Musee Guimet

7 Feb

Transferred to Paris from Lyon in 1885, Musee Guimet is a museum of Asian Art in the 16th arrondissement. It is not as big as the newly construced Musee du Quai Branly which also houses Asian art but the collection in Guimet is as interesting.

The museum was founded by an industrialist named Emile Etienne Guimet. He was commissioned to study the religions of the Far East and most of the objects in the museum came from this expedition.

Although not a lot of people know about it, it is actually one of the 12 major museums in France and is the largest museum of Buddhist art in Europe.

The Musee Guimet is located at 6 Place d’Iena in the 16th. Metro line 9: Iena. It is open every day except Tuesday and full entrance is 7,50€

Don’t forget, the entrance to national museums all over France is free every first Sunday of the month!

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