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Plan Your Visit to Quai Branly


The Musee du Quai Branly in Paris, France, showcases a diverse collection of indigenous art and artifacts from Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Oceania. Exploring this museum will deepen your appreciation of global cultures and their artistic expressions. Keep reading to gain deep insights into the museum's highlights and layout, which will help you plan a more enriching visit.

Musee du Quai Branly At A Glance

  • What are Musee du Quai Branly's opening hours?
    Musee du Quai Branly typically opens from 10:30 AM to 7 PM on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, while the gardens open from 9:15 AM to 7:30 PM. On Thursdays, the museum opens from 10:30 AM to 10 PM, and the gardens open from 9:15 AM to 10:30 PM.
  • Where is Musee du Quai Branly located?
    Musee du Quai Branly is located at 37 Quai Branly, 75007, Paris.
  • How many entrances does Musee du Quai Branly have?
    Musee du Quai Branly has three entrances: Debilly entrance, Université entrance, and Terrace Pools entrance.
  • How many visitors does Musee du Quai Branly get per year?
    The museum receives an average of 1.4 million guests every year.

What Is Musee du Quai Branly Opening Hours?

Best Time To Visit Musee du Quai Branly?

The best time to visit the Musée du Quai Branly is typically during the weekday mornings, shortly after it opens. Avoiding weekends and major holidays can help minimize crowds. Additionally, late spring or early autumn are ideal seasons to explore the museum, as Paris experiences pleasant weather during these times. To further ease your visit, use public transportation to navigate Paris and plan for off-peak traffic hours to reach the museum with less hassle.

Where Is Musee du Quai Branly Located?

Getting To Musee du Quai Branly

By Public Transport

  • By Bus: Take line 63 from Solférino, 240 m away from Musee d’Orsay. Or, you can also take line 69 from Musee d’Orsay.
    Closest stop: Pont de l’Alma or Rapp -La Bourdonnais, 400 m to 500 m away from Quai Branly.
  • By RER Train: Hop on RER train line C from Versailles Chateau Rive Gauche, 2 minutes away from Musee d'Orsay.
    Closest stop: Pont de l’Alma, which is a 350 m walk away from Musee du Quai Branly.

By Car

The drive from Musee d'Orsay to Musee du Quai Branly takes 10-15 minutes, depending on the traffic. Start driving southeast on Rue de Lille, towards Esplanade Valéry Giscard d'Estaing. After about 140 meters, take a right onto Rue de Poitiers and another right onto Rue de l'Université. Continue to follow the same road for over 1.6 km, and you will find the museum on your right. This whole journey is around 2.4 km in distance.

Know Before You Go

Dress Code

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
  • The museum houses a theater named after the French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss. Additionally, there is also a cinema that screens movies related to Quai Branly’s collection.
  • There is one delightful reading room named after a famous French art collector and expert on African art, Jacques Kerchache.
  • Quai Branly has an extensive media library containing magazines, books, audiovisual material, etc., concerning the museum's collection.
  • The museum also has a beautiful garden where you can spend your time.
  • Multilingual audio and video guides are also provided by the museum.
  • The museum also has a cloakroom to store your belongings.
  • Musee du Quai Branly ensures that every person can enjoy its wide range of collections.
  • To begin with, the museum allows free entry for visitors with disabilities.
  • It reserves specific spots for wheelchair users in both the theatre and cinema.
  • You can also ask for flashlights from the staff in the cloakroom for free.
  • The museum also provides audio and video guides in multiple languages, including English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Chinese, and Japanese.
  • Guests with hearing troubles can also borrow induction loops.

The Musée du Quai Branly does not have a strict dress code. Still, visitors are encouraged to dress comfortably and respectfully, taking into consideration the cultural and artistic nature of the museum. It's advisable to wear attire suitable for walking and exploring the exhibits while avoiding overly revealing or offensive clothing.

  • Do not touch, lean on, or damage any exhibits.
  • Photography is allowed in permanent and temporary exhibition areas, but you must not use tripods or flash photography. It is also not permitted inside the cinema and Claude Levi-Struss Theatre.
  • Large bags and luggage are not allowed into the museum.
  • Visitors are prohibited from bringing food and drinks into the museum, especially the exhibition area.
  • Pets are not allowed inside the building.
  • Smoking is prohibited within the museum premises.

