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Visit the Quai Branly Museum

Situated in the heart of the capital on the edge of the Seine, the Musée du Quai Branly has become over the years an unmissable Parisian museum. It is a pioneering institution which is dedicated to the exhibition of ethnic art and cultural objects from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.

A bridge of a Museum

Other than a rich and fascinating collection, exhibited in a strikingly original manner, what really surprises is the building itself; discovering the Musée Quai Branly is to discover one of the most intriguing contemporary architectural creations that exists in Paris today. Designed by the French architect, Jean Nouvelle, the building resembles a huge bridge, standing on stilts, in the middle of a wood. Its façade is a rhythmic sequence of rectangular volumes in different colours, which have the appearance of enormous children's wooden building blocks. The museum isn’t immediately visible from the street; a huge glass wall – one of the building's many innovative features – encloses the site. In between grows a verdant forest of tropical plants and large trees concealing a large part of the structure from view. On entering the verdant wood, with its meandering paths, the visitor will encounter this unusual building as though one were leaving the rainforest and happening upon a new civilization. At night the garden is beautifully lit and a walk around it will reveal some it’s splendors.

Exceptional Collections

From the reception hall, a ramp will lead you up to the plateau where you will discover some of the most intriguing collections of ethnic art found anywhere in the world. The collection is divided into four distinct geographic sections, encompassing Oceania, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Through innovative displays, specifically developed for the museum, you will discover customs, believes, and traditions. Digital screens will guide you through the exhibition and will explain the context of the objects on show. Through a mix of archaeological artefacts and contemporary works you will discover the transformations of primitive societies, how they relate from one to the other, and their exposure to European exploration and colonisation.

After an exploration of the museum, finish off your visit with dinner at the impressive restaurant (Les Ombres), which crowns the museum. It's terrace sports breath-taking views of the nearby Eiffel Tower and the surrounding city.

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