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  • 107 rue de Rivoli
    75001 Paris
    France
    Palais Royal/Musée du Louvre, 1er
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  • Phone number +33 1 44 55 57 50
  • “Ranges from fashion to furniture, and even includes a toy gallery for the kids (or you!).” in 6 reviews

  • “Pioneers (modernists perhaps?) have so much vision and influence over the aesthetic of the future.” in 3 reviews

  • “Definitely less crowded than the Louvre next door and appeals to the designer in me much more.” in 3 reviews

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  • 5.0 star rating
    15/10/2013
    1 check-in here

    Wow!  This museum is my new favorite!  You will miss it if you are a Rick Steves person.  Just alongside the Louvre on Rue Rivoli, you will find this gem.
    Not knowing what to expect, i literally gasped for glee when I entered the jewelry exhibits!

    Cartier dripping with diamonds and van clefs and arpels,,, a collection spanning centuries.  And that is one tiny piece. Of this musee.

    Wander and you will find last seasons Chanels, and recreations of Lanvin's apartment.   You will find clothing and decor through the ages, and there were at least four temporary exhibits. I will be back!!!

    The restaurant was quite good too, but have patience.

  • 4.0 star rating
    23/10/2012

    I went in with zero expectations, but this museum was convenient (next to the Louvre) and free with the Museum Pass.

    Hm. Actually a pretty cool place. I'm a fan of Art Nouveau and there were some amazing period rooms from that time period.

    And unlike the Louvre, you won't be caught up in a human tide surging from room to room. Paris can be so packed with tourists that it's refreshing to visit a less-crowded museum. I'm sure that contributed to my enjoyment of the Musee Des Arts Decoratifs.

    Regardless, I can see this as one museum that I'd definitely like to revisit and explore more fully next time I'm in Paris.

    (Museum Pass holders take note -- Access to the permanent collection is free with the Pass, but you may need to pay if you want to see any special temporary exhibits.)

  • 5.0 star rating
    15/9/2010
    Listed in Paris Favorites

    This is one of three locations for the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Decorative Arts Museum). The location for this review is in the Northwest Wing of the Louvré.

    I think this is a less visited museum and that is unfortunate because it is fantastic. The art is so "relatable". It's incredible to see things that are part of my past here. Fantastic art is created each and every day, but often not recognized until much later. Pioneers (modernists perhaps?) have so much vision and influence over the aesthetic of the future.

    I spent most of my time in the contemporary collections including fashion, furniture and toys. In the fashion exhibit they ran clips of runway shows from the 1970s and avant-garde video's of Grace Jones and others. In the toys exhibit there were things that are still in production today. The furniture designs from the 1920s-80s are still ahead of their time even now.

    The views from the top floor looking out over Tuileries and across the city to La Défense' were striking. You can even see the La Grande Arche de la Défense which looms large even from this distance.

    Decorative arts - a wonderful part of all-too-uncommon everyday life. This museum is worth your time.

  • 5.0 star rating
    1/3/2012

    Chances are, if you are in Paris, you'll absolutely check out the Musee d'Orsay and the Louvre, both phenomenal.  However, if you are a designer, in advertising, or fashion, a parent, or if you simply appreciate visual art as a medium, you will make it a point to visit Musee Des Arts Decoratifs.

    This location of Musee des Arts Decoratifs is alongside Le Louvre, on the Northwest side and is a fantastic museum, well curated and typically with a handful knock out exhibitions in a beautiful, classic setting.

    When we attended, the two exhibits of designer/artists were the highlights of our visit.  They included a innovative tribute to French graphic designer, photographer, illustrator, advertising director and Grace Jones paramour Jean-Paul Gouge and a tribute to Laurent de Brunhoff, whose father (and mother) created childhood icon Barbar, which he continued for the next 40 years to breathe new life into, creating new and original Barbar adventures.  Both exhibitions were fantastic.

    This venue is highly recommended for anyone from a visual designer to those who simply appreciate and celebrate popular culture.  It turned out to be great for kids too, with our 6 year old enjoying the Barbar exhibit in particular with it's beautiful story boards, and which surprisingly included kid-friendly interactive games set up on kid-sized Macs.

    The museum is more compact than the Louvre, not frequently visited, the exhibitions were fantastically well thought out, and the place is well worth a visit.

  • 1.0 star rating
    25/6/2013

    Correct hours not posted on the Internet. The employees told me they open at 1:00 that was Wednesday.they insisted that it was written on the Internet that way. That is incorrect. I think that needs to be fixed.

