High culture is a quintessential part of Paris’ personality, and nowhere is that better expressed than in the city’s wealth of world-class museums. From art-world heavyweights to modernist stylings, here are six of the City of Light’s top museums.
Quai Branly Museum (Musée du Quai Branly)
37 Quai Branly, Paris, 75007
Quai Branly Museum's permanent collection of 3,500 objects is divided into geographical areas: Oceania, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Due to their fragile nature, objects from the permanent collection periodically rotate. Temporary exhibits are displayed in the main gallery, and range from painting collections to thematic displays of objects from around the globe.
Located nearby the Eiffel Tower in the 7th Arrondissement, the Quai Branly Museumis easily accessible via hop-on, hop-off bus tours, a convenient way for visitors to explore without the hassle of navigating on their own. Segway and bike tours offer views of the museum’s exterior and iconic vertical garden. The museum is listed on most Paris museums passes, which grant access to a bundle of institutions with a one-time payment. Museum passes also typically include the Louvre, Musee D’Orsay, and the Rodin Museum.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Quai Branly Museum is a must for history buffs.
The museum has two dining options: Branly Café, which serves light refreshments, and Les Ombres, an upscale restaurant that overlooks the city and Eiffel Tower.
The rooftop terrace has some of the best unobstructed views of the Eiffel Tower.
The museum is wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
Located in the 7th Arrondissement just east of the Eiffel Tower on Rue de l’Universite, the museum is easily accessible using the city’s comprehensive public transit system. The nearest stops are Alma-Marceau on line 9 and Pont de l’Alma on the RER’s C line.
When to Get There
Though busiest on weekend afternoons, the museum’s cavernous galleries mean that it rarely feels overly crowded. See the museum’s online calendar for cultural events, lectures, and concerts held throughout the year.
The Green Wall
In 2004, botanist and researcher Patrick Blanc designed and installed a vertical garden on the facade of museum that looks out over the Seine from Quai Branly. The garden wall houses 15,000 plants and 150 species from around the globe, and represents the future of green architecture in Paris.
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- 58 Tour Eiffel Restaurant
- Eiffel Tower
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- Pont de l'Alma (Alma Bridge)
- Paris Aquarium (Aquarium de Paris)
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