Starting May 19, 2021, Quai Branly Museum Paris is open for visitors. Here are the protocols the museum has in place to ensure the safety of visitors.
Glitz, glamour, love, fashion, melancholy, and curiosity are synonymous with the city of Paris, the French capital. If quaint corners and boulevards make you fall in love with Paris, rustic buildings are a testament to a forgotten past. While monuments offer a window to the city’s history, museums have a treasure trove of artefacts spanning decades. Get a glimpse of an intangible past in one such museum, the Quai Branly Museum Paris. Let’s dive deeper to know more about the museum and how you could book your Quai Branly Museum tickets.
The best way to buy your Quai Branly Museum Paris tickets is online. The museum recommends every visitor book their Quai Branly Museum tickets online and in advance. A few exhibitions require you to make an online booking to guarantee access to the exhibit.
The permanent exhibition at Quai Branly Paris has spectacles from geographical locations outside of Europe- Oceania, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. The exhibition presents a diverse collection of around 3,500 works- masks, textiles, statues, jewellery, etc., from different periods in history. With a focus on non-European cultures and heritage, Quai Branly Paris aims to facilitate and encourage intercultural dialogue through its rich and varied collections.
This permanent exhibition presents a few popular and minority arts from as early as the 19th century. The collection includes masks, costumes, ornaments, and jewelry. Masterpieces from Asia include a Shadow theater figure of the god Phra Narai (Vishnu), a Spirit support statuette, a male coat, lamps, and more.
This circuit is divided into two major sections. One circuit shows us the 17th century Americas. Whereas the other sheds light on pre-Hispanic America before European nations colonized the Americas. There are 100,000 items, like a Mayan dish, woman figurines, sculptures, and Gauntlet with zoomorphic decoration in the Americas collection.
This geographical presentation has 1,000 artworks from Africa. The displays here include archaeological masterpieces- masks, statues, magical objects, arts, reliquary guardian figures, salt shakers, etc. from Mali, Benin, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and other countries.
This group has artefacts from archipelagos from the south of Malaysia to the south Pacific. Oceania pays homage to cultural and social themes that shaped the region. Topics like the conquest of prestige, funerary rituals, the relationship with ancestors and divinities, etc. are examined in this section. A few masterpieces from the collection include hooks, masks, and sculptures.
This collection reflects textile arts- face veils, dresses, overcoats, waistcoats, and caps. Other display cases have sets of talismans, amulets, ex-votos, ceramics, and arms. There are dedicated sections to explore the magic and agrarian rites or the weaving carpets of Morocco, the art of shadow theater in Syria and Turkey, and more! Orientalist paintings from the collections of the museum dot the walls all along the tour.
This exhibit will give you a sneak-peak into pre-Columbian cultures that dominated the Gulf of Mexico. One of the most important of the Mesoamerican civilizations, the Olmec civilization flourished near the current-day Mexican states of Veracruz and Tabasco. The 300 items on display take you closer to the artistic traditions and beliefs of the diverse civilization.
Dates: 9 October 2020 to 3 October 2021
The 150 contemporary artworks on display at the Africa Reborn exhibition, deciphers the relationship between contemporary art and African aesthetics. The exhibits reflect how ancient African Arts have shaped, transformed, and given contemporary art a new life. Through a diversity of installations, paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, and videos, the exhibition revives ancient references that were merely perceived as visual models in the western world in the early 20th century.
Dates: 9 February 2021 to 11 July 2021
Driven by the need to ‘create to make a statement’, Christiane Falgayrettes-Leveau, the curator of Craving for Humanity, questions humanity. Using drawing, watercolours, sculptures, photography, performance, and installation art, the exhibits explore the upheavals of today’s world- wars, abuse of power, immigration, famine and dangers, and more. He aims to create social awareness.
Dates: 7 April 2021 to 5 December 2021
In the exhibition The African Shed Laboratory, artist Kemi Bassne has recreated a dynamic body of artistic creations using archives. By cross-referencing music and visual arts, arts, and politics, the exhibition questions how the past can make a mark on the future.
Dates: 7 April 2021 to 26 September 2021
In the 1960s, Czech-born artist Karel Kupka, collected bark paintings and sculptures in North Australia. The Gularri exhibition highlights how the Yolngu people of Milingimbi Islands in Australia, represented the waterscapes of their land. The selection- paintings, poems, films, audiovisual documents, illustrates the fragility of environments where humans and non-human activities coexist.
Dates: 22 June 2021 to 26 September 2021
Quai Branly Museum opening hours are as follows:
The museum is closed on Monday
Duration: To cover the entire museum, it would take between 2-3 hours.
The museum can be crowded during the weekends so plan a late afternoon visit on Thursday or Friday.
Metro: Take the metro line 6 to Bir Hakeim stop, or Metro line 8 to the Ecole Militaire stop. The museum is approximately 15 minutes from these stops.
RER (Rail transit system): Take line C to Champ de Mars Tour Eiffel station stop. The museum is 15 minutes from this stop.
Bus: There are multiple bus routes you can take to get to the museum.
The closest stop on route 42 is the Tour Eiffel or Bosquet-Rapp stop. If you are taking bus routes 63, 80, or 92, the closest stop to the museum would be Bosquet-Rapp.
On line 69, get down at the Champ de Mars stop.
On line 72 get down at the Musée d’Art Moderne – Palais de Tokyo or Alma Marceau stop.
On line 82, the Warsaw or Champ de Mars stop is closest to the museum.
On line 87, use the Rapp – La Bourdonnais stop.
Car/Parking: If you are driving to the museum, there is a car park located under the museum. You can use the car park for an added fee. There are reserved parking spots for specially-abled people.
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While the list of things to see and do at Quai Branly can be endless, these are the things you should not miss out on.
Quai Branly Museum Paris opened to the public on 19 May 2021.
Quai Branly Museum is following every safety protocol in decree with the government.
Quai Branly Museum tickets are available online. Alternatively, you can also buy it at the museum’s ticket counter or at the vending machine, on the day of your visit.
Children under 18 years of age enjoy entry to the museum without a ticket. Those aged 18 - 25 from the European Union can enjoy discounted Quai Branly Museum tickets.
Buying your tickets online and in advance is the best way to buy Quai Branly museum tickets.
Your Quai Branly museum tickets cannot be canceled, amended, or rescheduled.
Your Quai Branly Paris museum tickets are valid for 2 years from the date of purchase.
Quai Branly Museum is open between 10:30 AM - 7 PM on Tuesday - Sunday. On Thursday, the museum is open till 10 PM. The museum is closed on Monday.
The permanent collection which consists of artifacts like masks, music instruments, and more, from Oceania, Asia, and Africa is a must-see at Quai Branly Museum Paris.
It is advisable to buy your Quai Branly Museum tickets in advance to avoid end-moment ticket unavailability.
Yes, the Quai Branly Museum in Paris is fully wheelchair accessible, with lifts available for use.