Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Musee Jaquemart Andre...who? what?

This is a preserved 19th century mansion on Boulevard Haussmann in the 8th in Paris. We can walk here from our apartment by crossing through Parc Monceau. This museum just opened a much anticipated small show with Bruegel, Van Eyke, and Memling and the first week the line was impossible so we waited a bit. Today we sailed right in and in typical Parisian fashion, Buddy was free, and they had all sorts of activities for the children to do inside the museum. The permanent collection is the preserved contents of Edouard André and his wife Nélie Jacquemart's home. Their collection of 18th century antiques and art is out of this world. They were apparently insanely wealthy and just traveled around Europe buying things to bring back home. Oh the life!

They had a passion for dutch art so it was appropriate for the musee to host this small show of very important northern european work. The entire afternoon was a treat and the kids really enjoyed seeing how people lived a long time ago. In the summer you can bring your kids up here to play dress-up in 18th & 19th century garb. Reason #100289 for why j'adore Paris!

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