Museum of primitive arts quai Branly
The musée des arts premiers, quai Branly or museum of arts and civilizations of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas (non-Western). This new Parisian museum is located in the 7th arrondissement of Paris not far from the Eiffel Tower, in the place that was occupied by the Ministry of Foreign Trade. It is located on the left bank of the Seine, just in front of the Eiffel Tower, and is surrounded by a large landscaped garden.
Like all ambitious and innovative projects in its architecture (Architect Jean Nouvel), the construction and realization of this Parisian museum was adopted and supported by Jacques Chirac (President of the Republic 1995-2007) to leave a strong cultural mark in the capital. This architectural complex occupies an area of 40,600 m² spread over four buildings
It was inaugurated in 2006 and was designed to exhibit the arts and cultures of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas, as well as the indigenous cultures of France.
The museum brings together the former ethnology collections of the Musée de l’Homme (Palais de Chaillot) and those of the Musée national des arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie (located at the Porte dorée).
The museum houses an impressive collection of over 450,000 objects, some of which date back over 7,000 years. The objects are organized according to the different regions of the world, with galleries devoted to Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. The collection includes sculptures, masks, textiles, jewelry, musical instruments, tools and more.
The museum also offers temporary exhibitions, film screenings, concerts, lectures and workshops for children and adults. It also has a library and a research center.
The five-storey building comprises:
The museum itself, whose main gallery, 200 meters long, has several side rooms that are represented externally by the colored boxes.
The museum also includes an auditorium, classrooms, a reading room, a temporary exhibition space and a restaurant.
The “University” building includes a bookstore, offices and workshops.
The Branly building is adorned with a green wall of nearly 800 m2.
The Awning meanwhile includes the media library and reserves.
To go to the museum
Metro M6 stop Bir-Hakeim (5 minutes walk)
Official website https://www.quaibranly.fr/
Price between 7 and 10 euros see the site for more details on all rates.
Open Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Mondays) according to the days from 11h to 21h.
37 Quai Branly, 75007 Paris
In short, the Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac Museum is a unique place in Paris that offers a rich and varied cultural experience, highlighting cultures and arts that are little known to the general public, in an exceptional architectural setting.