Saturday, October 22, 2011

Musée des arts décoratifs

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is located in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, in the Marsan aisle of the Palais du Louvre.

The museum shows a nice overview of the evolution of furniture, graphic arts, jewelry, glass, ceramics, upholstery, beds, lounges, sculpture...since the Middle Ages up to the present.

It opened in May 1905, and presents 6 000 objets to the public (among 150,000 design objects), and while strolling you can see ancient and modern pieces.

Here is a highchair from the sculptor Jean Dampt (1854-1945, it was built in 1897.

Chaise art nouveau (musée des arts décoratifs)
Creative commons

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs also highlights several chairs from the past, with different designs and trends.
From the top floor, there are a wonderful view of Paris and the Jardin des Tuileries.

The museum is a national museum so the entrance is free for young under 18 years old (under 25 years old for the residents of EU) as well as free for everybody on the first Sunday of the month.
The opening hours are:
-From Tuesday to Sunday: 11am to 6pm
-On Thursday: until 9pm (only for temporary exhibitions)
-Closed on Monday

The Paris metro line 1 station Palais royal is the best way to reach the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.

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