Musée du Quai Branly

Address: 37 quai Branly, Paris, 75007, France
Telephone: 01 56 61 70 00

- Mid-range


Non-western art and artefacts in a radical, colourful building.

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.

Value for money

Price advice

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.

Expert tips

The museum has a café overlooking the garden and an upmarket restaurant Les Ombres on the roof.

Children also enjoy the outside wild garden – spot the insects and plants encrusted in the path.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • First-time travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Education
  • Live entertainment
  • Sightseeing
  • Design and architecture