  • 4.0 star rating
    25/5/2012

    Visit here if you want a quirky, fun experience.  The temporary displays are by people who definitely take a different point of view especially the fashion and style ones. Right now they have a Louis Vitton display (amazing history of upscale luggage) and Mark Jacobs who now designs for LV-the wall of his purses was overwhelming and made you wonder how much work it would be to carry a different purse each day of your life.  Huge so pick a time or area of interest and explore.  It was so much more relaxing than the Louvre with more places to rest and observe.

    Metro Lourve.

  • 4.0 star rating
    21/6/2012

    The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is a great place to go if you love design on all fronts. I decided to visit when I learned about the Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs fashion exhibit and I was not disappointed.

    The first level was full of history and you can really see the progression of the designer and how the brand grew to international fame, including the first pieces of luggage with the LV monogram, an idea from the designers' son. The second level displayed works of Marc Jacobs while working at LV.

    I really enjoyed the space and the layout of the exhibit. No photographs were allowed but this is the type of exhibit that leaves a lasting impression on you.

    • Qype User erzibe…
    • Bristol
    • 12 friends
    • 162 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    18/1/2009 Updated review

    I had wanted to come here for a long time but was really disappointed when I finally made it as it really wasn't as good as I had expected. I thought it would cover historical costume and have a display like the one in the V&A in London or the Bath Fashion Museum, however when I went there was a Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition on and it seems to be used as a temporary exhibition space. It was my own fault though for not researching properly.

    It is housed in an elegant building with the amazing Musée des Arts Décoratifs, which is fantastic. They share a great bookshop with many titles about the decorative arts.

    Moral of this story: Always check in advance!

    5.0 star rating
    16/1/2009 Previous review
    My favourite museum in Paris. A real treasure house of the most glorious examples of decorative… Read more
  • 3.0 star rating
    29/1/2011

    Certainly interesting and good variety collections they have.
    Not MUST visit on my list------I feel...

  • 3.0 star rating
    17/3/2011
    1 check-in here

    It is really small and not what I was expecting. The graphic art and the fashion is more of an exhibit than a museum. They did have the best museum store because they had an extensive amount of design books.

  • 4.0 star rating
    13/4/2012

    A huge museum focusing on decorative art almost hidden away in a wing of the Louvre. Ranges from fashion to furniture,  and even includes a toy gallery for the kids (or you!).  Obviously not as remarkable as the Louvre itself,  but there are no lines and it is interesting enough to lose an afternoon.

  • 5.0 star rating
    11/11/2012

    We visited several museums in Paris, the D'Orsay, Pompidou, Louvre, Romantique, and Jacques-Mart Andre, and this was one of my favorites, with the Pompidou and the D'Orsay tied for second.  It is a lovely, spacious, and uncrowded - the displays are on multiple floors surrounding the multi-story atrium - with exquisite pieces of French decorative arts.

  • 5.0 star rating
    14/4/2011
    Listed in Paris

    Utterly superb. This museum sums up all the things I love about the modern curating of museums. The interior of this modernised classic building lifted my heart as I entered it. The curating places objects in the context of not just chronology but also influence and in addition develops ideas around a theme. Such as the animal theme in the temporary gallery at the moment. The museum layout is set along a route around the entire collection and delivers some interesting architectural surprises as all of the building is used. Definitely a new favourite.

  • 4.0 star rating
    14/7/2010

    One of my favorite museums.  Definitely less crowded than the Louvre next door and appeals to the designer in me much more.  I loved how the exhibits are curated.  When I was there, it took the subject of animals as inspiration and showed their influence on everything from hats, fashion to furniture or art.  It broke it down to birds, stuffed animals, beasts and imaginary creatures.

    • Qype User Baggio…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 123 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    22/1/2009

    The decorative arts museum is one of its kind in Paris - the focus on a different form of art provides something different for Paris. The museum itself is fairly interesting, with all sorts of decorative arts pieces and exhibits, from photos of how some things came into existence (with good captions too) to jewellery design and clothing designs (and how these designs changed and adapted over time).
    Although I was initially reluctant to visit this museum, it proved to be more interesting than the name suggests. The museum, although not the most spacious, was easily to freely walk in.

    Not a bad place for those who like art, and especially those who like clothing.

    • Qype User innasm…
    • Paris, France
    • 0 friends
    • 5 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    7/6/2012

    a very beautiful place in the city center  very convenient.)))

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