The Quai Branly Museum

  • Quai Branly Museum

    Quai Branly Museum

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  • Quai Branly Museum

    Quai Branly Museum

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  • Quai Branly Museum

    Quai Branly Museum

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  • Quai Branly Museum

    Quai Branly Museum

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The Quai Branly Museum Musée du quai Branly 75007 Paris fr

Explore new cultures through art

Paris’s Quai Branly –Jacques Chirac Museum has been honouring indigenous art and non-western civilisations since its opening in 2006. The aim of the museum is to encourage inter-cultural dialogue and underline the importance of non-western art and heritage.

 

What’s to see?

Quai Branly houses exhibitions that show defining artworks from African, American, Asian and Oceanic cultures.It has three sections:

 

• Musical instruments collection;

 

•Textile collections - including more than 25,000 pieces (267,417 to be exact);

 

• Historical collections (linked to global exploration and the history of French colonialism).

 

The Museum itself

Designed by Jean Nouvel, the building's architecture leaves its visitors speechless. Enjoy a contemporary environment, which champions a green-feel with luxuriant natural elements (including living plants) mixed with modern construction elements, forming a sharp contrast with the bustle of Parisian life.  Looking for a green space in the city centre? A real haven located just by the Eiffel Tower, the museum has a long footbridge - built partly of wood - which winds through 36,000 m2 of wild gardens.

A 200 m long (and 12m high) glass wall marks the entrance to the museum from the Seine. Along this glass facade, the botanist Patrick Blanc created 800m² of living wall covered with plants that are sure to delight any botanical enthusiasts. There is a surprising array of greenery from China, Japan, the United States and Central Europe.

Beyond the glass wall, enter the 2 hectare garden where valleys and trails meander underneath hanging "boxes" that host a variety of exhibitions.

Inside the museum there are large reserves open to researchers, a multimedia library, classrooms, conference rooms and a theatre which opens onto the "green amphitheatre" in the summer.

 

Address

Musée du quai Branly

37 Quai Branly 75007 Paris

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