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

Fee: Yes

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: Closed
  • 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

Address: 107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

Phone: 01 44 55 57 50

Official Website: Museum of Decorative Arts (Les Arts Decoratifs)


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

How to get to Museum of Decorative Arts (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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Rated 4.4 out of 5Musée des Arts Décoratifs Star Rating

5 Star Rating Attended a special exhibition of Martin Margiela designs which was beautifully put together. Helpful staff. Restroom modern and clean though busy. Cloakroom. Lovely book and gift store.

Andrea Charlton - 16 days ago

5 Star Rating Go visit! A wonderful walk through the history of the decorative arts. From middle ages to nowadays, the best is showcased here. While the permanent collection is amazing, the museum also displays great temporary exhibition often relating to fashion. A must see right next to Le Louvre.

Francois G - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating Went to see Christian Dior's exhibition. The queue tends to be long, like real long, so plan ahead for an extra hour. Inside, the venue is pretty magical and the curators of various exhibitions tend to be some of the best in the world. Reason why 4 stars is not the queue (I mean, it was Dior, so well expected), the reason is the distance and the coldness of the staff. I know they have to deal with lots of people, but doing your job with a smile helps everything flow better. Learn how to smile and be polite French people :) :D

Andi Ismaili - 5 months ago

2 Star Rating UNBELIEVABLE SERVICE!!! I booked the tickets online for the Dior exhibition and it was all in French (the English version doesn't have everything translated) I could understand a bit only because I speak Italian and Spanish, no idea how someone else could understand!!! I also had some issues with the online tickets and when I sent some emails, I only received answer in French!!! The museum is amazing but the staff is simply unhelpful!!! I knew French people only speak French but I expected some basic words, no one in that place could even say a word or a number in English! They checked my bag at the entrance and inside another security stopped me and kept speaking French, starting to rise the voice as I was standing there. Not a word in English and no one else around that could translate something(it was very crowded).. The problem was simply "bag too big" Then, in the cloakroom, we were lots of tourists and the staff were shouting numbers only in French so obviously we were all there not understanding a word.. Almost 30mins wasted to get into the exhibition!!!!!!

Serena V - 6 months ago

5 Star Rating This is one of my favorite museum in the world. First because it is located in the most amazing and Biggest museum in the world: le louvre. Second, because it is situated inside the napoleon 3 aisle. So one can actually see the splendor of the second empire style. Third, I would say the permanent collection: from furniture to interior design history people can see original pieces of the decorative art history from the middle age to the contemporary masters. Breathtaking... you will need to allocate time to see it all. the last point, and not the least, the temporary exhibitions. They are always amazing. From deco to fashion, everything is crafted and presented in the best of ways. Interesting, astonishing and educational. Splendid programing all year long. kudos to the gift shop that will allow you to purchase really special designer items.

Romain DUPUY - 6 months ago


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