The Musée Albert Kahn recently reopened after undergoing 6 years of renovations. This is time to enjoy the renovated and redesigned museum, its brand-new exhibition taking us on a journey, and of course, the park and estate, unmissable location for garden fans.
Run to the gates of Paris, by Boulogne-Billancourt, to discover this unique verdant location, listed as historic monument, from late 2015, and taking us to different universes.
For your inforamtion, Albert Kahn settles in 1893 in Boulogne sur Seine. First renting this hotel particulier, he falls in love with the place and purchases it two years later. Garden enthusiast, he decides to purchase the neighboring plots one after the other. In all, in 1910, he ends up with twenty plots, covering a total surface of 4 hectares.
From 1895 to 1920, famous philanthropist banker Abraham Kahn - his real name - decides to create a staged garden. Pacifist at heart, he designs a garden mixing cultures, convinced people's knowledge helps to keep peace. So, his pictures and gardens enable the elites to discover the interest and the richness of cultural diversity.
Now, you can enjoy a very private map from his journeys and discoveries. Discover 7 staged gardens exchanging between them. And enjoy:
The Japanese village was created after a trip to Japan in the late 19th century. To do it, Albert Kahn especially invites Japanese artists who create the paths and plants. Enjoy a traditional tea house, as well as 2 traditional homes shipped from Japan. Enjoy the harmonious and colorful setting, almost confidential, where each element truly belongs here.
Continue with the Contemporary Japanese Garden, a tribute to life and work of Albert Kahn, made in the 90's by landscaper Fumiaki Takano. Of course, the red bridge is eye-catching and delights one with the colors of the flowers and the artificial lake with the colorful and zigzagging carps. The water crossing the garden symbolizes Albert Kahn's life.
Then, move to the French formal garden. Discover 3 geometric blocks, characteristic of the French formal gardens, in front of a greenhouse, still under renovation. Roses, fruit trees, flowerbeds and more create the setting. It is lined with two rows of lindens and chestnut trees, uplifting the regularity of the design. The ornmental glasshouse, magnificent piece of ironwork from the late 19th century, is used as a winter garden.
Then, walk deep in the Great Forest, taking us to Vosges, and a meadow, discovering birch trees, cedars and more wild plants. The meadow - covered in thousands of wild flowers - is inspired by a movement born in the late 19th century in England, marking the search of nature without boundaries.
Finish with the English garden giving pride of place to nature. This bucolic setting displays flowerbeds, rocks, pools and waterfalls.
In other words, if you fancy a break in the countryside, and enjoy a magnificent park and garden, while traveling across many places and cultures, this is a walk that deserves it.
Note that for the reopening, the Musée Albert Kahn provides special fees. As a matter of fact, until May 5, 2022, buy one ticket and get one free. Beyond this day, allow €5 for reduced fees and €8 for full fees. And do not forget to book your timeslot ahead of your visit.
Dates and Opening Time
Starts 1 April 2022
14 rue du port
92100 Boulogne Billancourt
Tarif réduit: €5
Plein tarif: €8
Pour 2 : offre réouverture musée et jardins jusqu'au 5 mai, 1 billet offert pour 1 acheté: €8
Le musée est ouvert du mardi au dimanche (fermeture hebdomaire le lundi)
de 11h à 18h (d’octobre à mars)
de 11h à 19h (d’avril à septembre)
Fermeture le 1er mai, le 25 décembre et du 1er au 14 janvier