Crammed with iconic buildings, world-class art and a culinary scene steeped in history, Paris is one of the world’s great capitals, overflowing with style, romance, and art de vivre.
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Quai Branly Museum
Paris, Ile-de-France, France|www.quaibranly.fr|
Fascinating indigenous art and artefacts from every continent except Europe are theatrically presented in this striking modern building designed by Jean Nouvel.
The museum mainly includes exhibits from the now-defunct Museum of African and Oceanian art: masks, statues, fabrics, musical instruments, costumes and jewellery are displayed alongside archive film footage, soundtracks and photos – and there’s a well-rounded programme of performing arts, too.
Among the highlights of the permanent collection are giant bronze drums from 4th century BC Indonesia, indigenous sculpture from Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands, West African masks and stone megaliths, North Arabian camel palanquins, and North American totem poles.
Getting there & doing it
Take the metro to Pont de l’Alma or Alma-Marceau. It’s a 10-minute walk from there. Parking is available onsite (for a fee).
Buy tickets on arrival or better yet online beforehand (and avoid any queues). Various maps of the museum are available for download from the website.
When to do it
The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, all year round. Closed Mondays. It’s open late on Thursday evenings.
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