We went there directed by positive yelp reviews and were not disappointed at all.
The great thing about this place is that it teaches you three things at once:
- various cultural movements
- the upper class of the 19th century
- the architecture of the building itself
I also love the free mobile app that includes an audio guide and background material.
My god! What a discovery! A mansion for Venetian/Dutch/Flemish painting connoisseurs. Glimpse of life into 17th-18th century French aristocratic life.
- Time Needed for Visit: 1.5 hours with included audio guide.
- Price: 12 euros. 10 euros for students.
- Pictures allowed inside: Yes.
Make it an afternoon long visit and check out the highly rated Parisian café afterwards. :)
Only 4 stars because I wish the audio guide contained less technical specificities of the paintings and more interesting stories about the owners and their lives.
This lesser-known museum was very worthwhile if you are a lover of art, artifacts and architecture. It's in a mansion that was once the home of a wealthy 19th century couple who had no children but did have money, so they were free to spend their time traveling and amassing art and "objets." It's a small museum, though a large house, but really quite amazing. Many Italian religious paintings (including some well-preserved examples by Boticelli), a number of Flemish portraits (including Rembrandt), artifacts from Egypt and the Orient, and so forth.
The decor was also splendid, as befitted a household of extreme wealth, but the crowning piece is the jardin d'hiver (winter garden), a conservatory of sorts with floors inlaid with white and green marble, pillars of russet marble, themed Greco-Roman statuary, am amazing double staircase, and lush foliage provided by dozens of palms.
Staff were incredibly gracious and helpful; one special star for them!
This is a unique and unusual museum; if you'd like to see something that may not be at the top of the list in the tourist guides, I urge you to spend a few quiet hours here.
My mom had the idea to grab lunch there even though we had no interest in the museum. The cafe is open from 11:45-5:30 and switches from a lunch service to a tea service at around 3:00. We met there for lunch at around 1:00 and despite being very crowded, we were able to get a table for two in about ten minutes (though it looked like we got in just before a long line formed). Since the place does not take reservations, I would recommend going between 12:00 and 12:45 to avoid the crowd we faced.
The interior of the room is beautiful -- high painted ceilings, gilded walls, and large paintings everywhere. There is also a covered terrace.
The menu is mostly salads with various seafood or meats and cheeses. My only complaint regarding the food was that the salad was a bit overdressed. Otherwise, the smoked trout and salmon was delicious and there was a very appetizing-looking quiche on our neighbor's plate. Dessert is a high point and the waiter escorts you to the dessert cart at the entrance to make your selection. We did not regret our raspberry & cream tart.
Great cafe (see separate review), yelp.com/biz/café-jacque….
Someone else mentioned getting off the beaten path, but the museum was very crowded (long line to enter) on the day we visited in mid-September.
PS - My wife thought it was 'very good, a beautiful place'. She would give it 5 stars!
PPS - The name of this museum is very fun to say, especially if you say to the music of a 90s rap / hip-hop song. I'd post a link to the YouTube video, but I can't remember the name of the actual song. But to get the idea, just go: "Jacquemart, Andre! Jacquemart, Andre! Andre, Andre! Jacquemart, Andre!"
The Jacquemart-Andre Museum is located in one of the most beautiful private hotels in Paris, it is small palace so well preserved and put in worth.
When museum offers a (new) collection, be sure
to be satisfied.
Thus collections which have masks and statues, arts African and Oceanian.
In addition to the quality of parts that are incredibly old, well engineered and beautiful, you can admire the way they are put in scene.
Jacquemart-Andre is a museum or you cannot get bored!
One of the most beautiful museums in all Paris. It is situated in a gorgeous private house that looks like a miniature château, located within walking distance of the Champs Elysées. Inside is a wonderful collection of eighteenth century art and furniture, all displayed to maximum and exquisite effect.
Definitely worth a visit. One of Paris' hidden gems.
this was a very busy museum on a rainy sunday afternoon! the cafe, which is apparently beautiful, was a no-go without reservations as it was fully packed and had long queues to enter.
it cost 11 euros for entry - this didn't include commentary which was an additional 3 euros. we'd just been to musee nissim de camondo which is nearby so we didn't bother with the commentary, but it would have probably added to the experience, so i kind of wish we had. i personally think the commentary should be included in the price of entry, so i get a little miffed when it isn't.
this was for sure a beautiful building - and decorated with so many works of art. it did feel like a museum or art gallery more than a house, and it certainly didn't feel like the kind of place someone would live.
i appreciated visiting it, but i had so much more love for the history and beauty of musee de nissim camondo, so if you're trying to pick between the two, i'd recommend it over jacquemart andre.
I went to this museum back in 2008 to see the Fragonard exhibit (the only piece I know by him is "The girl on the swing" (Les Hasards Heureux de l'Escarpolette) because it was the basis for a scene in the Broadway musical 'Contact'. The building that houses the museum is beautiful, an old home in the 8th arrondisement. It was a lovely visit but obviously not as good as the major museums in Paris. Nice for people who want to get off the beaten track, however!
As others have mentioned, it gets very crowded. Although the exhibit would have been wonderful, the density of people made it near impossible to enjoy. The house itself was very appealing, but overall it was too little for too many people.
I love Rococo art so I love it here...it is such a beautiful space!
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