Founded in 1889 by collector and industrialist Emile Guimet, this vast collection of Asian art is one of the largest and most complete in Europe. Here you’ll find room after room of exquisite works from Afghanistan, India, Tibet, Nepal, China, Vietnam, Korea, Japan, and other Asian nations. You could spend an entire day here, or you could pick and choose regions of interest (displays are arranged geographically); the audioguide is a good bet for finding standouts and providing cultural context. Highlights include a marvelous Tibetan bronze sculpture (Hevajra and Nairâtmya) of a multiheaded god embracing a ferocious goddess with eight faces and 16 arms; a blissfully serene stone figure of a 12th-century Cambodian king (Jayavarman VII) who presided over a short-lived Khmer renaissance; and superb Chinese scroll paintings, including a magnificent 17th-century view of the Jingting mountains in autumn. Prices vary during temporary exhibitions.
Musée National des Arts Asiatiques Guimet
6 pl. d’Iéna, 16th arrond.
Our Rating Neighborhood Champs-Élysées, Trocadéro & Western Paris (8th, 16th & 17th Arrondissements) Hours Wed–Mon 10am–6pm Transportation Métro: Iéna Phone 01-56-52-53-00 Prices Admission to permanent collection 8.50€ adults, 6.50€ ages 18–25, free for children 17 and under and E.U. citizens 25 and under Web site Musée National des Arts Asiatiques Guimet
Map6 pl. d’Iéna, 16th arrond. Paris
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