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"Musee GUIMET" Musée National des Arts Asiatiques Guimet Tip by GUYON

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Initially (1889), Emile Guimet wished a museum devoted to religions. It was transformed into a permanent exibit of Asian Arts, loosing its collection of Egyptian arts for the Louvre. But the numerous statues of Buddha are there to recall the initial aim.
45.000 objects are on exibit from : India, China, Japan, Afganistan, Pakistan, South East Asia.
It is the world largest collection of Thai art works which is abroad.
There are also thematic temporary exibits and conferences in the auditorium.
The art works are awesome but need to be explained. There are free audio guides in several languages because the labels are shortly written in French.
On my opinion, this museum is made for connoisseurs and I am not sure that the Asian tourists could be interested in things which have been stolen, bought or given as gifts.
I notice the museum is well organized and the lights have been skilfully placed (It has been remodeled 2 years ago).
Schedule : 10AM - 6PM closed on Tuesday
Tariff : 5.50 euros, 4 E for students, free for children under 18.
Free 1st Sunday of the month. Other Sundays : 4 E.
The visit includes a Japanese Garden nearby open at 1PM.
There is an Asian restaurant in the basement (expensive).

Address: 6 place Iena -75116 - Paris
Directions: Metro : Iena (line 9) or Boissiere (line 6)
Buses : 22. 30. 32. 82. 63
Batobus : Tour Eiffel
RER : Pont de l'Alma
Just in front of Washington's statue

othercontact: Fax : 331.
Phone: 331.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 24, 2004
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