In a neoclassical architectural style, the Hotel Heidelbach mansion was eventually acquired by the Minsitry of Edication in 1955 and then it was completely renovated in 1991 in order to house the Pantheon Bouddhique.
It was under the leadership and authority of the late Professor Bernard Frank, that the Galeries du Pantheon Bouddhique was inaugurated to its full potential from the original collection put together by Emile Guimet. And when you look back at the history of the Musee Guimet, Emile was its founder after he accumulated numerous works of art and artefacts from his travels in Asia.
In fact, there is a complete set of around 250 Japanese works that Emile Guimet compiled during a trip to the islands back in 1876, which represents a unique collection within Europe and this has been further enhanced over the years such as with Chinese works.
And the Buddhist Pantheon Museum in Paris provides a fascinating presentation of revered figures like the holy images of Buddhas and divine entities that are to be seen in temples all over these countries.
Yet, to make this museum in Paris even more complete, on the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Pantheon Bouddhique, a Japanese garden called the Jardin Japonais was designed and opened, along with an authentic Tea Pavilion, known as the Pavillon de Thé.
In fact, because this tea pavilion hosts a legendary Japanese tea ceremony, it has become one of the popular tourist attractions in Paris, and it is an ideal place to discover more about their culture on top of the Musee Guimet and the Buddhist Pantheon.
Access to the Galeries du Pantheon Bouddhique
The Galleries of the Buddhist Pantheon are open every day of the week except for a Tuesday and national French holidays from 10am through to 5.30pm, yet last entry is one hour before closing time.
The galleries holding the permanent exhibition along with the garden are normally free to enter, however, there is a charge during temporary exhibitions. But we would like to point out that the garden is closed during certain days or at certain times and unfortunately neither of these are accessible to the disabled at present.
The Pantheon Buddhique is located in the 16th Arrondissement of Paris just up the road from the Musee Guimet and close to numerous tourist attractions in Paris such as the Place des Etats-Unis where you can find an American style garden in Paris with a statue of Thomas Jefferson, and the famous Jardins du Trocadero gardens, which are part of the Palais de Chaillot.
Then you have the River Seine, and on the opposite bank the Musee Quai Branly, but going along a bit further and you will get to the most famous monument in Paris, which is of course the Eiffel Tower along with another garden area called the Champ de Mars.
But getting back to this museum, the nearest place for parking your own vehicle is at the Place de l’Alma, however if you are going to be arriving via the public transport in Paris, then the nearest metro stop is Lena on line 9, then the next nearest is the Boissiere stop via line 6.
The bus numbers 22, 30, 32, 63 and 82 will get you close by, although numbers 63 and 82 are the nearest, but you could also utilise the Batobus water bus service along the River Seine or the bus tours in Paris along with the Pont de l’Alma stop for the RER if you travelling on those trains.
- Japanese Garden and Tea Pavilion in Paris
Address and Contact Details
Les Galeries du Pantheon Bouddhique
19 Avenue d’Lena
Ile de France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 40 73 88 0
Tourist attractions close by
- Musee Guimet
- Musee Galliera
- Palais de Tokyo
- Place des Etats-Unis
- Cristal Room Baccarat
- Mona Bismarck American Center
- Cantine Russe
- River Seine
- Passerelle Debilly
- Palais Chaillot
- Jardins du Trocadero
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Pantheon Bouddhique Buddhist Pantheon in Paris France
The Buddhist Pantheon has a unique collection in Europe that was originally compiled by Emile Guimet who founded the Musee Guimet and dedicated to revered figures that appear in temples, it is a fascinating museum in Paris to visit.
About the Pantheon Bouddhique in Paris
The Buddhist Pantheon has a full name of Les Galeries du Pantheon Bouddhique and being an addition to the Musee Guimet, or Musee des Arts Asiatique Guimet, it is located just up the road from the latter in the Hotel Heidelbach.
The former mansion belonged to Alfred Heidelbach, who was a banker and president of the Chamber of Commerce for the United States in Paris, and he had the mansion designed and constructed by the architect Rene Sergent back in 1913.