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Musée des arts Décoratifs Museum In Paris France

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is a museum that was established back in 1905 and is all about interior design with displays and exhibits of furniture, objets d'art, wallpaper, tapestries, ceramics, glassware, and toys which range from the Middle Ages to virtually the present day, although a large emphasis is put on exhibits from the 19th and 20th centuries.

It was The Union des Arts Decoratifs who first established this museum and at one point it was owned by the French State although it is now privately owned, yet is still open to the public with a very impressive and comprehensive collection of objects exhibited.

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Musée des arts Décoratifs Museum In Paris France

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 organised chronologically. 

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

Musée des arts Décoratifs Museum

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