What to see at the Musée du quai Branly in Paris: opening hours, prices and tips

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Wanted ed inaugurated by Jacques Chirac in 2006, the structure occupies an area of ​​40.600 square meters spread over four buildings and exhibits about 3.500 objects, selected from a collection that includes 300.000. The five-storey building is covered by an 800 sq m green wall overlooking the 18.000 sq m garden made up of paths, hills and walkways. Let's find out together what to see at the Musée du quai Branly in Paris


  1. What to see and how to visit the Musée du quai Branly
  2. oceania
  3. Asia
  4. Africa
  5. Americas
  6. Garden
  7. Hours and prices
  8. User questions and comments

What to see and how to visit the Musée du quai Branly

A real "museum of civilizations" whose vast exhibition and cultural initiatives are aimed at a multisensory approach: not only visual images, but also tactile and acoustic experiences and even smells are perceptible inside the "aromathèque" room.

The "Rivière" route, originally created for the blind, is currently accessible to anyone entering the museum and like most French museums, the Quai Branly excels in the variety of educational initiatives designed for children. The main tunnel, 200 meters long, connects several side rooms dedicated to the four continents and also houses an auditorium, classrooms, a reading room, a space for temporary exhibitions and a restaurant.

Below we present the main areas of the museum.

1 - Oceania

This exhibition area contains objects and artifacts from Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Polynesia, Micronesia and Australia. See the tribal masks and jewels of Malaysia, the relic fish of the Samoa Islands, the beautiful Australian Aboriginal paintings, the New Guinea War Charm and New Zealand jewels. Cultural and social themes, such as the conquest of social prestige within the tribes, exchanges, initiation, funerary rituals and the relationship with ancestors and divinities are very well represented by various artifacts and objects.

2 - Asia

Exposure is rich in costumes and personal ornaments: Ainu dresses from Japan, Indian saris, Miao embroidery and South China jewelry. They come proposed artifacts on religious arts, such as Southeast Asian Buddhism and Siberian Shamanism, along with some artistic procedures such as ikat and lacquer. To see the figure of the shadow theater representative Vishnu, the lamps from Nepal, the Tovil from Sri Lanka.

3 - Africa

Suggestive, sometimes disturbing, the masks of the tribes and valuable musical instruments for dance, the Kongo Mask, the Nigerian salt cellar, Malian statues. In the middle of the tour, a showcase is dedicated to magical rites and agrari includes a set of traditional punishment dolls from Morocco and an Ashura mannequin. All along the north facade, areas to discover some aspects of the arts of shadow theater in Syria and Turkey, the art of carpet weaving in rural Morocco, Islam and Judaism in North Africa. A last showcase offers a glimpse into the art of the Tuareg.

4 - Americas

Perhaps the richest section, with over 100.000 items, it ranges from Inuit traditions in Alaska to pre-Columbian Maya, Aztec and Olmec civilizations. The Circuit of the Americas is divided into two main sections: one that features the Americas from the th century to the present and one that examines pre-Hispanic America before the European conquest. To see the Quetzalcoatl of Mexico, the th century Inuit mask, the Mayan plate, the Canadian ceremonial set, a wonderful Aztec glove.

5 - Garden

A place of nature and culture, with paths, small hills, swimming pools and ponds. It is home to 169 trees and about thirty plant species: oaks and maples to the north, magnolias and cherries to the south. Thanks to the stilts structure, the garden also passes under the museum. Shows, conferences and concerts take place in an open-air theater in the heart of the garden.

Hours and prices

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday from 9:15 to 19:30 - Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9:15 to 21:15
  • Best time to avoid queues: the museum is always crowded and a few minutes in a row have to be budgeted. It is advisable to go to the entrance within the opening hours, when the school groups and tourist buses have not yet arrived.
  • permanent collection full € 10,00; reduced € 7,00 - full temporary exhibitions € 10,00; reduced € 7,00 - permanent collection + temporary exhibitions full price € 12,00; reduced € 9,00 - full cost of shows € 20,00; reduced € 10,00 - full concerts € 15,00; reduced € 10,00 - full guided tours € 8,00; reduced € 6,00 - audio guides € 5,00
  • Reductions: applied only to students, large families and under 26
  • Free: under 18 and holders of the Museum Pass.

Useful tips for visiting the attraction

  1. Get up early: the ideal would be to reach the entrance by 10:00
  2. Buy the city card: it is possible to buy the Paris Visit pass which entitles you to travel on bus, metro, RER and Montmartre funicular at a cost of € 12,90 per day and with the possibility of a subscription even for several days. Another interesting pass is the Paris Museum (buy online) which entitles you to enter over 60 museums and monuments in the city with priority access to the entrances at a cost of € 53,00 (among the museums in question there is also the Musée du quai Branly)
  3. Watch out for restrictions: controls in all public areas in Paris are particularly strict. All backpacks or bags are checked and eventually stowed in the appropriate deposits; a cloakroom is set up at the entrance to the museum
  4. Minimum time: to visit only the permanent collection it takes from 2 to 3 hours, while temporary exhibitions take about 1 hour each
  5. Surroundings: the museum is only 450 meters from the Eiffel Tower and 1 km from the Des Invalides park

Where is it and how to get there

  • On foot: the nearest railway station is Concorde which is 2,2 km from the museum. It can be reached in about 30 minutes on foot crossing the Pont de l'Alma and following the long Seine to the entrance to Quai Branly, 37 - Get directions
  • By bus: The buses that stop near the museum are numbers 42, 63, 80, 92, 72. The cost of the ticket is € 1,90 per trip
  • By metro: the closest metro stops to the museum are Pont de l'Alma (served by the RERC, a 5-minute walk from the museum), Ièna (served by line 9, a 15-minute walk from the museum), Ecole Militaire (served by the 8, is a 15-minute walk from the museum), Bir Hakeim (served by line 6, a 15-minute walk from the museum). The Metro ticket costs around € 1,90 per ride, the one for the RERC starts at € 2,80.

Historical notes and curiosities: what to know in brief

The museum cost about 233 million euro and sparked quite a few controversies when the then president Chirac inaugurated it. Chirac was passionate about Primitive Arts, a conceptual evolution of art that until then was not reflected in any museum in the world, but if the museum has as its objective the exhibition of artistic productions of civilizations from all over the world, a great disparity in the space dedicated to various cultures. Today the museum is also heavily frequented for educational and training purposes, to which special spaces, forums and exhibitions are periodically dedicated.

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