Four museums in Paris to visit
As you might have guessed from today's post's title - I'm here to introduce you to some museums in Paris that you might not have heard of or been to. Yes my friends, it turns out there's waaay more to Paris than just the Louvre. And - they don't come with the hoards of tourists either!
In fact, there are some in here I discovered completely at random (and one or two that are in their own rights, quite random!)
So without further ado, I give you the first museum on your list: Musée Nissim de Camondo.
The mansion - modelled on the Petit Trianon in Versailles - was built in 1911 under instruction from Moïse de Camondo, a banker who had a love for French furniture and art objects from the eighteenth century, and who wanted some place worthy of his vast collection.
The house opened as a museum in 1935 and is maintained very much as though it was still a private home today. There's even a dinner table set out next to the kitchens! A must for anyone that wishes to nosey around a truly grand home!
Tickets cost around 9 euros - no need to book ahead, just stroll on up. Whatever you do, don't forget to take a snap in the mansion's beautiful courtyard.
Number two on your list is Musée Gustave Moreau.
This is an art museum dedicated to the works of Symbolist painter Gustave Moreau. Originally his family's home, Moreau made the decision to turn the top floors into a studio and museum of his work whilst still living on the first floor. The museum contains many of Moreau's paintings, drawings and sculptures.
Confession: I wasn't entirely enamoured with his work in all honesty. It was somewhat interesting to say the least... That said, I absolutely urge you to visit if for nothing else than to see the most beautiful staircase I've ever laid eyes on. It is a work of art in its own right and you'll completely forgive me for making you go see some odd looking art, I promise!
Admission is 5 euros and they're closed on Tuesdays.
Next up is Musée Jacquemart-André.
A private museum which was created from the private home of Édouard André (a banker with a penchant for buying works of art) and Nélie Jacquemart (a famous society painter) to display all the art they collected during their lives.
Confession No. 2: there was a temporary exhibiton that was on when I visited - I'd go as far as to say, it was a rather famous painter too but, alas, I can't remember the name and the artwork wasn't for me. Besides, we all know by now that it's the architecture and design I flock to.
For those that enjoy the Wallace Collection in Marylebone, this one's for you.
Admission costs 13.50 euros and includes entry to whichever temporary exhibition which is on at the time. Book ahead and book a morning slot if you want to beat the masses of old Parisian men and women who come in their groups.
Finally, the most peculiar of them all. Ladies and gents, I give you Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature.
Or, en Anglais... The Museum of Hunting and Nature.
Disclaimer: probably not one for those that don't like to see stuffed animals as the place is full of them!
It's oddly fascinating however, and so completely unexpected. Quirky, if you please.
The museum celebrates the relationships between humans and the natural environment through the traditions and practices of hunting. Each room has its own name - to capture your intrigue, there's the Room of the Boar, Salon of the Dogs and Cabinet of the Wolf to name but a few - and each has something different to grab your attention. I don't want to give much away as I would totally recommend you visit for yourself. Hopefully you can gage from the photos below whether this is your bag - if it is, then I think you'll find it rather fascinating too!
Full price admission is 8 euros (though I think those 26 and under get it for 6 euros) and the museum is closed on Mondays.