Exterior View, Musée Guimet

Musée Guimet

  • Paris
  • FRA

About the Museum


Bamboo Space

The Musée Guimet is located in Paris and houses one of the most extensive collections of Asian art in the Western world. The museum was originally founded to display the vast collection of art acquired by the industrialist Émile Guimet on his travels throughout Asia. It opened in 1889 following Guimet’s decision to bequeath the collection to the French state. The Musée Guimet contains notable examples of Chinese and Japanese porcelain and Buddhist artwork found during Guimet's Asia expedition, in addition to Greek, Egyptian and Roman works and Southeast Asian artworks collected by French authorities during the colonial period.

Collection Highlights


Le dieu Visnu au Vaikuntha avec les sept Kumaras

Ranjiha

The God Vishnu at Vaikuntha with the seven Kumaras
Armoire ‡ dÈcor de dragon
Chinese wardrobe with dragons, probably from the imperial manufacture of the Ming
Visnu (?) assis
Vishnu, Nepal
Samurai_armour.jpg
Edo Period Suit of Sumurai Armour
Giants_causeway.jpg
Giants’ causeway, Cambodia, Preah Khan (Angkor, Siemreap), Bayon style
Musée Guimet: Collection Highlights
Le dieu Visnu au Vaikuntha avec les sept Kumaras

Mathieu Rabeau, Mathieu Rabeau / RMN-GP

Ranjiha

The God Vishnu at Vaikuntha with the seven Kumaras, c. 1790-1800
gouache and gold on paper, 24.7 cm x 32.6 cm
ACquired in 2017. © RMN-Grand Palais (musée Guimet, Paris) / Mathieu Rabeau
Armoire ‡ dÈcor de dragon

Thierry Ollivier, Thierry Ollivier / RMN-GP

Chinese wardrobe with dragons, probably from the imperial manufacture of the Ming, 17th century
lacquered, golden and painted wood
Acquired in 1969. Photo: © RMN-Grand Palais (musée Guimet, Paris) / Thierry Ollivier
Visnu (?) assis

Thierry Ollivier, Thierry Ollivier / RMN-GP

Vishnu, Nepal, 16th century
gilded copper, 79 cm x 63 cm
Donation 2012. Photo: © RMN-Grand Palais (musée Guimet, Paris) / Thierry Ollivier
Samurai_armour.jpg
Edo Period Suit of Sumurai Armour, 16th century-early 17th century
Acquired in 2015. Photo: © MNAGG/ dr
Giants_causeway.jpg
Giants’ causeway, Cambodia, Preah Khan (Angkor, Siemreap), Bayon style, late 12th century-early 13th century
sandstone
Mission Louis Delaporte, 1873-1874, Musée Guimet, after 1927. Photo: © RMN-Grand Palais (musée Guimet, Paris) / Thierry Ollivier

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Sous la vague au large de Kanagawa

Japanese landscapes, from Hokusai to Hasu

21 Jun - 2 Oct 2017
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Enquêtes vagabondes, le voyage illustré d’Émile Guimet en Asie

18 Oct - 26 Feb 2018
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Images birmanes, trésors photographiques du MNAAG

18 Oct - 22 Jan 2018
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Carte blanche à Jayashree Chakravarty

18 Oct - 15 Jan 2018
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