During the 20th century, non-Western arts started to be seen in museum collections. This development was largely thanks to cubist and fauvist artists. The idea of opening a museum in Paris in 2006, entirely devoted to the arts of Africa, Asia, Oceania and America gave shape to a worthy ambition - to enable a whole range of viewpoints, from the ethnologist's to the art historian's, to be brought to bear upon the artefacts in question, and bring official recognition to the place occupied by civilisations and cultural heritages of peoples often held apart from global culture today.
The collection comprises some 300,000 artefacts, most of them coming from the Musée de l’Homme and the Musée national des Arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie. The collection is organised by geographical area: Africa, America, Asia and Oceania. It also accommodates geographically transversal collections (the musical instruments collection, the History collection, and the textiles collection), and a remarkable collection of photographs. The permanent collections area exhibits 3,500 artefacts from the four continents.
Musée du quai Branly
27, 37, 51 quai Branly
206, 218 rue de l'Université
Phone: 01 56 61 70 00
Open Tuesday to Sunday.
From 10:00 am until 6:30 pm
On thursday the museum is open until 9:30 pm