Musée national des arts asiatiques Guimet, Paris

(4.4/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web)
Musée national des arts asiatiques Guimet houses the largest collection of Asian art in the world outside of Asia, along with relics from Ancient Egypt and Greece. Examine Greco-Buddhist statuary from Gandahara (in present-day Pakistan) from the first and second centuries CE, such as the Standing Buddha, Bodhisattva Maitreya, and the Greek god Atlas supporting a Buddhist monument. You'll see Indian art from as early as the first century depicting the Buddha. Browse an impressive collection of 20,000 objects spanning seven millennia of Chinese sculpture, formed from jade, ceramics, and bronze. You can explore the historical and technical aspects of Asian textiles from India, Japan, and Indonesia. Using our world travel planner, Paris attractions like Musée national des arts asiatiques Guimet can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Here is a beautiful exhibition of old, well-dressed Kimono in value with very soft lighting, which ends with the influence of this costume on the current fashion in this museum. Do not forget to visit the temporary exhibition of the adventurer Alexandra David Neel who was the first woman to go to Tibet in the previous century in the company of his sherpa and who ended his life in France in Digne.
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  • The Guimet Museum has a great reputation. The welcome is friendly. The visit is strange. The collections are rich and yet there is as a discomfort to visit this prestigious places of culture. The malaise could come from its fragments of monuments torn from their places of creation. Not what made me discomfort and a big disappointment is that we can distinguish what is true and what is reconstituted, the true from the false... Very confused... Stayed on my hunger... Not knowing what I had seen... True, certainly; wrong, in what quantity? Frustrating...
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  • I revisited this museum after a decade and found it even more interesting I was in these years in the East especially in Indochina and India and I must say that the Museum is really rich offers you a complete overview of the best art of the region very interesting also the thematic exhibition devoted to kimono would say not to be missed
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  • Fantastic lighting and bite-sized rooms organized around particular place/period which allows one to "digest" the exhibition without being overwhelmed (as you would be at the Louvre, for instance). ALSO: very few tourists and you would often have entire rooms to yourself (improving ambiance quite a bit). Note: under 26s get in for less.
  • The museum is ok, but their pricing is set up to exploit visitors. There are tickets for the permanent exhibition, and then you pay a little extra for the temporary exhibitions as a combined ticket. But if you purely just want to visit a temporary exposition then you have pay full price for a combined ticket. They don't have an option for temp exhibition only. They also don't accept many normal credit cards which is very unusual and poor form on their part. To top it off, the staff and security were incredibly rude, even by Paris standards.
  • A very well-organised museum containing sculptures and small pieces of arts from many asiatic civilisations.
  • Small museum but 4 floors to explore. Well organised, and interesting exhibits
  • This often overlooked museum (by the tourists, anyway) appeals to anyone who loves Asian arts. The collections here from China, Japan, Burma, Thailand and Vietnam are some of the best anywhere in the world. It has rotating temporary exhibits to spice up its permanent exhibits.