The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is situated in the 1st
Arrondissement of Paris, France and is located
within The Louvre Museum's 19th-century wing
known as the Pavillon de Marsan Wing, and after both the building and many of the exhibits
having been extensively restored and renovated, this great place was re-opened again in
1997, and it was the French interior designer François Joseph Graf who made a major
contribution to the unique presentation of the museum's vast collections, which are
The vast size of the collection is totally mind-boggling as it has over 150,000 objects of
French craftsmanship and decorative art, which have been specifically chosen through a
strict set of criteria that ensures a true representation of the French Art of Living and
includes other objects not already mentioned, such as dolls houses, stained glass, wooden
pieces, utensils, etc that are there to portray every possible method and medium of
craftsmanship used in France.
You will also find that The Musée des Arts Décoratifs has been very cleverly laid out so
that you can visit a specific period room that you are interested in, or alternatively,
you can explore the entire collection chronologically going from the Middle Ages to the
present day, which also lets you get a feeling of how techniques have developed over the
years and gain an understanding of how ideas have changed over time, in what was thought
of as beautiful.
And even though the museum has such a fantastic collection and ten great period rooms, it
is small enough that it doesn't take you all day to go around and being that it is close
to other museums and monuments, means that you can do more than one of the tourist attractions in Paris within a day.
The museum is open on a Tuesday to Friday from 11am until 6pm and has a late night opening
on a Thursday when it does not close until 9pm. On a Saturday and Sunday the Musée
des Arts Décoratifs is open from 10am until 6pm, but is closed on a Monday.
You will find the wheelchair and disabled access via the lift, which is situated at 105
Rue de Rivoli rather than at 107 Rue de Rivoli.
Address & Contact Details:
Musée des Arts Décoratifs
107 Rue de Rivoli
Telephone: 1 44 55 57 50