Far from being just another Paris hotel particulier with staggering history, Musee Jacquemart-Andre came to be in 1876 after Édouard André and Nélie Jacquemart bequeathed the mansion and its collections to the Institut de France as a museum; having traveled extensively throughout their lives, the elegant couple had amassed one of the finest collections of Italian art in France, and their home was one of the most lavish properties in all of Paris at the time. The museum officially opened its doors in 1916.
The visit is divided into five major parts: the State Apartments (with a strong accent on French school of painting and 18th century decorative art), the Informal Apartments (where the Andrés would receive their business relations), the Winter Garden (which is famous for its splendid and inventive design), the Italian Museum (which houses 15th- and 16th-century Italian sculptures, the Florentine Gallery and its religious works, a picture gallery focusing on the Florentine school, the Venice Gallery, all of which are located in a hall that resembles a typical Venetian Palazzo) and at last, the Private Apartments (which are located on the mansion's ground floor and were graciously donated by the Andrés' in order give the museum the feel of a family home).
Musee Jacquemart-Andre is located is Paris’ 8th arrondissement on upscale boulevard Haussmann. Driving anywhere in Paris is highly unadvisable; public transit is readily available near the museum, with metro stops Miromesnil, Monceau and Saint-Philipe-du-Roule very close by. The museum is also within walking distance from Champs-Élysées and Saint-Lazare train station. It is open every day from 10am to 6PM, and until 8:30pm on Mondays and Saturdays during exhibitions. Entry costs €12 per adult and €10 for children aged 7-17 and students.