4 Small Museums ~ Steven Barclay's Paris
4 Small Museums
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Musee Jacquemart-Andre

Musée Jacquemart-André
158, boulevard Haussmann
75008, Paris
Tel: 01-42-89-04-91
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This hotel particulier was a private residence, built for the married couple Nélie Jacquemart and Edouard André, each coming into the marriage with private fortunes. It has been restored to its original magnificence. Built in 1875, its formal elegance evokes high society of the late 19th century, you can imagine the luxurious soirées or private evenings. Notice its grand salon rooms with walls that descended into the basement to make the rooms larger for their parties of 1,000! The walls were outfitted with a special hydraulic system to control their position. The museum also houses a large Italian painting collection upstairs.

 

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Le Musee Nissim de Camono Le Musée Nissim de Camondo
63, rue de Monceau
75008, Paris
Tel: 01-45-63-26-32
Closed Mondays & Tuesdays
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This must be my very favorite of all the museums in Paris. Still another hotel particulier, this one built in 1912 in the Petit Trianon style. It houses one of the most thorough collections of 18th-century furniture, tapestries and furnishings in all of Paris. It was built by Moise de Camondo (a wealthy banker) and given to the city of Paris as a museum in 1933. It was named after Moise's son, Nissim, who died in World War I (it is touching to note the photos of the son are still seen throughout the house). The kitchen has recently been remodeled (with its gigantic stove, the size of a locomotive), as well as the chef's office, the butler's pantry and the servants' dining hall. No other museum in Paris has taken the time, effort and money to restore these more intimate and personal aspects of the “home” The restored bathrooms and kitchens help you better consider their kind of “Upstairs / Downstairs” existence from the 1920s. It has now been a museum for longer than it was ever a private home, yet you still understand the scale of life in the 1912-1933 period by visiting this remarkable gem of a museum. When you visit the Camondo Museum, take the time to walk through the beautiful Parc Monceau, just behind the house.

 

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Musée de la Vie Romantique
Musée de la Vie Romantique
16, rue Chaptal
75009, Paris
Tel: 01-48-74-95-38
Closed Mondays
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This modest house, garden and painting studio once belonged to the painter, Ary Scheffer. Scheffer was a contemporary and acquaintance of Eugène Delacroix, though their styles were quite different. You enter the museum by walking through a rather non-descript doorway on the rue Chaptal. This leads to a rear courtyard garden where you will see the house and connecting painting studio. Scheffer was a close friend to Georges Sand, Franz Liszt and Frederic Chopin, and you can imagine the simple evenings they would have spent together in the downstairs salon of the main house. As a museum, and because Scheffer was a friend of Sand's, the curators have installed a recreation of Sand's salon from her Chateau de Nohant ~ you will see her furniture and art. There are cases of items having belonged to Sand (jewelry and keepsakes).

 

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Musée Gustave Moreau
Musée Gustave Moreau
14, rue de la Rochefoucauld
75009, Paris
Tel: 01-48-74-38-50
Closed Tuesdays

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Late 19th Century studio house designed by Albert Lafon for symbolist painter Gustave Moreau; bequeathed by Moreau to the French state; it incorporates the earlier building with private apartment occupied by Moreau's family after 1852. The spaces are filled with Moreau's artwork, large paintings and sketches and drawings. In the main, very large studio room, note the remarkable spiral staircase with iron supports and balustrade. Moreau lived in the private apartment until 1898 and it is a space which perfectly evokes the atmosphere of a prosperous and cultivated middle class French home in the second half of the 19th Century.

 

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