The Quai Branly Museum – Jacques Chirac, more commonly known as the Quai Branly Museum, formerly the Museum of Arts and Civilizations of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas before 2016, is an ethnographic museum located in the 7th arrondissement in Paris (France), along the quay of the Seine which gives it its name and not far from the Eiffel Tower, on the Quai Jacques-Chirac.

The project, led by Jacques Chirac and directed by Jean Nouvel, was inaugurated on June 20, 2006. Attendance stood at nearly 1,500,000 visitors in 2014 and in 2016 crossed the 10 million mark since its opening, which places it among the busiest in the world in its category.

On June 21, 2016, ten years after its inauguration, the museum took the name of former president Jacques Chirac, who initiated the project. Its emblem is a Chupicuaro statuette.

The museum collection combined 2 former museums:

  • the 25,000 objects of the Musée national des Arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie (The MAAO or National Museum of the Arts of Africa and Oceania), which had originally been created for the Colonial Exposition of 1931, and then remade in 1961 by André Malraux, the Minister of Culture under President Charles DeGaulle, into a museum dedicated to the cultures of the overseas possessions of France.
  • the collections of the laboratory of ethnology of Musée de l’Homme (“Museum of Man”), which was created for the Paris Exposition of 1937 and contained 250,000 objects.

Today the permanent collection has 300,000 works, 700,000 photographs, 320,000 documents, 10,000 musical instruments, and 25,000 pieces of textile or clothing. The main collections area displays about 3500 objects, rotating 500 each year. The museum has both permanent exhibits and large exhibits which change every six months. The museum also has thematic exhibits featuring masks and tapa cloth from Oceania, costumes from Asia, and musical instruments and textiles from Africa.

Temporary exhibits at the Museum touch upon a wide variety of subjects and themes. Themes of the exhibits in the summer of 2014 included the history and culture of tattoos, propaganda posters from Vietnam, and an exhibit about the influence of the culture of Oceania on American popular culture in the 20th century.

Address: 37 Quai Jacques Chirac, 75007 Paris, France.

Hours:

Thursday 10:30 AM–10 PM
Friday 10:30 AM–7 PM
Saturday 10:30 AM–7 PM
Sunday 10:30 AM–7 PM
Monday Closed
Tuesday 10:30 AM–7 PM
Wednesday 10:30 AM–7 PM

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