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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  • This was a STUNNING museum! I was saddened that not all of the rooms were open for study but it's not to be missed. I loved the representations of lesser visited countries. Uzbekistan had some interes...  more »
  • Very beautiful exhibition with a scenography of a deep blue that showcases all of the exhibits. Gold in Scripture in clothes in the Buddhist statues. See
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  • The Musee Guimet is an enchanting place where you can travel through Asia for a few hours and leave wanting to see more. It has a very rich permanent collection and choices for special exhibits are we...  more »
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  • A spectacular collection of Asian art, clearly the finest in France. The museum covers a wide range of periods and areas - India, China, Gandhara... I particularly enjoyed the India section on the ground floor, including the small but superb collection of Chola bronzes.
  • The Musée Guimet: the quickest route to Asia! From 1889, when it was established by Emile Guimet, to the present day, the museum has continued to add to and diversify its collections. Presenting 5 thousand years of Asian art, time has not stopped at the Musée Guimet: you will be surprised at times to come across works by contemporary artists in the pared back, sobre and sleek design of the museum's exhibition spaces. From Buddhas from Afghanistan to the Zen monks of Japan, from Indian fabrics to Samurai armour, and from Khmer treasures to Chinese fine art, the Musée Guimet offers unique collections which provide the opportunity to go on a meditative, aesthetic and explorative journey to the heart of Asia. Magnificently renovated in contemporary style, it is the largest European museum devoted to Asian art.
  • Beautiful collection of Asian art. The interior is light, spacious and well-organized. The kimono exhibit was lovely but I would only give it 3 stars by itself, as it would have been interesting to have some info, or a display, on how these items were actually worn - what they would have looked like on a person and not just hanging like tapestries.
  • One of my favourite museums in Paris. Completely underrated, always well presented and beautifully arranged. A gem for orient lovers in Paris.
  • An incredible and underrated museum. A lot to see. Very good value for money. The library is just stunning!

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