Museums

Paris, France

Quai Branly Museum

This recently opened museum imagined by French architect Jean Nouvel is dedicated to Primitive Art (from Africa, Asia, America or Oceania.)

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The collections comprise about 300 000 artefacts, many from the museum of Mankind (250 000 artefacts from the ethnology department) and from the National Museum of African and Oceanic art (25 000 artefacts).

Non Western art has taken a major place in many museums over the course of the 20th century: an evolution due to the contribution of Fauvism and Cubist artists. In France it was also under the impulse writers and critics such as Apollinaire or Malraux, and on the trail of great anthropologists such as Claude Lévi-Strauss.

Placed under the patronage of the UNESCO, the Quai Branly Museum offers visitors a vision on artistic and ethnologic artefacts. This is an official recognition of the civilisations and the artistic heritage of populations previously left aside from the world’s cultural scene.

Address: 37 quai Branly, 75007 Paris

Paris, France

Marmottan-Monet Museum

This museum which opened its doors in 1934 is nestled in a beautiful 19th century private mansion set in a large garden. This former hunting lodge, French Empire style, comes as a bit of a surprise in its more modern architectural surroundings.

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The house, which has kept the atmosphere of a private home, was donated with all its art collections to the Institut de France by Paul Marmottan (1856-1932), a French art collector and historian.

In the years that followed, many donations made to the museum changed its initial purpose and the MusÈe Marmottan is now a major site for Impressionist art in Paris. Today, visitors can admire in a prestigious decor blending gold, marble and precious woods, magnificent works of art by Monet and his friends.

Address: 2 rue Louis-Boilly, 75016 Paris France

Paris, France

Dapper Museum

A space dedicated to African and Caribbean Diasporas

The museum is located in a private townhouse built by Charles Plumet at the turn of the 20th century.

Address: 35 rue Paul Valéry, Paris 16°.

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Paris, France

Palais Galliera – Fashion and costume museum

The Fashion museum opened in 1977 in the 19th century palace of Duchess of Galliera. Its prestigious temporary exhibitions offer an insight on the history of fashion.

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The museum has a collection of 90 000 pieces spanning 3 centuries: from splendid costumes dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries, to contemporary haute-couture works.

Open only for temporary exhibitions

Address: 10 avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, Paris 16°

Paris, France

Museum of Modern Art

This museum, located in the Palace of Tokyo (Palais de Tokyo) was built for the 1937 Arts and Techniques Paris Exhibition and opened its doors in 1961.

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It showcases works of modern art from the Petit Palais, as well as collections from private donators such as Emanuele Sarmiento, Mathilde Amos and Ambroise Vollard.

It's collections comprise 8000 works of art illustrating various trends of 20th century art. Exhibitions showcasing the main movements and artists of the 20th century European scene but also thematic and monographic exhibitions present today’s main artistic trends.

Address: 11 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris

Paris, France

Guimet Museum – Asian art national museum

Emile Guimet (1836-1918), a great captain of industry from Lyons, had for project to open a museum showcasing Egyptian religious art, as well as art pieces from antique Asian civilisations. Throughout his travels he collected a great number of pieces first presented in Lyons in 1879.

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In 1889, he transferred his collections to a new museum which he opened in Paris.

From 1945, as part of a vast program of reorganisation of all national art collections, the Guimet museum sent its Egyptian pieces to the Louvre and received in exchange the works from the Louvre’s Asian art section.

From then on the institution, located Place Iéna, became one of the top Asian art museums worldwide.

Address: 6, place d’Iéna, 75116 Paris

Paris, France

Musée de la contrefaçon

This museum of counterfeiting opened in a listed building Rue de la Faisanderie in 1951. Here visitors can learn about the impact counterfeiting has on global economy.

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The museum also raises awareness on the importance of protecting industrial property and informs on statutory penalties.

This unique museum presents a large variety of counterfeited objects side by side with their originals including sculptures by Rodin, perfumes, tobacco products, dictionaries, software, CD/DVD, toys, tools, cleaning products, textiles, leather goods, crockery, car spare parts, pens, etc…

Address: 16 rue de la Faisanderie, Paris 16°

Paris, France

Balzac’s House

Located in the heart of the old village of Passy, this Parisian home is Balzac’s only remaining home. Balzac lived here between 1840 and 1847, where he wrote La Comédie humaine.

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He also wrote many major works here including La Rabouilleuse, Splendeurs et misères des courtisanes, La Cousine Bette and Le Cousin Pons. In 1949, the house was bought by the city of Paris and turned into a museum presenting the author’s life story and his works. Alibrary was later added, it contains original manuscripts.

Address: 47 rue Raynouard, Paris 16°

Paris, France

Wine Museum

The wine cellars, first set up in Medieval quarries by brothers from a convent in Passy, were turned into a museum in 1984 by the Conseil des Echansons de France (France’s Council of Cupbearers).

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This museum bears witness to France’s rich and varied wine heritage, showcasing tools and artefacts related to wine and vine production.

Entrance price includes one glass of wine.

Address: 5 square Charles Dickens, 75016 Paris

Paris, France

Baccarat Museum - Crystal Glass Collections

The museum presents a splendid collection of crystal masterpieces created for universal exhibitions, and for which Baccarat always won gold medals or top awards.

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Address: 11 Place des Etats-Unis, Paris 16

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