You will find ancient art and cultural artefacts from some of the earliest civilisations of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.
The Musée du Quai Branly is certainly easy to spot - just look for the building cloaked in plants! The earthy, natural exterior sets the tone nicely for the interior of the building where you will find ancient art and cultural artefacts from some of the earliest civilisations of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.
From the very first examples of art by primitive man to paintings and sculptures by indigenous peoples today, as well as ceremonial costumes, jewellery and musical instruments from all over the non-western world and from throughout history, this museum is a truly cultural experience.
If you don't have several hours to do the museum justice, head for the Masque de Deuilleurs and the Masques Funéraires (the Mourner's and the Funeral masks) which are magnicent, stunning and really scary. Continue on from here through the incredibly imposing masks from Mélanésie (a series of islands in the South West Pacific).
There are also some remarkable temporary exhibitions. Shows are invariably stuffed with courful, curious-looking objects which makes this a great outing for the kids.
Musée du Quai Branly
37 Quai Branly, 75007 Paris
Opening Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday 11.00 - 19.00, Thursday - Saturday 11.00 - 21.00.
Closed Mondays, 1st May & 25th December.