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Musée Jacquemart-André

158 Bd Haussmann - Phone : - Metro : Miromesnil - Ouvert chaque jour 10h-18h - Admission : 8 Euros.
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    This sumptuous residence, located in the plaine de Monceau, was constructed by Edouard André in 1875. Owner of the Gazette des Beaux-Arts, a famous artistic journal of the time, and director of the Central Union of the Decorative Arts, André was on of the most ardent collectors of 18th century objects, particularly paintings, sculptures and furniture. He married Nélie Jacquemart, a young, underrated painter, in 1881. She too had a passion for the collection of her husband and together they amassed many Italian Renaissance treasures. The residence itself was the ideal showcase for the stunning works. The couple left no heirs and bequeathed the collection and house to the Institut de France and therefore the French state itself, on the condition that it be turned into a public Museum for the pleasure of future lovers of classic art. Faithful to this request the museum has not changed since its opening in 1913. One can admire the stunning bathrooms of the era, as well as works by Botticelli, Ucello, and an immense fresco by Tiepolo in the dining room, open for lunch and afternoon tea.

Musée Nissim de Camondo

63, rue de Monceau - Phone : - Metro : Villiers -Ouvert 10h-17pm. Admission : 4 Euros 60.

Situated just a few steps from the Musée Jacquemart-André this too is a residence turned museum at the behest of its previous owner. Like a small Parisian Trianon, this superb museum is entirely dedicated to the 18th century, which was the passion of Moïse de Camondo (1860 – 1935), an avid collector of Turkish origin. After the tragic death of his pilot son, Nissim, during the First World War Camondo lost completely the will to live. At his death in 1935 he left his house to the French state, on condition it be preserved and transformed into a public museum.  Sadly, the last children of the family Camondo were to lose their lives in Nazi prison camps during the WWII.

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