A stone’s throw away from the Eiffel Tower, we find the Musèe de quai Branly (known as the Quai Branly Museum o MQB). Combining the ethnology collection from the Museum of Man and the African and Australasian art collections from the National Art Museum, Quai Branly is the place to go to see primitive and tribal art.
Opened recently (it was inaugurated by former president Jacques Chirac with Kofi Annan in 2006), the Quai Branly museum is a modern, beautiful structure specially designed to showcase a collection of almost 300,000 objects.
Designed by renowned architect Jean Nouvel, the Quai Branly museum consists of a long crystal runway on wooden piles, all covered in lush vegetation. All the plants on the premises were specially brought from all over the world, reflecting, perhaps, the numerous cultures represented by its vast art collection.
The objects are of Asian, African, American, and Oceanic origins, and are meant to provide wider understanding and insight into non-western cultures and lifestyles. They are all divided into three units: the musical instrument collection, the History collection – where you will find objects linked to discoveries and French colonial times – and the textile collection, which contains over 25,000 pieces.
The museum’s cafe and restaurant offer exceptional views of the docks, the Eiffel Tower and the entire city. The Quai Branly offers great food in a beautiful setting, making for excellent evening of indulgence after learning about other civilizations all day long.
The Quai Branly museum also holds very entertaining cultural exchange events, such as concerts and country expositions.
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