Musee Art Nouveau Collection 1900 - Maxim's

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Musee Art Nouveau Collection 1900 - Maxim's

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Schwartzkopf_Reiser
Leipzig, Germany267 contributions
Couples
Once there are very few reviews about this attraction on a very well-known icon of Paris, and some very harsh, we’ve decided to give it a try.
Well, I’ll tell you something: if you’re not a Belle Époque and Art Nouveau connoisseur, especially and most important-if you don’t speak fluent French, you’ll probably lose your time, your temper and easily get bored.

Of course my wife and I are Art Nouveau NUTS, and French speakers, so we voted for the 16:30 visit-in French.
As usual, arriving earlier than scheduled time, we were admitted on the former front dining room until visit time. People at the staff were nice, kind and friendly, with no problems whatsoever.
At the tour time, M. Pierre-André Hélène showed up for the visit, and asked politely if we spoke French, charging us our fee with no delay after being positive we did speak, saying they had already had problems with that.
I had even showed him some negative experiences published on Tripadvisor, and one of the cases, dated 2009, he remembered, felt sorry for what he read, because it had been actually a PR problem

Moments after the visit had started, the great villain had showed up: the TELEPHONE! It began ringing on and on, insistently, until M. Pierre-André himself hung it up giving the person the restaurant was closed. No other member of the staff was there for this purpose…
The visit itself is loaded of technical explanations (a little bit too technical for my taste, but there was a curator on our visiting group, then, it was all right) and anecdotes about the period and people from that time, with precise, sharp and very acute commentaries of a true expert.

The items in the collection are AWESOME, really precious items varying from Majorelle, Tiffany, Gallé and Massier, not mentioning the famous Sarah Bernhardt’s bed, carefully collected by Pierre Cardin, the former owner of the restaurant, and well-kept by M. Pierre-André, bringing back a time and lifestyle the period somewhere between 1871 and 1914, when the arising of the Belle Époque, you find terms like satiety of the traditional in art, architecture and daily life, satiety of the pomp and ostentation of the past. The progress in science and technique, the improvements in social, financial and political respect during a long period of peace together with new constitutions in many countries caused for the rest an increasing prosperity and wide-spread optimism and trust in future are carefully dissected by M. Pierre-André, making the visit a very interesting and exciting look over this short period of Art History.

And room after room the visit continued, until its end, when the personal cellphone of M. Pierre-André rang. Probably it was from some staff members, but he interrupted his speech to answer it! I find this behavior quite rude, but it’s only my opinion – in my point of view, it doesn’t matter what subject is the call about- if you’re talking to someone else, or lecturing, making a conference or running a visit, answering the telephone is unbearable…
In fact, these apparels should be left on vibracall, while the visit goes on, but, again, that’s what I think, the way I act…

Being repetitive: either you speak GOOD and fluent French, study a little about Art Nouveau before your visit or you probably won’t enjoy the way we did. This is absolutely not oriented to specialists, but it is fit, indeed, for those who know exactly what are going to see.
Written November 29, 2012
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bstu4evrs
San Francisco, California66 contributions
Solo
I saw this on a like from KLM and sent a quick e-mail asking if I could reserve a tour and got a quick reply in English both times I sent an e-mail, so I was a bit taken aback when I was told in what I seemed a matter of fact way that the tour would be in French ONLY. Nonetheless I really wanted to see the art and it was worth it ... I'm sure I would have had an even more lovely experience if I could have understood what was being said, but it was a very nice collection and 15 Euros doesn't get you too much in France anyway ... LOL so I quite enjoyed myself and took plenty of pictures (without flash).
Written January 30, 2012
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Edward S
London, UK420 contributions
Solo
In 40 minutes I learned more about Art Nouveau, the Belle Epoque lifestyle and Maxim's restaurant than I thought possible. If you are English, show up at 2:00pm most days, and the head of the museum will take you around (on my day, there were only two of us with him). The numerous objects, furniture, clothing and interior decoration are all authentic, and this collection of Pierre Cardin is now housed in the second and third floor apartment above the restaurant, where the owner lived. Learn also about the successful courtesan's lifestyle, and how the restaurant got the necessary finances to become the sumptuous restaurant it is today. The curator is very informative; but ask questions to get a fuller picture. He can easily expand on any of the areas that he touches upon.
Written September 11, 2015
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happy_wanderer98
norfolk2 contributions
Restaurant provides normal over priced tourist fare, the area has far better places to eat at less than half the cost.
As for the art nouveau collection, this was most disappointing and again very expensive. The staff were happy to talk English when we were handing money over but could only manage French when we realised they had overcharged us and refused to refund any money. Their only response was they would call the police if we didn't leave the building.
Written November 11, 2009
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franc_o_fyle
Derby, England149 contributions
We visited the Museum on Sunday in response to publicity in "Greater Paris - Autumne/Hiver 09/10" which said that (as well as Guided Tours at 15 Euros) there are also "Open visits Wed-Sun 11am-5pm". We were told that "Open visits" were not available, and we could have a guided tour in French for 15 Euros each. No hint of an apology or recognition that there was a problem with their PR.

