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Musee des Arts decoratifs

107 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
0144555750
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Ranked #102 of 692 attractions in Paris
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Museums, Specialty Museums, Art Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Museum with incredible and well laid-out collection of furniture and clothing designs form the Middle Ages all the way through the 21st century. Make... more » Owner description: Museum with incredible and well laid-out collection of furniture and clothing designs form the Middle Ages all the way through the 21st century. Make sure you leave enough time to see all the floors. « less
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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

The place is a bit unequal - some parts, such as the XIX century furniture, is an absolute must for those interested in this period of French interior decorative arts. The 20th century is a bit sketchy though with some excellent pieces but also considerable holes in the collection. The space is also uneven - great up to the 4th... More

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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Pleasantly surprised what a lovely museum this is - a really great way to see France during its grandest historical periods via its objects, possessions, furnishings, furniture, clothing, etc. Some interesting contemporary exhibits etc too. Thoroughly enjoyed a couple of hours in here, and could have stayed for longer. Lovely little restaurant outside too.

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Sens, France
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27 reviews 27 reviews
23 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

I really enjoyed the old clothing and jewelry, but I didn't realize that there are some exhibits only shown at certain times. I wish that was better advertised, but I will still visit again to see the other exhibits.

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WI
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79 reviews 79 reviews
16 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is a gem of a Museum and well worth an entire day in Paris. The collections are superb, and comprehensive. I have been to Paris many times and this was the first time I happened upon this wonderful museum. I was there during the recent presentation of Dubuffet's Coucou Bazar, which was mesmerizing, and quite... More

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Huntington Beach, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

Located on a wing of the Louvre and on the Rue de Rivoli. We came to see "Behind the Seams: An Indiscreet Look At The Mechanics Of Fashion". Boy was it Wonderful!! Ranging from the 14th Century to Modern Day the Collection of actual period garments were incredible and non-flash pictures were allowed as a bonus! There was a charming... More

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

We wound up at this museum on a day when it appears every other museum (Louvre, Orsay, Orangerie, Picasso, etc) were either closed or otherwise unavailable, and what a fantastic surprise! The special exhibit Mecanique des Dessous was informative and dramatically illuminated, as well as informative and comprehensive. We spent the better part of an afternoon wandering through the many... More

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
26 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

My friend and I were looking forward to this museum for such a long time. We were hoping too se the museum of fashion and advertising museum,, But unfortunately, theye were both closed for restoration or renovation or whatnot and in the end we could only see the jewelry collection and a special, temporary exhibition about undergarments. The exhibition was... More

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Croatia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

The museum is divided into nine labyrinthine levels, not especially well marked, and houses an eclectic and definitely not comprehensive collection of decorative arts from the Middle Ages to the Noughties. Some of the objects are dazzlingly beautiful, hence probably the raving reviews, but there are huge gaps in the collection, the exhibits are poorly marked, there is no method... More

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Sydney, Australia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
21 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

This museum is part on the Louvre in the Rue de Rivoli and we were fortunate to be in Paris when their "Mecanique des Dessous " (roughly translated by me as the mechanics of underwear) exhibition was showing and were totally blown away by the size and scope of the exhibition that they had put together showing all the devices... More

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Reading, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

This special exhibit of male and female undergarments is absolutely fascinating. It is an historical compilation of devices and garments which people wore/used through history in order to shape their bodies to the ideal image of the time. Among the more bizarre items were heavy metal corsets - weighing 30 kilograms!! - and "male enhancement" undergarments. This special exhibit is... More

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