As a showcase of American, Oceanian, Asian and African arts and civilisations, the MusÃ©e du quai Branly is a unique venue offering a fresh approach to non-Western cultures in the heart of Paris.
The garden and building provide a real change of scene for visitors in a new and enjoyable world.
The artefacts on display (objects, instruments, clothing, etc.) attest to other ways of leading daily lives around the world. The non-European material and art forms often arouse new aesthetic emotion and prompt new ways of thinking, thereby playing an educative role as regards tolerance.
The museum also organises temporary exhibitions. Whether they present objects on loan from others museums the world over, the works of contemporary artists, or explore key themes about human relationships (such as the major anthropology exhibition), these exhibitions allow onlookers to gain a better grasp of the artistic, historic and cultural link between yesterday and today, between here and elsewhere.
The museum is also where living arts reflect the artefacts through shows, concerts, encounters and debates.
Activities to encourage discovery of the four continents (music, plastic arts, etc.) have been designed for families and children in particular: the whole journey into art and culture is within our reach in the heart of Paris.
All of these cultural events and the activities timetable are available in brochures entitled “Cette annÃ©e tout le programme” (The whole programme this year) and “Au programme de l’automne” (What’s on this autumn).
Exploring the permanent collections
An unpartitioned geographical itinerary comprising 3,500 artefacts from all four corners of the world.
At the end of the â€˜rampâ€™, the long winding walkway that spirals up from the reception hall, the permanent collections area presents the great geographical regions in which the MusÃ©e du quai Branlyâ€™s remarkable collections originated: Oceania, Asia, Africa and the Americas. The visitor makes his way fluidly across them, taking in the major crossroads between civilisations and cultures: Asia-Oceania, Insulindia, and Mashreck-Maghreb.
The 3,500 artefacts are presented so as to highlight the historical depth of the cultures that produced them, and the many different meanings that the works themselves possess. The museography encourages the visitor to take the time to inform himself on major thematic areas: masks and tapa in Oceania, costume in Asia, and African musical instruments and textiles form the subjects of a series of fascinating video presentations.
37, quai Branly
75007 â€“ Paris
Entry to the museum is via rue de lâ€™UniversitÃ© or via Quai Branly.
1 Branly entrance: 51 quai Branly
2 Debilly entrance: 37 quai Branly, facing the Passerelle Debilly
3 Alma entrance: 27 quai Branly
4 UniversitÃ© entrance: 218 rue de lâ€™UniversitÃ©
5 Bassins entrance: 206 rue de lâ€™UniversitÃ©
– metro : IÃ©na (line 9), Alma-Marceau (line 9), Pont de lâ€™Alma (RER C), Bir Hakeim (line 6).
– bus : line 42 Eiffel Tower stop; lines 63, 80, 92: Bosquet-Rapp stop; line 72 MusÃ©e dâ€™art moderne â€“ Palais de Tokyo stop
– river shuttle : Eiffel Tower stop (Batobus, Bateaux parisiens et Vedettes de Paris).
– paying car park accessed via 25 quai Branly.
– 520 places, including 12 reserved for persons of reduced mobility.
– pedestrian access is via rue de lâ€™UniversitÃ©, alongside the Garden.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tickets are sold until 6.15 p.m.
Late opening on Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 9 p.m.
Tickets are sold until 8.15 p.m
Reserved entry for groups from 9. 30 a.m.
Closed on Monday
Closed 1st may and 25 december
Reserved access for groups, from 9.30am (reservations only)