The Twilight of the Pharaohs – Paris

Large gold-plated and painted death mask of Ankhemmaat - 6th century BC © D.R.

Large gold-plated and painted death mask of Ankhemmaat – 6th century BC © D.R.

Allow me to suggest an outing to add to your itinerary, if you are in Paris or will be visiting between now and July 23.  Plan to spend a morning at the inviting Jacquemart-André Museum, where the current special exhibition focuses on Ancient Egypt and the last thousand years of Pharonic history.The museum itself is one of the most appealing in all of Paris, a Hausmann-era mansion that is at once refined and welcoming, as if you have been invited to someone’s home.  Just 400 meters from Place de l’Etoile, the museum is located on Haussmann Boulevard and is easily accessible by Metro – Line 9 and 13, Stations Saint-Augustin, Miromesnil or Saint-Philippe du Roule.

The Twilight of the Pharaohs: Masterpieces from the Last Egyptian Dynasties presents the special collection of Egyptian art gathered by Nélie Jacquemart with more than 100 items from temples or tombs on loan from museums ranging from British Museum and Metropolitan Museum in New York to the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.  This special exhibition is particularly devoted to the period of artistic revival of the 1st millennium BC.  The three major subjects of artistic creation spread through themed rooms: Man, the Pharaoh and the Gods.

Jacquemart-Andre museum gifts, culture, books, jewelry

Jacquemart-Andre museum gift shop

After filling your spirit with this exceptional art, take the time to enjoy a salad and quiche lunch in the most beautiful tea room in Paris – The Café Jacquemart-André.  And stop in for a visit to the museum gift shop, where you will discover a feast of cultural gifts – ornaments, fashion items and jewelry inspired by the museum collections, as well as educational and children’s gifts. 

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