Explore new cultures through art
Paris’s Quai Branly –Jacques Chirac Museum has been honouring indigenous art and non-western civilisations since its opening in 2006. The aim of the museum is to encourage inter-cultural dialogue and underline the importance of non-western art and heritage.
What’s to see?
Quai Branly houses exhibitions that show defining artworks from African, American, Asian and Oceanic cultures.It has three sections:
• Musical instruments collection;
•Textile collections - including more than 25,000 pieces (267,417 to be exact);
• Historical collections (linked to global exploration and the history of French colonialism).
The Museum itself
Designed by Jean Nouvel, the building's architecture leaves its visitors speechless. Enjoy a contemporary environment, which champions a green-feel with luxuriant natural elements (including living plants) mixed with modern construction elements, forming a sharp contrast with the bustle of Parisian life. Looking for a green space in the city centre? A real haven located just by the Eiffel Tower, the museum has a long footbridge - built partly of wood - which winds through 36,000 m2 of wild gardens.
A 200 m long (and 12m high) glass wall marks the entrance to the museum from the Seine. Along this glass facade, the botanist Patrick Blanc created 800m² of living wall covered with plants that are sure to delight any botanical enthusiasts. There is a surprising array of greenery from China, Japan, the United States and Central Europe.
Beyond the glass wall, enter the 2 hectare garden where valleys and trails meander underneath hanging "boxes" that host a variety of exhibitions.
Inside the museum there are large reserves open to researchers, a multimedia library, classrooms, conference rooms and a theatre which opens onto the "green amphitheatre" in the summer.
Musée du quai Branly
37 Quai Branly 75007 Paris