The Musée National des Arts Asiatiques is an unrivalled collection and major centre for the appreciation and knowledge of Asian civilizations.

The Asian Arts Museum began from the merging of a number of other collections. The first contribution arrived from the personal collection of the great industrialist Emile Guimet. Guimet was a wealthy man and in 1876 he set off to travel the world.

On the course of his travels he acquired a large collection of objects, which he displayed in a museum in Lyon. This museum was transferred to Paris where it was united with the fruit of explorer Louis Delaporte’s journeys in Siam and Cambodia. Together the collections amassed to form the fabulous collection of Khmer art now known as Musée National des Arts Asiatiques.

The Musée National des Arts Asiatiques later underwent major refurbishment and during the 1920s and 1930s the collection steadily grew. By 1938 the Musée Guimet had acquired a worldwide reputation for its collections of art from the Indianized civilizations of Asia.

In 1945 the Musée National des Arts Asiatiques started transferring its Egyptian pieces to the Louvre and, in return, received the entire collection of objects from their Department of Asian Arts.

Departments at the Musée National des Arts Asiatiques include: Afghanistan-Pakistan, Arts of Himalaya, The Himalayan collection, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, China, Korea, India, and Japan.

This list does not give any idea of the scale of these collections however; for instance the Chinese Department includes some 20,000 objects covering seven millennia of art, from earliest times to the 18th century. The Japanese department includes 11,000 works of art from the 2nd and 3rd centuries BC up to the beginning of the Meiji era (1868).

The Musée National des Arts Asiatiques is without a doubt now a major centre for the appreciation of Asian art. Almost as fascinating as the remnants of these ancient and distant cultures are the stories of how they were obtained. Days or weeks even could contentedly be spent examining these objects and their provenance.

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Monday 10.00 - 18.00
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 10.00 - 18.00
Thursday 10.00 - 18.00
Friday 10.00 - 18.00
Saturday 10.00 - 18.00
Sunday 10.00 - 18.00
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