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Le Domaine de Chaalis

The Royal Abbey of Chaalis & Its Collections,
and the Nélie Jacquemart-André Museum


Little-Known Museums
in and Around Paris

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Where can you find the "nightingale" that sang for Maurice Ravel, composer of the famous Bolero ? Which museum in the heart of Paris has been called the "smallest museum in the world"? Where does "Dame Baccarat" wait to greet you, wearing the only "chandelier" dress in Paris?

Those who seek something off the beaten path in Paris need look no further: Rachel Kaplan has uncovered some 30 museums, ranging from the grand -- Alexandre Dumas's Monte-Cristo Estate -- to the quaint, such as the Fan Museum, which houses nearly 800 French fans. Of the Museum of the Institute of the Arab World, Kaplan remarks, "[it] contains a precious legacy which not only helps to illuminate the past, but also enhances our understanding of many current advances we may have come to take for granted. Its handsome and well-documented displays of sumptuous woven rugs and textiles, richly embroidered costumes, ceramics and scientific instruments, confirm that without the influence of Arabic art and science, the world as we know it today would be a very different place." With beautiful color photographs and affectionate commentary, Little-Known Museums in and Around Paris is the perfect tonic for travelers with the "been there, done that" blues.
-- Jhana Bach

Little-Known Museums In and Around Paris

by Rachel Kaplan

Editor: Adele Westbrook; Designer: Lorraine Ferguson; Principal photographer: Matthieu Deluc.
Paperback - 216 pages
Published October 1996 by Harry N. Abrams.
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ISBN: 0810926768

Reader comments: "...(Kaplan) is an exceptional raconteur and brings Paris alive with her use of interesting anecdotes, historical facts, and high quality photographs." -- " This is a wonderful book for the art lover and traveler who want to see beauty that doesn't necessary make the pages of the usual guide books - and misses the tourist crowds as well."

LOCATION: Fontaine-Chaalis, 60305 Chaalis. PHONE: 03-44-54-04-02. ADMISSION: ??FF.
HOURS: From March 1 to November 1 -- Mon.-Fri. 2:00-6:30pm; weekends & holidays 10:30am-12:30pm and
2:00-6:30pm. From Nov. 2 to Mar. 1 -- Sun. & holidays 1:30-5:30pm. Open year-round to groups by reservation.
BY CAR: 40 km from Paris via the Autoroute du Nord (A1); exit at Survilliers-Saint-Witz,
direction Ermenonville, then to the Mer de Sable.
NOTABLE ITEMS: Rare tapestries once owned by Pope Urban VIII, rare carpets from Cairo, 18th-century French
furniture, ancient Roman, Medieval & Renaissance statuary, hundreds of paintings, drawings & engravings.
WEB SITE: http://www.

Edited by Ian C. Mills, 1999.
Bibliography: Little-Known Museums In and Around Paris, Rachel Kaplan, 1996, Harry N. Abrams Inc., New York. Paris From $70 A Day, Jeanne Oliver, 1998, Macmillan Travel, A Simon & Schuster Macmillan Company, New York. Fodor's 99 Paris, Fodor's Travel Publications, Inc., published in the U.S. by Random House, Inc., New York. (web site).


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