Jacquemart André Museum. View from exterior interior courtyard and entrance. You can see pruned trees.
Art and culture

Musée Jacquemart-André highlights

March 09, 2022

Embark on a journey of discover with Astrid Collins, concierge at Le Meurice, as she reveals why this lesser-known museum is a must-see next time you’re in Paris.
View of Jacquemart André's Winter Garden. You'll find here a painting of two women at the background with a cosy living room.
©Sophie Lloyd

A secret gem

Situated in the heart of the city, on boulevard Haussmann, is one of my favourite places in Paris. Musée Jacquemart-André was the home of art collectors Édouard André and Nélie Jacquemart. Together they built up an impressive collection of Greek and Roman antiquities, Italian Renaissance art and a wealth of French Old Master paintings. The building itself is also a work of art and an architectural triumph in its own right. One that never fails to impress, no matter how many times I return.

How it all started

Completed in 1875, this beautiful building took seven years to complete. It was created by architect Henri Parent, who lost out on the opportunity to create the famous Palais Garnier in favour of his colleague, Charles Garnier. Determined to make his mark on the city, he embraced this new challenge and his skill and passion is evident at every turn. Be sure to appreciate the exceptional use of symmetry and the outstanding Winter Garden with its double-helix staircase.

View of Jacquemart André's Winter Garden. You'll find here a statue of a women and two spiral staircases.
©Sophie Lloyd
View of Jacquemart André's reception room. You can see blue curtains, gold paintings and moldings and a beautiful natural light entering in the room.
©Sophie Lloyd

Homely feel

Originally opened as a hotel, the building was also Édouard André and society painter Nélie Jacquemart’s home. Throughout their marriage, they continually added to their extensive art collection, and the house had to be adapted accordingly. Seeing the splendid dining and reception rooms, where they hosted dinners for the Parisian elite, gives a real insight into their lavish lifestyle. Even today, this unique place is both a museum and a home.

Devoted to art and travel

The couple adored travelling and during their travels, their acquisitions piled up. They would visit Italy each year and it was here that Nélie introduced Édouard to her passion for Italian Renaissance art. Their regular trips enabled them to create one of the finest collections of Italian art in France. As true patrons of the arts, Édouard André and Nélie Jacquemart were driven by deep philanthropic values and a strong conviction that art should be shared. It’s great to see that their incredible legacy lives on today.

Jacquemart André Museum. View from the Italian Renaissance room with italian statues and a huge wood door adorned of two colums.
©Sophie Lloyd
View of Jacquemart André's Winter Garden. You'll find marvelous plants and a beautiful mosaic floor.
©Sophie Lloyd

Welcome to the Winter Garden

At the foot of a majestic double staircase decorated with Tiepolo’s frescoes, you’ll find the Winter Garden. This green space allows visitors to rest in a more refreshing setting than the imposing reception rooms. Paved with marble and lined with sculptures, mirrors and exotic plants, it’s a place to relax in and admire at your leisure.

Personal highlights

There are so many things I adore about this exceptional museum. A few of my favourite pieces from the collection include ‘The Supper at Emmaus’ by Rembrandt, ‘Vedute’ by Canaletto, the ‘Flight into Egypt’ by Botticelli and ‘Ecce Homo’ by Mantegna. And of course, I love the spectacular ceiling fresco by Tiepolo.

Jacquemart André Museum. View of the Renaissance room including three Rembrandt paintings.
©Sophie Lloyd

Immerse yourself in a fabulous world of art at Musée Jacquemart-André with our Le Meurice concierge, Astrid Collins, as she enjoys some of the museum’s highlights.

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