Situated in close reach of the bustling Champs-Elysées district and its noisy, crowded streets, the Musée Jacquemart-André is a tranquil haven away from the area's gaggles of tourists-- and the consumer frenzy for which the "Champs" is known. Arguably one of Paris' finest museums, the remarkable collection at this humble museum often gets overlooked by tourists.
Housed in an opulent 19th century mansion built by art collectors Edouard André and his wife Nélie Jacquemart, the permanent collection features great works from the Italian Renaissance, 18th century French painters and masterpieces from the 17C Flemish school.
Key works from artists including Fragonard, Botticelli, Van Dyck, Vigée-Lebrun, David and Uccello make up the heart of the exhibits. Louis XV and Louis XVI-era furniture and objets d'art complete the collection.
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Location and Contact Information:
Address: 158 bvd Haussmann, 8th arrondissement
Metro/RER: Miromesnil or St-Phillipe de Roule; RER Charles de Gaulle-Etoile (Line A)
Tel : +33 (0)1 45 62 11 59
Museum Opening Hours and Tickets:
The museum is open daily (including on most French public holidays), from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Jacquemart-André Café is open every day from 11.45 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., and serves snacks, beverages, and light meals.
Free for children under 7 years old and for disabled visitors.
Highlights of the Permanent Collection:
The collections at the Jacquemart-André are divided into four sections: Italian Renaissance, French 18th Century Painting, The Flemish School, and Furniture/Objets d'Art. You don't need to see all of them in a single visit, but if time allows, they are all worthwhile and contain several masterpieces.
The Italian Renaissance
The "Italian Museum" consists in an extensive collection of paintings from Italian Renaissance masters, both from the Venice school (Bellini, Mantega) and the Florentine school (Ucello, Botticini, Bellini, and Perugino).
Dedicated to 18th century masterpieces from the French school, this section features works such as Boucher's Venus Asleep, Fragonard's The News Model, and iconic portraits by Nattier, David or Vigée-Lebrun.
The Flemish and Dutch Schools
In this section of the museum, 17th-century works from Flemish and Dutch painters such as Anton Van Dyck and Rembrandt Van Rijn dominate, and the collection is curated to show how these painters would have an influence on French artists working in the following century.
Furniture and Objets d'Art
Furniture and precious objects from the Louis XV and Louis XVI periods make up this final section of the permanent collection. Objects including armchairs upholstered with Beauvais tapestry and made by Carpentier are among the highlights.
Sights and Attractions Nearby:
Avenue des Champs-Elysées: Before or after your visit at the museum, Take a leisurely stroll along the world-renowned, impossibly wide avenue, perhaps stopping for a drink in one of its many sidewalk cafes.
Arc de Triomphe: No first visit to the French capital would be complete without getting to gawk at the iconic military arch built by Napoleon I to commemorate his victories. Just be careful crossing the street: it's known as one of the most dangerous traffic circles in Europe for pedestrians.
Grand Palais and Petit Palais: These sister exhibition spaces were both built at the height of the Belle Epoque/turn of the 20th century, and feature gorgeous art nouveau architectural elements. The Grand Palais hosts large-scale exhibits and retrospectives attended by thousands, while the Petit Palais has a free permanent exhibit that's well worth a closer ook.