Musée national des arts asiatiques Guimet, Paris

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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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  • A museum with three levels for permanent and two collections spaces additional for exhibitions. The rooms are well presented, all is very varied (sculptures, furniture, fabrics, objects of worship, dishes, masks...). A beautiful Museum. Currently interesting exhibition on the kimono
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  • You eyes a wonderful collection of kimonos different according to the social classes of the panels to each window explain the origin and the destination of each of the parts you will be shown the entry how are realize these clothes and their evolution over time during the course at the end of the visit a presentation of modern kimonos made by Yves st Laurent and Jean Paul Gaultier among others due to a short film you will learn how to put a kimono
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  • Any savvy person in Asia, from Kazakhstan to Japan not to mention Mongolia and Thailand must go in this museum. 60000 works! And more in this moment an exhibition on free kimono 1st Sunday of each month. Friendly staff. Foolproof.
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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.