Visit these museums and you’ll discover artefacts from ancient civilisations, archaeological treasures and Asian art.
Different but no less interesting
An amazing array of artefacts from ancient civilisations in Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas fill the rooms of the Musée du Quai Branly, which was opened in 2006 by President Jacques Chirac. Its permanent collection includes some 300,000 pieces and it also hosts around 10 temporary exhibitions a year. Find out more about this French ethnological museum on www.quaibranly.fr. If you’re also interested in Asian culture, don’t miss out on the Musée Guimet, also known as the National Museum of Asian Arts. You’ll be amazed by its magnificent collection of Chinese and Japanese porcelain and by the Buddhist pantheon, dedicated exclusively to religious art. Other main attractions include a collection of archaeological pieces from the Greco-Bactrian kingdom and the city of Aï-Khanoum, as well as the Tillya tepe treasure, on loan since 2007 from the Museum of Kabul. Explore its collection on www.guimet.fr.