Musee du Quai Branly Paris Museum African Art - well worth visiting on Paris City Break or HolidayParis City Breaks and Holidays
The Musée du Quai Branly a hugely popular museum of “les arts premiers” (or as we would describe it “tribal art”, non-Western art or aboriginal art), is housed in a quirky building designed by Jean Nouvel.  The museum houses indigenous art, representative of cultures and civilizations from Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. The museum (muséographie) can seem a tad chaotic and sometimes the labelling is hard to fathom, but there’s an incredible array of sculptures, textiles, jewellery, ritual objects and musical instruments, complemented by interesting film footage.  Musée du Quai Branly probably aims for drama and enjoyment over serious academic study.

Musee du Quai Branly Paris arts premiers, excellent museum to visit on Paris City Break or holidayThe museum contains collections drawn from the now-closed Musée national des Arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie and the ethnographic department of the Musée de l’Homme, and actually contains over 267,000 objects within the permanent collection. At any one time there are over 3,500 items from the collection on display. There are reading rooms if you have time while on a short holiday to Paris, a picture collection with photographs and drawings and an archive collection.

Musee du Quai Branly - Paris Museum and Gardens, perfect city break or holiday attractionThe Musée du Quai Branly is a very different and interesting museum, it is not far from the Eiffel Tower and you may be tempted to just visit for an hour but it deserves so much more. The garden and architecture is superb and the collections inside are amazing, arranged ‘geographically’ you can travel around the world by Art. –  Musée du Quai Branly may be one of the best kept secrets but while on a Paris city break or holiday it is well worth visiting.

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Best hotels in Paris for a city breakAddress: 37 Quai Branly, 75007 Paris

Tel: 1 56 61 7000

Tue, Wed and Sun, 11am-7pm;
Thur-Sat, 11am-9pm

Adult €8.50
Collection and Exhibitions €10

Disabled Access At the Terrace pools entrance – 206, rue de l’Université