Museum of Decorative Arts
(Les Arts Decoratifs)

Les Arts Decoratifs or Museum of Decorative Arts exhibits a huge range of decorative art ranging from antique to modern

Outside of Les Arts Decoratifs seen from the Jardin des Tuileries
Outside of Les Arts Decoratifs seen from the Jardin des Tuileries cc licensed photo by dalbera

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.

Nearby attractions: The Louvre and Jardin des Tuileries

Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: Les Arts Decoratifs

Fee: Yes

Closed Now

Regular Hours:

  • 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

Category: Museums

Address: 107 rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris
France

Phone: +33 1 44 55 57 50

Reviews

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4 Star Rating 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

Irene E. Jun-02-2019

5 Star Rating 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

Jeffrey C. May-18-2019

3 Star Rating Came here to see the Christian Dior exhibit in 2017 which was INCREDIBLE. Without a doubt one of the best exhibits I've ever been to in my life. Came back... Read More

Jordan W. Oct-29-2018

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Metro / RER Line Nearest Station Walking Time
M1 or M7Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre‎2 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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