Musée Guimet: Asian Art

Guimet Asian Art Museum

Unusual Paris Museums and Galleries – Musée Guimet: Located at 6, place d’Iéna, facing the equestrian statue of George Washington is the Musée Guimet, one of the largest collections of Asian Art, outside of Asia.   The Musée National Guimet has the most important panoramic collection of Indian, Chinese, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Japanese, Nepalese and Tibetan art […]

Musée Fragonard

Courtyard of the Musee Fragonard

Unusual Paris Museums and Galleries The Musée Fragonard shows visitors major collections of anatomical "pieces" portraying all systems making up the living body. It contains Honoré Fragonard’s famous "Ecorchés" (he was the cousin of the painter and the first professor of anatomy at the Ecole nationale vétérinaire d’Alfort in 1766). These anatomical figures represent a […]

Musée Edith Piaf

Edith Piaf record

Unusual Paris Museums and Galleries Everyone has heard Edith Piaf’s songs like "La Vie en Rose" and "Non, je ne regrette rien," and many know something of her chequered career. Well, Belleville is the neighbourhood where she grew up. The daughter of an acrobat, her real name was Edith Giovanna Gassion, and she only acquired […]

Musée Carnavalet

Musee Carnavalet

Unusual Paris Museums and Galleries Located (where else?) but in the Marais, the Musée Carnavalet is where you’ll find the history of Paris literally laid out before you. If you want a close look at the French Revolution and the history of Paris through the centuries (really up to 1800), this is the place to […]

Musée Baccarat

Baccarat logo

Unusual Paris Museums and Galleries The Baccarat Museum is housed in a prestigious mansion on Place des Etats-Unis – once the home of art patron Marie-Laure, Viscountess de Noailles (1920-1970) who held fabulous parties there attended by artists like Man Ray, Cocteau and Dali. The decor is something else; created by trend-setting designer Philippe Starck […]

Musée de la Publicité (Museum of Advertising)

Aristide Bruant poster

Unusual Paris Museums and Galleries If you’re into old advertising posters, this place has them in spades! Those of us of a certain age remember that "Aristide Bruant dans son cabaret " poster and others by Toulouse-Lautrec well, having seen them gracing many a student flat wall… But of course, there’s a lot more than […]