Musee du Quai Branly has one gift and book shop from where you can make purchases of original and ethnic products. There is a range of specialist titles and journals relating to the field of non-Western civilization, artist's monographs, exhibition catalogs, CDs and DVDs, and several other products pertaining to museum events and exhibitions.

  • Opening hours:
    Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays: 11:30 AM to 7:30 PM
    Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays: 11:30 AM to 9 PM
  • Closed on: Mondays, May 1st, and December 25th
  • Cafe Jacques (on the premise): Cafe Jacques at the Musée du Quai Branly offers a relaxed setting with a diverse menu, ideal for a casual meal or a coffee break amidst the museum's cultural treasures.
  • Les Ombres (on the premise): Les Ombres, an upscale restaurant at the Musée du Quai Branly, provides an exquisite dining experience with gourmet cuisine and breathtaking Eiffel Tower views, making it a perfect spot for a memorable culinary journey.
  • Café de l'Homme (1.4 km): Café de l'Homme, situated near the Eiffel Tower at the Musée de l'Homme, is a sophisticated Parisian restaurant offering French cuisine with a stunning view of the iconic landmark.
  • Eiffel Tower (500 m): The iconic Eiffel Tower is a Parisian masterpiece, an iron lattice marvel soaring above the city, and a must-visit landmark offering unparalleled cityscape views.
  • Arc de Triomphe (1.8 km): A grand symbol of French pride, the Arc de Triomphe stands triumphantly at the top of the Champs-Élysées, commemorating military victories and offering a central hub for city exploration.
  • Louvre Museum (3.1 km): The Louvre Museum, a world-renowned cultural treasure trove in Paris, is home to thousands of arts and historical artifacts, including the enigmatic Mona Lisa, making it an unparalleled cultural destination.

Visitor Tips

  • Visit on the first Sunday of the month for free admission.
  • Enjoy a peaceful picnic in the museum's garden.
  • Make the most of both French and English labels so you can understand the collections and exhibitions better.
  • Don't miss the temporary exhibitions for contemporary art.
  • Relax at the museum's café, Café Jacques, or its other sophisticated fine dining, Les Ombres.
  • Respect the artifacts by not touching or using flash photography.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Visiting Musee du Quai Branly

What are the opening hours of Musee du Quai Branly?

The opening hours of Musee du Quai Branly vary on different days. Typically, the timings are 10:30 AM to 7 PM every day except Mondays and Thursdays. On Thursdays, the timings are 10:30 AM to 10 PM. The museum is closed on Mondays.

When is the best time to visit Musee du Quai Branly?

The best time to visit Musee du Quai Branly is in the morning on weekdays to avoid crowds and enjoy a tranquil experience.

Can I enter Musee du Quai Branly at any time during operating hours?

Yes, you can enter Musee du Quai Branly any time during its operational hours.

How much time does it usually take to visit Musee du Quai Branly?

A typical visit to Musee du Quai Branly can take around 2 to 3 hours to explore the collection thoroughly.

Are tickets required for entry into Musee du Quai Branly?

Yes, tickets are necessary for your entry into Musee du Quai Branly.

Can I buy tickets on-site, or do I have to buy them online?

You can buy Quai Branly tickets either on-site or online. The latter option is more convenient.

What is the cost of tickets for Musee du Quai Branly?

The starting cost of Musee du Quai Branly tickets is €12.

How can I reach Musee du Quai Branly?

You can reach Musee du Quai Branly via bus, metro, or car.

Is there accommodation for visitors with disabilities at Musee du Quai Branly?

Yes, Musee du Quai Branly offers accommodation for visitors with disabilities, including wheelchair access and adapted facilities.

Can I take photographs inside Musee du Quai Branly?

Yes, you can take photographs inside Quai Branly. That said, flash photography and a tripod are not permitted.

Are pets allowed inside Musee du Quai Branly?

No, pets are not allowed inside the museum.