Les Arts Decoratifs or The Museum of Decorative Arts exhibits all items and artworks related to decorative art and design. This museum collection was established in 1905 and is a design and decor enthusiast's wonderland.
Le Musee des Arts Decoratifs did close for extensive renovation and restoration work in 1996 but it was completed and the museum was reopened to the public in 2006. The renovation reportedly cost the museum approximately forty five million dollars over this ten year period. The collection includes a huge variety of decorative art and design, with some of these items dating back as far as the 13th century.
A visit to Le Musee des Arts Decoratifs will prove to be a rewarding excursion and promises to provide an interesting and accurate portrayal of the history of French taste in decorative arts. Make sure that you allocate quite a bit of time to this excursion when planning your Paris itinerary as this museum could keep you enthralled for hours on end.
The collection in the Museum of Decorative Arts includes many pieces of antique French furniture, carpets, tableware and quite an extensive collection of glass pieces. The museum exhibits modern art as well as these antique examples of decorative art. These modern pieces include many examples of Art Deco (a phrase coined by the museum when hosting an exhibition in 1966) and Art Nouveau varieties.
One of the most popular attractions at the museum would have to be the period rooms. These rooms contain replicas or actual pieces from the rooms of the prominent Frenchmen. For example, the gold cabinet of Avignon, the dining room of Eugene Grasset and the bedroom of a famous French courtesan can all be viewed at Le Musee des Arts Decoratifs. It will literally feel as though you are stepping into a day in the life of the chosen Frenchman.
You are not restricted to just looking at the exhibits. There are also a number of activities and excursions on offer daily. It is best to book ahead of time though, so make sure that you plan properly so that you can spend the appropriate amount of time in this wonderful museum.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Les Arts DecoratifsFee: Yes
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website, especially where Covid restrictions are in effect.
- Tuesday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Wednesday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Thursday: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
- Friday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Sunday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
107 rue de Rivoli
Phone: +33 1 44 55 57 50
Connie L. Dec-05-2020
I visited this museum with a friend in September 2020 on a Sunday afternoon. It is convenient to get here on the metro line 1, alighting at the station... Read More
Jeffrey C. May-18-2019
What a gem! Transport yourself through years of different periods of decor in one glorious building! Like so many museums one visit is never enough, one... Read More
Irene E. Jun-02-2019
MAD is next to Louvre but smaller and much calmer. The Napoleon's throne, and the exhibits of Chinoiserie - the Europeans' imagination, imitation and... Read More
Accommodations near Les Arts Decoratifs:
|Metro / RER Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|M1 or M7||Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre||2 minutes|
How to get to Les Arts Decoratifs by Metro / RER
From Metro Line 1 or 7 exit at Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre Station and proceed to your right (west) along Rue de Rivoli to the entrance on the left.
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