Kahn Museum and Gardens
The Albert-Kahn museum and gardens in
Boulogne-Billancourt are well worth a
trip and will be enjoyed by both parents and children.
Albert Kahn was a banker and a French
Starting in 1909 he s et out
on an ambitious project to capture people around
the world in color photographs.
He used his vast fortune to send photographers to
over 50 different countries around the world collecting over
72,000 color photographs and 183,000 meters of film.
Kahn's photographers took
the earliest-known color photographs in
Vietnam, Brazil, Mongolia and the United States. His
photographers also captured France before, during and after the First
World War. His collection is now considered the most
early color photograph collection in the world.
1983 Kahn purchased a large property in Boulogne-Billancourt, where he
set out to create a garden that incorporated elements from all around
world. Young children really enjoy exploring these gardens, the water elements, small trails and bridges.
The garden called "scenes" includes an English garden, a
Japanese garden with a traditional house and tea-room, a rose garden
and a conifer wood.
Kahn lost his fortune during the Wall
Street crash of 1929 and was left bankrupt. The gardens were
turned into a public park where Kahn himself continued to take walks.
Albert Kahn died on November 14th, 1940 during
occupation of France.
Albert Kahn Museum, 10-14 rue du Port, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt
Line 10 - Boulogne Pont de Saint-Cloud (last stop)
Bus: 52, 72, 126,
160, 175, 467, 460 (stop: Rhin and Danube)
Tuesday - Sunday 11:00am to 6:00pm
Full Price - 1.50€, Children under 12 are free