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Quai Branly Museum is home to indigenous art pieces from across four continents - Oceania, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. The museum opened in 2006 and has since received an annual footfall of 1.5-1.6 million visitors. 

If you’re a history buff, looking to learn and educate yourself about non-western art and culture, visit the Quai Branly Museum on your next trip to Paris.

Continue to read to learn more about the museum and its highlights.

Quai Branly Museum at a glance

Musee du Quai Branly

Where is the museum located?

Address: 37 Quai Jacques Chirac, 75007 Paris, France

Landmark: Eiffel Tower - 460 meters away from the museum. It takes 5 minutes on foot from the Eiffel Tower.
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What are the museum’s opening hours?

  • The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:30am to 7pm and on Thursdays (only) from 10:30am to 10pm.
  • The museum’s garden is open Tuesday to Saturday from 9:15am to 7:30pm and on Thursdays (only) from 9:15am to 10:15pm.

Does the museum have any restaurants?

Yes, the museum has two restaurants - Café Jacques (in the garden) and Les Ombres (on the rooftop). Each of the restaurants serves delectable French dishes and offers breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower.

How many entrances does the museum have?

The Quai Branly Museum has three main entrances:

  • Debilly entrance - 37 quai Branly (opposite the Debilly Footbridge)
  • Terrace pools entrance - 206 rue de l'Université 
  • Université entrance - 218 rue de l’Université

For people with reduced mobility, the reserved entrance is 222, rue de l’Université 

How many annual visitors does the museum get?

The museum receives an annual footfall of 1.5-1.6 million visitors.

What are Quai Branly Museum's opening hours?

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The best time to visit Quai Branly Museum?

Seasonally, the ideal time to explore the museum is summer (June to September) and spring (March to June), with pleasant outdoor weather to enjoy the garden spaces. Weekly, the general recommendation would be to avoid weekends, public holidays, and the first Monday of every month (entry is free).

Where is Quai Branly Museum located?

Getting to Quai Branly Museum


By public transport

  • By bus: Board bus line 72 from Châtelet
    Closest stop: Musée D'art Moderne - Palais De Tokyo (900 meters away), a 12-minute walk to the museum.
  • By RER train: Board RER train line C from Saint-Michel Notre-Dame
    Closest stop: Pont De L'alma (450 meters away), a 5-minute walk to the museum.

By car

Driving to Quai Branly Museum is a short journey of 12 minutes. If you start at Hôtel de Ville, head west on Rue de Rivoli towards Pl. de l'Hôtel de Ville, turn left on Rue de la Coutellerie and use any lane to enter Av. Victoria on the right. Turn left on Rue Saint-Martin and continue onto Pont Notre Dame till you reach Quai Saint-Michel and you turn right onto Quai de Conti, which slightly curves to the left and becomes Malaquais. Keep right and continue on till you reach Rue de l'Université where you turn right and your destination - Quai Branly Museum, will be on the right side.

Know before you go

Musee du Quai Branly

Musee du Quai Branly has three entrances. These include:

  • Debilly entrance, which is located opposite the Debilly Footbridge at 37 Quai Branly
  • Université entrance, which is situated at 218, rue de l'Université
  • Terrace pools entrance, which you can access from the Lions door, the Carrousel gallery, the Pyramid, or the Richelieu passage, at the Pavillion des Sessions
quai branly museum garden
  • The museum has a free cloakroom to store your items (before your museum visit), excluding valuable and bulky items.
  • Multilingual audio and video guides are available.

The Quai Branly Museum is made accessible to everyone.

  • For motor disabilities: All of the museum’s spaces are accessible to wheelchair users and lifts are available between floors. The dedicated entrance for people with reduced mobility is 222 rue de l’Université, where the entrance is equipped with a lift.
  • For visual disabilities: Magnifying glass, binoculars, and a torch can be borrowed from the cloakroom. In the reading room, adapted computer equipment (a reading machine and computer stations with a screen reader, speech synthesizer, Braille reader, and scanner) is available in the reading room and media library.
  • Hearing disability: All the videos in the exhibition area have subtitles and guided tours using lip reading and cued speech are also provided.
  • The museum also allows free admission for people with disabilities and one accompanying person.
Do not touch
  • Do not touch, lean on, or damage any of the exhibits.
  • Running, sliding, singing, and shouting are prohibited.
  • Consumption of food and beverages are not allowed within the museum.
  • Suitcases, travel bags, and rucksacks (larger than A3 size) are prohibited inside the museum.
  • Flash photography is not allowed inside the museum.
gift shop

The museum has a gift shop and a bookstore, from where you can buy souvenirs. These include CDs, books, stationery, clothing, and fashion accessories.

Timings: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday from 11:30am to 7:30pm

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11:30am to 9pm.

The shop is closed on Mondays, 1 May, and 25 December

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  • Café Jacques (in the garden): A quiet cafe, in the garden space of the museum, this is the perfect place to unwind and grab a quick bite or a cup of coffee, on your visit. 
  • Les Ombres (on the roof): An upscale restaurant, serving an exquisite French dining experience with a Mediterranean twist and breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower.
Eiffel Tower
  • Eiffel Tower (500m): This iconic structure needs no introduction. A symbol of romance and an embodiment of engineering marvel, the Eiffel Tower is a must-visit.
  • Orsay Museum (2 km): Housed in a former Beaux-Arts railway station (Gare d'Orsay), Orsay Museum houses the largest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces,
  • Arc de Triomphe (2.2 km): A grand symbol of French pride, this monument was built to honor those who fought and died for France during the French Revolution and Napolean wars.

Visitor tips

  1. Entry to the museum is free on the first Sunday of every month. Plan your visit accordingly.
  2. Keep aside 3-4 hours to explore the museum thoroughly, including the temporary exhibitions.
  3. The audio guide, available at an additional cost, will bring greater understanding to your visit. The languages available depend on the circuit you choose, which you can learn about at the ticket counter.
  4. Before you visit the museum, download the ‘Guide to the Collections’, which will help you discover the museum deeper and get ‘behind-the-scenes’ access. The pdf is available in eight languages - English, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, and Arabic.
  5. A guided tour available to explore the museum garden designed by landscapist Gilles Clément. The pdf is currently available in French only.

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Frequently asked questions about visiting Quai Branly Museum

Who should visit the Quai Branly Museum?

Anyone interested in history, art, and culture should visit the museum. Since the museum houses non-Western art pieces and sculptures, the experience is unique.

Where can I buy tickets to the museum?

You can buy your tickets either at the museum or online. The latter is recommended because it allows you to plan your trip, in advance.

How much time should I spend at the Quai Branly Museum?

The time that you spend at the museum entirely depends on your schedule and your interests. If you’re short on time, keep aside 2 hours to go through all the collections and the ongoing temporary exhibitions. For a more comprehensive experience, keep aside 4 hours to visit the research library, reading room, and the Claude Levi-Strauss Theater.

Can I bring my child to visit this museum?

Yes, you can. The museum is a diverse one which shows indigenous art pieces and culture, which can be interesting to children. Within the museum, since the lighting is low, it is advisable to keep your child close to you and not allow them to run around.

Is child entry free?

Yes. Entry to the museum is free for all (EU residents) under the age of 26 years.

Are pets allowed inside the museum?

No, pets are not allowed inside the Quai Branly Museum.

Is there a dress code at the museum?

No, there is no dress code for the museum. However, it is advisable to wear something comfortable and respectable. You’ll be walking around the museum, so be mindful while picking out your footwear.