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

Open Now: No

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 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 5

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 days ago

5 Star Rating We only saw the Dior exhibition, I really hope to see the rest of the museum some day. The organization is bad - we waited in line for 40min (even though we bought online tickets) and the exhibition was so crowded that it felt a bit dangerous at times, but it was still worth all the trouble. It’s simply amazing. Buy tickets online, come at least 30min early, brace yourself for the crowds and plan at least 2 hours for the exhibition. We stayed for 2,5 hours and would stay longer it was less crowded.

Dominika Majchráková - 7 days ago

5 Star Rating After waiting 3 hours in the line finally we get in, obviously it's worth to wait 3 hours in the line such a beautiful place speechless, amazing I love people how they that creates and creative arts for their life highly recommended for Palace getaway

Eli Lance - 16 days ago

5 Star Rating Wow, wow, wow! Can't believe I missed this place on my regular visits to Paris. Loved the jewellery gallery.

Claire Mykura - 20 days ago

4 Star Rating There's a lot of really interesting things to see. I went for a special exhibition of Christian Dior, where it was was absolutely sweltering and I was bored out of my mind, even though it was clearly well put together. I'm thankful I saved a little time for the permanent collection, which was much less crowded and really worth the time.

Jon Edward Jordan - 3 months ago


Video showcasing some of the collections inside Les Arts Decoratifs

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