Albert-Kahn Musée et Jardins
10-14 rue du Port, Boulogne-Billancourt, France
www.albert-kahn.fr/english - Tel: (33) 1 55 19 28 00
Albert-Kahn Musée et Jardins Boulogne-Billancourt Reviews
A peaceful garden Mar 25, 2011
Albert-Kahn Museum and Gardens are located in Boulogne-Billancourt, in the outskirt of Paris. Since the location is not on the typical tourist track, it´s not a crowded place.
Albert Kahn was born in 1860 in Bas-Rhin, France. He became a banker and a photograph collector. In 1893 Kahn purchased a property in Boulogne-Billancourt, where he established a unique garden. Due to the crash of 1929 Kahn became bankrupt, his property was confiscated and later turned into a public park.
In 1908 Kahn traveled to China and Japan on business and returned with many photos of the journey. This inspired him to start a project collecting photographs of the entire world. He was convinced that a knowledge of foreign societies encourages respect and peaceful relations among people. In 1909 he made a trip to South America, a trip, which included Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil. In 1912–1914 he visited China for the second time as well as Mongolia, India, Pakistan and Scandinavia. Between 1909 and 1931 he collected 72.000 photos and 183.000 meters of film from 50 countries.
The museum organizes temporary exhibitions from its photo and film collections. At the moment the exhibition is showing traditional life in Japan around the 1920. The photos and films are nicely presented. The only downside is that all the signs and explanations are in French only, including the leaflet you get at the entrance.
After walking through the museum we entered the gardens. This is a beautiful park, which consists of an English garden, a French garden (which includes the rose garden), a forest of Blue Atlas cedars, a forest of conifers and a Japanese garden with a Japanese tea pavilion.
Since we visited the Albert-Kahn Museum and Gardens in April, it was too early for the roses, but I can imagine how beautiful it looks when they are all in full bloom. April was perfect timing for the Japanese garden though. The cherry trees were blossoming and next to the little river, these pink trees made the garden look very fairy tale like.
I can highly recommend Albert-Kahn Musée et Jardin. It´s a peaceful place and a nice break from the overcrowded tourist areas.
Opening hours and entrance fees:
Tuesday – Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm (until 7 pm May – September)
Children under 12 free
Annual pass: €20
Free on the first Sunday of every month
How to get there:
Métro: Boulogne – Pont de Saint-Cloud (Line 10)
Bus: 52, 72, 126, 160, 175, 460, 467
Tram: Line T2 to Parc de Saint-Cloud
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