Built by Edouard André and his wife Nélie Jacquemart, both avid art collectors, in the new Paris being laid out by Baron Haussmann towards the end of the 19th century, this private mansion offers visitors a unique opportunity to explore a wealthy 19th century home, with its state rooms, monumental staircase, winter garden, private apartments, reception areas and more.
When visitors cross the museum threshold, they enter what was the private residence of a pair of inveterate collectors who devoted their entire lives to building their artwork collection.
Edouard André, the scion of a Protestant banking family, devoted his considerable fortune to buying works of art which he then exhibited in his new mansion, built on the new Boulevard Haussmann and completed in 1875.
He married a well-known society painter, Nélie Jacquemart, who executed Edouard’s portrait. Every year, the couple would travel in Italy, amassing one of the finest collections of Italian art in France as they went. When Edouard André died, Nélie Jacquemart completed the decoration of the Italian Museum and travelled in the Orient to add more precious works to her collection. Faithful to the plan agreed with her husband, she bequeathed the mansion and its collections to the Institut de France as a museum, which opened to the public in 1913.
158, bd Haussmann
75008 Paris Paris
T. 01 45 62 11 59 — F. 01 45 62 16 36
Everyday, 10 AM – 6 PM
Late night on Monday until 8:30 PM
Full rate €12.00 — Concessions €10.00