Musée national des arts asiatiques Guimet, Paris
(4.4/5 based on 650+ 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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  • Guimet is a great way to travel in the far East at a small price. More specialized than Branly or other, more intimate, exhibitions (such as Angkor) are more detailed and more specific. A lot of information on the discovery of the Asian continent by the West. A nice place to relax for discover art and history.
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  • A museum lives up to its name. The staff is very friendly. The collections are very interesting and varied. Feel free to take an audio guide is free against the filing of proof of identity.
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  • A beautiful retrospective of the Asian art in a Museum, not very big but d great wealth and to take its time
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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.