On their web-site we can see the that the guided tours only last for one hour! For 15 Euros each? Do what we did on Sunday, have a really excellent time visiting the Petit Palais which is a fabulous venue with high quality exhibits, free, and the staff treat you with respect!!
Written January 26, 2010
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Suzanne R
3 contributions
Couples
We also turned up at Maxims yesterday,Sunday but the restaurant was closed. Returned at 2.00 as suggested on website for tour in English. Not open. Nothing to suggest there was even an Art Nouveau museum inside. No signs on window of Maxims. Really annoying to go there twice for nothing.
Written July 3, 2017
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lawriearbon
Adelaide, Australia5 contributions
Friends
What a waste of time. Open Wednesday to Sunday. 2.00pm English Speaking tour.
We turned up at 1.30, had an overpriced coffee in Maxims Cafe. Asked the Maitre'd wher tour started and he said outside the restaurant Entrance at 2.00. Wandered up at 1.45, 2.00pm came, 2.15? Three workers entered the Restaurant and nothing said even though they could clearly see we were waiting or are they actually that Ignorant or just Plain Stupid..I think the Latter. Eventually went into the Overpriced gift shop to be told that " Tour is Closed"? What a waste of Time. Will never go back even if they Reopen it as 2 year's ago we were here it was closed for Renovations. Maybe if they were a Professional Business they would put something about closure on their website. Thanks for nothing...and the Latte was below average!!!!!!!
Written May 31, 2017
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Marassa
Moscow, Russia14,309 contributions
Couples
then definitely take a peek. There's quite a lot of Art Nouveau furniture, ceramics and lighting crammed into a relatively tight space with claustrophobic ceilings, but most of the stuff, let's face it, is not really museum quality and many objects are in a pitiful state and a bad need of restauration. Here you realize with all clarity that not everything produced in the belle epoque was a work of genius and pure beauty - many exhibits border on kitsch and quite a few boldly trespass the border. Nevertheless, there are some real gems, especially on the furniture front, so if you're already an addict - go for it! But if you're not, I'm afraid this particular museum will hardly make you one, so do yourself a favour and start your acquaintance with the Art Nouveau elsewhere - why not Orsay or the gorgeous Paris 1900 exhibition running in the Petit Palais right now.
Written April 18, 2014
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Maxime D
468 contributions
Family
In Paris over the holidays. On my wife's birthday my family organized a private tour of the Maxim's Museum, including the restaurant and the private apartments above the restaurants.
All about Art Nouveau, original paintings, drawings, furniture, lamps and stain-glass windows from Tiffany, etc...
Everything is part of the accumulated collection of Pierre Cardin.
Written April 7, 2018
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RattlerRich
San Francisco, CA7 contributions
A tour of the dining room and private rooms of Maxim. See the wonderful 18th Century rooms and the private Art Nouveau apartment/collection of the late Pierre Cardin. The collection and the epoc are brought to life by the enthousastic guide. You will see art treasures rarely seem as well as relive the belle epoc.
Written February 13, 2017
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