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

Regular 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


Rated 4.5 out of 5Musée des Arts Décoratifs Star Rating

4 Star Rating Lots of furniture, jewelry, and assorted hole decorations from history on display. There was also an interesting exhibit on hair and hairstyles over the centuries. Not my favorite museum, but a good place to visit for a short afternoon

Dennis Gavrilenko - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating The Musee des Arts Decoratifs has really cool stuff to offer! I didn't hear much about this museum besides through the Paris Museum Pass website so I figured it was a hidden gem. It's right next to the Louvre and there was no waiting in line! 👍 It's a great additional stop on your museum itinerary if you're into decor, furniture, jewelry, etc. When we visited, there was also an exhibit on hair and wigs. The gift shop was not super big but not small either. I'm taking off one star because I feel the museum is lacking in signage. When we entered, the security guards told us to check our bags but it wasn't obvious that the coatroom was on the floor below. Secondly, some of the elevators didn't go to all the floors. We took an elevator at the end, thinking it would lead to the floor with the coatroom but it didn't so we ended up going back up and opted to find stairs instead. So I think there is room for improvement in signage.

ChinLin Pan - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating After / before visiting the Louvre please visit this museum! The architecture is impressive, but also the exhibitions also (the sport-related one which are on my photos is opened until 7th April 2024). Go easy: buy your tickets online to the timeslot which is the most convenient for you.

Tímea - 1 month ago

2 Star Rating The museum is putting up a new show. The guidance for the current exhibition wasn’t well signed. Several people had trouble following where to exit. Your security guard in the gift shop is extremely rude and unprofessional. It wasn’t clear where to exit from the bookshop either. You need to train the staff better to welcome visitors. Some very interesting pieces from the early development of decorative arts.

Alison Rooney - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Excellent museum. The most thoughtfully curated collection of vintage & antique relics of fashion by Alaia. These pieces by Schiaparelli were unbelievable to see in person. And the grounds of the museum are gorgeous, so plan for extra time to walk around the gardens. 😍

Empress Vintage - 1 month ago

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M1 or M7Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre‎2 minutes

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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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