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Quai Branly Museum

March 4th, 2009 by paris

The Quai Branly Museum, located near the Eiffel Tower at 218 rue de l’Universite, is a new museum in Paris that exhibits art from areas such as Oceaniia, the Americas, Africa, and Asia. Commissioned by former French President Chirac, the Quai Branly Museum is an exciting place to visit with its 3,500 pieces of international artwork.

At a cost of only 10 euros per person, the museum is an inexpensive venue for sightseeing especially if you have a Museum pass (allows free access).

The Quai Branly Museum building is very modern and distinctive. Designed by Jean Nouvel, a French architect, the walls and ceilings of the building are dark and offset by spotlights that showcase the art displays. The works are arranged according to geographic region, and feature interactive multimedia screens that provide additional information about the various pieces of art. The outside of the building features a vegetation wall with thousands of plant species.

Visitors to the Quai Branly Museum will enjoy international music as they walk through the air-conditioned building and view the many artefacts. The Quai Branly Museum offers many comfortable places to sit and is very accommodating to those with a handicap, providing quick entry and free wheelchairs. The museum is easily accessible by bus or Metro. Being relatively new, it can get very crowded on the weekends, so weekday visits are recommended for those who don’t wish to wait in line.

The Quai Branly Museum also features Les Ombres Restaurant, which is located at the top of the building. Lunch at Les Ombres is fairly reasonable in price, although dinner is a bit more expensive.


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