Musée du Quai Branly
37 quai Branly, Paris, 75007
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- Backpackers / Students, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Seasoned travellers, Design and architecture, Education, Live entertainment, Sightseeing
Expert review of Musée du Quai Branly
This stilted, colourful building designed by Jean Nouvel was former President Chirac's grand project, devoted (although the name doesn't let on) to primary arts (or what used to in politically uncorrect days be called tribal art). I find the presentation rather theatrical, the labelling a mess and the layout — supposedly arranged by continent – at times confusing (I spent ages finding the exit on my first visit), but there are some fabulous items here and a huge variety of artefacts: African masks and sculptures, Ethiopian wall paintings, pre-Columbian pots, carved Pacific canoes and housing beams, Native American decorated cowhides, Peruvian feather cloaks, Moroccan costumes and jewellery. Interactive screens provide additional archive films, background material and sound recordings. There's also a busy programme of dance, concerts, theatre and debates in the basement auditorium and outside amphitheatre.
Collection 8.50 euros, free under 18s and EU nationals under 26 and all on the 1st Sun of the month. Temporary exhibition 7 euros; collection and exhibition 10 euros.
More information on Musée du Quai Branly:
- Price guide:
- Architectural site, Museum, Park / garden
- 37 quai Branly, Paris, 75007
- 01 56 61 70 00
- Months open:
- All year round
- Opening times:
- Tue, Wed, Sun 11am-7pm, Thur-Sat 11am-9pm.
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Art, Rainy days, Jean Nouvel, Tribal art