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Last updated: 09 November, 2022
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.

They’re arranged chronologically, by period – ranging from the Middle Ages all the way to the latest designers – as well as by theme. Changing exhibitions also run, themed around types and styles of furniture, ceramics, fashion and advertising. Other highlights include beautiful period rooms and historic jewellery.

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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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Hotel Le Pradey

Paris, Ile-de-France, France[0.2 miles]

In a perfect Louvre-adjacent location, this witty, original boutique hotel pays homage to Parisian style.

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Le Meurice

Paris, Ile-de-France, France[0.5 miles]

Seriously grand but pleasingly unstuffy, the queen of Paris’ palace hotels has a regal setting overlooking the Jardin des Tuileries.

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Hotel Bachaumont

Paris, Ile-de-France, France[0.9 miles]

A hip, Haussmann-style hotel is a fab base for anyone looking to mix sightseeing with shopping and nightlife. Uber-central, close to the Louvre, and with a brasserie and bars worth staying in for.

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Hotel d’Aubusson

Paris, Ile-de-France, France[1 miles]

A grand, historic boutique hotel, set in a 17th-century St-Germain townhouse, offers both history and a brilliant, contemporary Left Bank location.

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