandt Van Rijn.
The winter garden : The winter garden was located behind the music room was a calm place adorned with exotic plants under a glass roof.
Italian Renaissance : The owners of the collection and the mansion been a great team sharing the mutual passion about Italian renaissance art. They created a unique collection of many precious pieces of Italian masters from their travels to Italy. Three rooms are divided in this section as the Florentine room, Venetian room and the sculpture room.
Florentine room : The room was formerly housing small objects like jewelry and ceramics but it was later decorated according to the taste of Nélie who was very passionate about Florence. A small chapel was added for worship besides the priceless paintings collected from the Florence. Here, the visitors see the masterpieces such as Botticelli’s Virgin and Child, Paolo Uccello’s Saint Georges Beating the Dragon.
Venetian room : The room houses the paintings collected from Venice and many art schools of northern Italy. Some important paintings exhibited here belongs to Carpaccio and Bellini.
Café and library : There is a small lovely tea room/café overlooking the courtyard which is also a good choice for a lunch or brunch. You will also find a nice cultural gift shop where you can buy books and catalogues as well as decoration objects and jewelry.
There are major temporary exhibitions in the museum that take place twice a year, apart from the permanent collection.
Entrance, Tickets and Tours
How to get to The Musée Jacquemart-André ?
The Museum is very close to the Avenue Champs-Elysées and the department stores.
- Metro : Line 9 and 13, "Saint-Augustin", "Miromesnil" or "Saint-Philippe du Roule" stations.
- RER : Line A, "Charles de Gaulle-Étoile" station.
- Bus : Lines 22, 43, 52, 54, 28, 80, 83, 84, 93
- Velib : Station "Rue de Berri"
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
History of the The Musée Jacquemart-André
Édouard André was a member of a wealthy Protestant banker family. He was married with Nélie Jacquemart who was also a prominent society painter herself.
They were an ambitious couple devoted a great fortune to purchasing artworks from different parts of the world. From many of their visits to Italy, they mainly collected the works of Italian masters and created an enormous collection of Italian art in France.
Édouard André sought the architect Henri Parent to design a grand and beautiful mansion that was greatly inspired by classical models. The mansion that houses the museum today was built between 1869 and 1876.
After the death of Edouard André, Nélie Jacquemart took the responsibility for the completion of the decorations of the museum and expanded the collection further. She found more precious pieces from her travels to east to contribute the museum's collection.
The mansion and the collection inside of it was bequated to the Institut de France by Nélie Jacquemart in 1912. After a year from Nélie's death, the mansion was opened to the public as a museum in 1913 by the by the president of France, Raymond Poincaré.