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 VisitFee: Yes
Open NowHours 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)Map of nearby accommodations:
|Metro / RER Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|M1 or M7||Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre||2 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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Ratedout of 5
A special museum featuring decorative arts you cannot find on display in other museums. The shop is also worth a visit, especially if you are looking to buy a gift for someone who appreciates great design. Be careful not to miss the jewelry exhibits "hidden" on the second floor above the gift shop.
Anthony Tilke - 1 month ago
Great museum for lovers of fashion and style. Very nice museum shop accessible without having to pay for a museum ticket.
Pascal Michaux - 1 month ago
Some amazing parts to this museum. Unfortunately many parts were uninspiring. With most descriptions in French it was also hard to make sense of what we were seeing. The temporary exhibition of Ponti was excellent.
Tareq Muhmood - 2 months ago
One of the best museums in Paris don't miss the views out of the round windows on the upper floors always a great special exhibit
David Kolonay - 2 months ago
No longer have the ESPACES MODE ET TEXTILE, as falsely advertised on the Paris Museum Pass. Unless you're really into furniture (tons of chairs!) and home decor over the ages, it's only worth a visit if you're interested in a particular exhibition. The permanent collection has rooms styled by different centuries, as well as lots of decorative objects (vases, clocks, dinnerware, etc). There is no fashion or textile arts in the permanent collection, which was very disappointing and unexpected. Unfortunately I came right before the Japanisme exhibition was due to open--definitely check their website to see if there are any ongoing exhibitions before going.
Anu Haden - 3 months ago