The Quai Branly Museum

Dedicated to the arts and civilisations of Africa, Oceania, Asia and the Americas, the museum boasts some 300,000 exhibits including sculptures, fabrics, statues and jewellery, sourced for the most part from… the former collections of the Musée de l’Homme and the Musée National des Arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie.
Designed by Jean Nouvel, the architect of the Institut du Monde Arabe and the Cartier Foundation, the building with its silk-screened glass wall extends over 39,000 sq.m.

It includes a lush 18,000 sq.m. garden and a 10,000 sq. m. exhibition area, with the permanent collections housed in a 6,500 sq.m. space. Visitors enter the museum along a 200 metre-long wooden footbridge set on piles.
The luxuriant garden is planted with 178 trees including rambler rose, sugar maple, wisteria and magnolia, while more than 15,000 plants of 150 species cover a vertical surface of 800 sq.m. that constitutes the façade.
Open to a wide public in search of further knowledge, the museum’s multimedia library offers free access to 25,000 works. – ED

Contact :

Access : 37, quai Branly Portail Debilly, 75007 PARIS

District : Tour Eiffel / Trocadéro

  • Bir Hakeim Iéna Alma Marceau
  • RER : Pont de l’Alma
  • Bus : 42, 63, 80, 92
Current events

The 6th Prize list of the museums of art in France, realized by Artclair, registers this year an important modification of the usual hierarchy in its summit. While the big Parisian museums are always in the main platoon of the general Prize list, the Louvre museum loses 2 places, giving up the head of the classification to the Centre Pompidou and the second position to the Quai Branly Museum.

Informations :


In 2006, a museum dedicated to arts and civilisations will open on a plot of land on the quai Branly, and will house collections from the Musée national des arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie and from the Ethnological Laboratory of the Musée de l’Homme. This new museum, built according to plans by Jean Nouvel in a huge public garden designed by Gilles Clément, will develop the scientific missions of the two existing museums, by offering visitors a wide range of activities. A library boasting 25,000 available works, as well as a news room, will be at the origin of a stock of information freely accessible via the interactive devices within the museum. Virtual visit on the website:

Others informations

Architecturals styles : Contemporary

  • List of collections :

Archaeology, Sculpture, Painting, Photography, Ethnography, Textiles, Silver/Gold plate, Weapons, Manuscripts, Ceramics, Religious items, Far East religions, Drawings, Multimedia, Everyday items, Life show, Music, Documents, African arts, Lithographs, Illustrations, Instruments, Rugs, Engravings, Anthropology, Costumes, Frescoes, Art instruments, Trophies, Objets d’art, Funerary art, Iconography, Tools, Jewels, Interactive, Auditorium/Lecture hall, Films, Jewellery, Common items, Islamic arts

  • Collections period :

17th century, 6th century, 5th century, 4th century, 10th century, 11th century, 18th century, 19th century, 20th century, 12th century, 1st century, 2nd century, 3rd century, 14th century, 15th century, 16th century, Paleolithic, Neolithic, 13th century, 8th century, 7th century, 9th century, 21st century

Garden : The botanist Patrick Blanc has created a huge 800 m² plant wall. Taking his inspiration from nature, he designed a fixture that would host 15,000 plants from 150 species of plants from all around the world on one of the facades of the museum thus creating an amazing plant composition.

  • Opening days and times

Open/Closed :

Everyday but Monday 11am-7pm. Private access for groups (compulsory booking) from 9.30am.

Cash desk closes at :

45mn before the closing time

Days of week :

Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday

Open on those public holidays :

1 January | Easter | Easter Monday | 8 May | Ascension Day | Whitsuntide | Whit Monday | 14 July | 15 August | 1 November | 11 November

Night openings :

Thursday, Friday, Saturday until 9pm

  • Individual tours

Independant tour :

8,50€ or 6€

Guided tour.


Free for children : -18yrs

  • Group tours

Group tour : compulsory booking

  • Services
Foreign language tour.
Foreign language information : French, Italian, English, Spanish, German
Educational activities.
Audio guide.
Restaurant.Gifts shop.
Room hire.

Other services : Bookshop

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