The Palais Galliera, Fashion Museum of the city of Paris (Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris), is a museum located in the 16th arrondissement of Paris (France), dedicated to the art and history of clothing and haute couture.

The museum is open to the public during temporary exhibitions — twice a year on average — each lasting approximately four to six months.

It is one of fourteen museums in the city of Paris managed since January 1, 2013 by the public administrative establishment Paris Musées.

The Palais Galliera faces Brignole Galliera Square, immediately north of the Palais de Tokyo and one block east of the Musée Guimet. The architect Léon Ginain based his design on a palace that the Duchess Galliera owned in Genoa. The building is faced in cut stone in the Italian Renaissance style supported by an underframe of steel, constructed by the Eiffel Company. The mosaic floors and domes are the work of Giandomenico Facchina (1826–1904). The statues on the façade that fronts Avenue du President Wilson represent “Painting” by Henri Chapu, “Architecture” by Jules Thomas, and “Sculpture” by Peter Cavelier. In 1916, a fountain was built in front of the museum.

The museum’s holdings contain about 70,000 items, and are organized as follows:

Costumes – from the 18th century to the present, including clothes owned by Marie-Antoinette, Louis XVII, and the Empress Josephine, the dress worn by Audrey Hepburn at the Longchamp Hippodrome (1966), and displays of fashions by the leading 19th and 20th century designers including Balenciaga, Pierre Balmain, Anne-Marie Beretta, Louise Chéruit, Sonia Delaunay, Christian Dior, Jacques Fath, Mariano Fortuny, Jean Paul Gaultier, Givenchy, Paul Poiret, Paco Rabanne, Yves Saint Laurent, and Elsa Schiaparelli.

Undergarments – an excellent collection of slips, corsets, crinolines, etc.

Accessories – including jewelry, canes, hats, fans, purses, scarves, gloves (including a pair owned by Sarah Bernhardt), parasols, and umbrellas.

Graphic arts and photography – stamps, drawings, photography, advertisements, etc.

Address: 10 Av. Pierre 1er de Serbie, 75116 Paris, France.

The museum is accessible by 10 avenue Pierre-Ier-de-Serbie and by the square du Palais-Galliera, from avenue du Président-Wilson. It is served by Paris metro line (M) (9) at Iéna station and is located between rue de Galliera and rue Maria-Brignole.


Saturday 10 AM–6 PM
Sunday 10 AM–6 PM
Monday Closed
Tuesday 10 AM–6 PM
Wednesday 10 AM–6 PM
Thursday 10 AM–6 PM
Friday 10 AM–6 PM.

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20 arrondissements of Paris

Architecture of Paris

Museums of Paris

Entertainment in Paris

Bridges in Paris

Parks in Paris

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Shopping in Paris

Transport in Paris

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