Guimet Museum

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Musée Guimet in Paris

The Museum Guimet (French Musée national des Arts asiatiques - Guimet , Musée Guimet for short ) is a state museum of Asian arts built in 1889 in the 16th arrondissement of Paris on the initiative of the industrialist Émile Guimet . Jeannine Auboyer redesigned it in 1960 and expanded it in 1991 to include the "Panthéon bouddhique" dépendance. A small Japanese garden belongs to the museum .

The aim of the museum located on the Place d'Iéna is to bring the nuances between the different Far Eastern civilizations closer to the European public in a didactic way.


The museum has the largest collection of Asian sacred and art objects outside of Asia . The museum founder himself brought some of the original stock from his numerous trips to Paris. Between 1927 and 1938, the collection was initially expanded through expeditions to Central Asia and China . It also benefited from the construction of the Palais de Chaillot - on the occasion of the 1937 World's Fair - insofar as it had to give way to the Musée du Trocadéro , whose department of the arts of Indochina was transferred to the Musée Guimet.

Gallery (selection of works)

See also


  • Emile Guimet: Huit jours aux Indes in: Le Tour du Monde , new edition, Paris, 2007, Phébus, ISBN 978-2-7529-0251-1

Web links

Commons : Musée Guimet  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Coordinates: 48 ° 51 ′ 54.7 "  N , 2 ° 17 ′ 37.6"  E