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Last updated: 28 May, 2023
Expert travel writer: Anna Brooke

Housed in a wing of the Louvre – but independently run and ticketed – the Musee des Arts Decoratifs is an inspirational collection of items around the decorative arts, featuring diverse and beautiful types of furniture, home decor and accessories. With over one million objects in its collection, it’s the largest museum of decorative arts in continental Europe.

The collections are arranged chronologically, by period – ranging from the Middle Ages all the way to the latest designers – as well as by theme. Other highlights include beautiful period rooms and historic jewellery.

Changing exhibitions also run, themed around types and styles of furniture, ceramics, fashion and advertising.

Logistics

Price from: £12
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

Take the metro to Palais Royal–Musee du Louvre, close to the entrance.

You can buy tickets online (in French only) or at the entrance. Guided tours are available for individuals and groups throughout the week. Email them to book in advance.

When to do it

The museum is open all year round, Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Mondays. It’s open late on Thursday, when crowds are fewer.

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