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Musee des Arts Decoratifs Museum in Paris

This museum is located within the Louvre Palace and offers the most comprehensive and vast panorama of decorative arts in all of France, and boasts over 150,000 different objects from the Middle Ages through to the present day.

About the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris

Les Arts Decoratifs is an organisation that runs the Musee de la Publicite, the Musee des Arts Decoratifs and the Musee de la Mode et du Textile.  Not forgetting that they are also linked with the Musee Nissim de Camondo, the restaurant in Paris located between the Rue de Rivoli museums called Le Saut du Loup and they organise the Ateliers du Carrousel artist workshops.

But getting back to the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, you will be able to discover a privileged and unique collection of decorative arts that are a testament to the art of French living, and this collection now totals over 150,000 different objects, although not all of these are on display permanently.
Incredibly, there is probably not a single technique, material or type of object you will not find at this museum, as you can discover stained glass, scenic wallpaper, enamels, and much, much more from the Middle Ages through to the present day.

There are approximately 6,000 different objects within the permanent display, and it is the only museum in France that can offer such a vast diversity of decorative arts from these periods, and a complete section has been organised chronologically with the 19th century collection space having been recently doubled in size.

The other part to the Musee des Arts Decoratifs is portrayed like a journey through time that is structured around themes such as presentations focusing on technical or style and here you can also discover authentic period rooms that were created from numerous different acquisitions, with the collaboration of Francois Joseph Graf, who is an interior designer.

Temporary exhibitions on specific themes are also held at different times throughout the year, which showcase many of the objects that are not on permanent display.  And no matter what time of year you decide to visit this museum, there is always something to fascinate everyone from clocks to vases and chairs to tableware, etc to name a few objects on display.

Visiting the Musee des Arts Decoratifs Museum

Located within The Louvre Palace with its entrance on the Rue de Rivoli, you may be pleased to know that the Decorative Arts Museum is accessible to the disabled via a lift at 105 Rue de Rivoli.

Situated in the 1st Arrondissement, you will find this museum open from 11am on a Tuesday through to a Sunday and it closes at 6pm, except for on a Thursday when there is late night opening until 9pm.  However, it is always closed on a Monday and on National French holidays such as 1st May.

And as of 2013, a combined ticket to visit the Musee de la Mode et du textile, the Musee des Arts Decoratifs and the Musee de la Publicite is a cost of €9.50.  Alternatively you can also opt for the complete ticket, which incorporates you being able to visit the Musee Nissim de Camondo in the 8th Arrondissement as well for only €12 plus the audio guides are also included in the discounted price of the complete ticket.

However, for those that are disabled with a carer, you can gain free entry upon proof, as can people under the age of 26 who are EU residents, in addition to the fact that students of the Ateliers du Carrousel and benefactors of the museum can also gain free entry.

So when it comes to getting to these Museums and the Musee du Louvre, which we are sure you will also want to visit the most famous museum in Paris, if not the world, there are numerous different forms of public transport available.

To start with, you have the Metro stations called the Palais Royal - Musee du Louvre accessed via lines 1 or 7, which is the nearest, then it is the Tuileries or the Louvre-Rivoli stops via line 1, the Pyramides stop is via lines 7 or 14 and the Concorde metro station is via lines 1 or 12.

By bus you would need one of the numbers 21, 27, 39 48, 68, 72, 81 or 95, yet there is also the Batobus water bus that travels up and down the River Seine, not forgetting the bus tours in Paris like the open topped double decker l’OpenTour buses.  Yet if you have you own transport, then there is parking at the Carrousel du Louvre on the Rue des Pyramides.

Address and Contact Details

Musee des Arts Decoratifs
107 Rue de Rivoli
Ile de France

Tel: +33 (0) 1 44 55 57 50

Related information

  -  Musee de la Mode et du Textile
  -  Musee Nissim de Camondo
  -  Musee de la Publicite
  -  Ateliers du Carrousel
  -  Le Saut du Loup Restaurant

Tourist attractions close by

  -  Musee du Louvre museum
  -  River Seine
  -  Tuileries Gardens
  -  Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel
  -  Pont des Arts Bridge of Love

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