I’ve been writing about museums a lot lately it seems… but I can’t help posting about one more. What I love about Paris is the fact that even after living here for years, I still make new discoveries. My most recent is the Musee Jacquemart-Andre.
As you walk along the boulevard, you can easily pass it, thinking it is “just” another historic building… but it is more than that. It was once someone’s home. Yes, one couple actually lived in that palatial structure. Now that immediately gets my attention!
The museum was the residence of art collectors Edouard Andre and Nelie Jacquemart in the late 1880s. The art collection is impressive, but what I like the most is the opportunity to get a glimpse of life back then… to see the couple’s various sitting rooms and private apartments. I felt as if I could close my eyes, forget about the noise of other visitors and imagine what it would be like to live (and host parties) in such a place!
The masterpiece is truly the winter garden and magnificent double staircase. A photo with lots of visitors wandering up and down the steps just wouldn’t do it justice so if you would like to see how lovely the staircase is, please click here.
Here are a couple of photos (taken at odd angles to avoid crowds!)... In the first, you can just glimpse the double staircase in the background.
Now, I sit down with my city map… What will be my next discovery in Paris?