Quai Branly Museum, Paris, France

Quai Branly museum glass wall, Paris, France

Situated only 100 m from the Eiffel Tower, MQB (Musée du Quai Branly, named after the location) is a relative newcomer to the Paris museum group, hosting strange and exotic artifacts from around the world. We loved Branly’s strange art surrounded by high glass and greenery.

Visiting Quai Branly Museum

Paris 7th arrondissement panorama including Quai Branly Museum, France

Musée du Quai Branly in Paris’ 7th Arrondissement photographed from the second level of the Eiffel Tower by King of Hearts. Most of Paris’ other attractions are around to the right, out of picture, though still easily walkable.

The Musée du quai Branly specialises in indigenous art from outside Europe and hosts a vast collection of which 3, 500 are on display at one time.
Branly, spnsored by President Jaques Chirac, opened in 2006, the newest major museum in Paris. It’s on the left bank of the Seine beside the Eiffel Tower and Pont de l’Alma. The nearest métro and RER stations are Alma – Marceau and Pont de l’Alma.

Quai Branly museum garden entrance, Paris, France

Designed by Jean Nouvel, the museum architecture itself is remarkable.

Quai Branly's 'living wall', Paris, France

Branly’s living walls. Photo by Lauren Manning.

Quai Branly museum African display, Paris, France

The displays are modern and stylish. These are African pieces, part of 3, 500 exhibits.

Quai Branly museum, Bolivia masks display, Paris, France

A dancer’s mask for Bolivia’s Carnival of Oruro.

Quai Branly museum Maya sculpture display, Paris, France

A Mayan object made of shell and jade.

A bronze bull on a piano in Quai Branly garden, Paris, France

We’re not so sure about why this bronze work – A Peak in Darien – is in Branly’s garden. It’s by Michael Parekowhai, a Maori New Zealand artist. Photo by Dalbera.

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