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

Les Arts Decoratifs Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • 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: Les Arts Decoratifs

Les Arts Decoratifs Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5 Star Rating

4 Star Rating Iris Van Herpen: SCULPTING THE SENSES exhibition. The first room is outstanding. Such an incredible display of clothes, lighting and mannequins. As the exhibition goes on and you can see her influence of nature into her clothes, everything really does come together. Beautiful staging, the music and sound really added something extra and the introduction of other standout art pieces was really quite perfect. The captions were very considered as all of her collaborators were credited. Towards the end, I was looking for other ideas and inspiration to justify such a large exhibition but it's an essential experience if you are in Paris and love fashion.
ANGELA LAMB - 5 months ago

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5 Star Rating Iris van Herpen's exhibition is truly breathtaking, captivating even those unfamiliar with the fashion industry. She stands out as one of the few designers seamlessly blending digital and craftsmanship techniques. Her adept fusion of materials, colors, and inspirations breathes life into stunningly unique dresses. From 3D-printed garments to intricately crafted mixed-media pieces, her work is a testament to innovation. I highly recommend purchasing tickets online in advance to avoid unnecessary waiting.
Qiancheng JIANG - 2 months ago

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5 Star Rating It is smart to reserve a timeslot in advance, otherwise you have to wait in line. I think we waited for around 15 minutes which isn't bad but of course having a ticket would be faster. I went on a Wednesday at the end of the day and it was perfect and not too crowded. The exhibitions they had were amazing! It is also free for anyone between ages 18-25. The pictures were from the Iris van Herpen exhibition which was so big and amazing!
Marie-Claire Rekkers - 3 months ago

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5 Star Rating I went to go see the Iris Van Herpen exhibit and it was truly one of the most amazing exhibits I’ve had the pleasure of seeing: it was an immersive exhibit of sights, sounds and touch, elevating the exquisite fashion designs to another level. On top of that, the MAD has an astounding jewelry collection (if you like jewelry, study jewelry, or like shiny things, a must!), fantastic collections of furniture and clothing through out the ages (my favorite was the Art Nouveau rooms and decor). Finally, we also saw the Fashion in Sports exhibit for the Paris Olympics which was amazing and educative (seeing what upper class citizens wore to play sports in 1800s, evolution of women’s rights and their ability to participate in sports, even a few pieces on an openly lesbian athlete in 1914, finally artistic fashion pieces for Olympics). Genuinely, may be one of the best museums I have been to! If you enjoy fashion, design, sports, or jewelry, you must visit the MAD!
Natalia Kaplan - 3 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating I saw the Iris Van Herpen exhibit and was blown away! The ambiance, the lighting, the spiral staircase, the music, and the display layout itself was incredibly well done. A must see! I also saw the sport fashion exhibit which was fascinating.
Sarah Myers - 4 months ago

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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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