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A museum of the decorative arts and design
Taken as a whole along with the Musée de la Mode et du Textile and Musée de la Publicité, Musee des Arts Decoratifs is one of the world’s major collections of design and the decorative arts.
Located in the west wing of the Louvre since its opening a century ago, the venue reopened in 2006 after a decade-long, €35-million restoration of the building and of 6,000 of the 150,000 items donated mainly by private collectors.
The major focus here is French furniture and tableware. From extravagant carpets to delicate crystal and porcelain, there is much to admire. Clever spotlighting and black settings show the exquisite treasures - including châtelaines made for medieval royalty and Maison Falize enamel work - to their best advantage. Other galleries are categorised by theme: glass, wallpaper, drawings and toys.
There are cases devoted to Chinese head jewellery and the Japanese art of seduction with combs. Of most immediate attraction to the layman are the reconstructed period rooms, ten in all, showing how the other (French) half lived from the late 1400s to the early 20th century.
Musee des Arts Decoratifs
107 rue de Rivoli 1st, Paris
Open Hours: Open 11am-6pm Tue, Wed, Fri; 10am-6pm Sat, Sun. Closed some hols.
Price: Cost money