The National Museum of Asian Arts
Free for children under 26 years old
Please note: some rooms will be closed to the public for renovation work in 2024 (see the official website for details).
Khmer courtyard © Paris photo Vincent Leroux
  • WE love discover the riches of Asia with your family
  • Or : Musée Guimet - Place Iéna, Paris 16th arrondissement
  • Age : from 5 years
  • Free of charge Under 26 and 1st Sunday of the month
  • Opening : every day (except Tuesday)
  • Closing Tuesdays, May 1, December 25 and December 1st January
  • schedule from 10am to 6pm
  • To know more Ticket includes access to permanent collections, temporary exhibitions and the Hôtel Heidelbach.

The National Museum of Asian Arts

Located on Place Iéna, the Musée Guimet is a veritable meeting place for all Asian civilizations.

From prehistory to the present day, from Afghanistan to Japan, the museum presents over 15,000 objects to the public.

It offers a wide range of activities (workshops, guided tours, readings), both free and paying, for young and old alike.

With your ticket you will also have access to theHotel Heidelbach hides a wonderful garden of 450 m2 of Japanese greenery. Little known, it is ideal for when it's hot in the heart of Paris.

The Musée Guimet, a journey to Asia

  • Between unusual and colorful encounters, thehe tour unfolds over 4 floors with some of the world's most comprehensive collections outside Asia
  • As soon as you enter the 1st rooms, huge sculptures of Buddha and Shiva and take us on a journey through the Khmer Empire in Southeast Asia.
  • From one country to another, shimmering objects and textiles takes us through Vietnam and Cambodia. Thailand, Indonesia, Laos and Burma are also part of this extraordinary journey.
  • Thanks to simple explanationsWe learn to recognize the deities and understand the messages of their postures. It's great fun!
  • On the upper floors, you enter the Chinese collections, some of which are very rare.emontent to 7000 years.
  • The tour continues in India with some very rare paintings that tell the story of the Buddha legend
  • Then we discover the art of Korea, where around a thousand objects are on display: masks, screens or statues...
  • The journey ends in the Land of the Rising Sun, with Japanese art
  • To continue this journey to China and Japan, visit number 19 avenue d'Iéna, your ticket gives you access to the Hotel Heidelbach dedicated to Chinese and Japanese imperial furniture
  • Simply cross the wonderful garden of this hotel built in 1903 to enter an authentic Tea House and follow the tea ceremony. An amazing experience!

Family activities (children and teens)
Season 2023-2024

Visits for young visitors

Family workshops

  • Workshops :
    • Ages 4 and up: "Workshop: from art to yoga - Explore the museum's collections and become more aware of your body, by combining the works of art with fun, relaxing yoga postures! Saturday, January 27 at 2 p.m.
    • For toddlers - under 6 – “Éveil musical Chong Chong Fei" - in front of the museum's works to listen to the sounds of Asia and, from surprise to surprise, discover nursery rhymes from China, India and Vietnam. Duration: 1h - Sundays, December 17 and 21 at 11 a.m. -
    • Ages 7 and up - Open books, three fireflies between the pages!"Children's books to read and discover with a mischievous reader to travel to Asia between pictures and words. Sundays, December 17 and 21 at 3pm and 4pm - duration 1h
    • For children aged 6 to 12: "Family storytelling tour: Scented sleeves and other woven stories from Japan" - Saturday, February 3 at 3pm - Duration 1h
    • Ages 7 to 12 - "Atelier : Expression manga - A vos crayons !"This workshop weaves together traditional and popular Japanese art. Parents are not permitted to accompany their children on this workshop. Wednesday, January 31 at 2:30 p.m.

Stay tuned! There's plenty more to discover, depending on what's going on at the museum, so be sure to check the program regularly.

The history of the Musée Guimet...

  • The history of the Musée Guimet dates back to the end of the 19th century.e century. In 1879, Émile Guimet (1836-1918) industrialist and world traveler founded in Lyon, a museum where he presents pieces he has collected in Greece, Egypt, India, China and Japan.
  • Almost 10 years later, he decided to place his collection in the 16e district of Paris in a building he had built.
  • In 1927, the State took over management of the museum, deciding to make it an establishment exclusively focused on Asian arts 
  • In 1996, major renovation work was undertaken, giving priority to natural light. In 2001, the museum was able to welcome visitors once again, and expand its program to include contemporary Asian artists.
  • Visiting the museum in summer is also an opportunity to discover a breathtaking view of Paris and the Eiffel Tower by taking a tour of the panoramic green terrace on the 4th floor.
  • With theHotel Heidelbach, home to the Buddhist Pantheon, the Ennery museum is the third site linked to the Musée Guimet. It also houses a collection of Chinese and Japanese art objects assembled by the d'Ennery couple in the late 19th century.e century.
  • Not far from Place Iena, the Palais de Chaillot, place du Trocaderois part ofhe must-see places in Paris where the Museum of Man and the Musée national de La Marine

Exhibitions ...

  • At the court of Prince Genji, 1000 years of Japanese imagination"until March 25, 2024
  • "Asian medicine, the art of balance - May 18 - September 18, 2023
  • "Afghanistan, Shadows and Legends October 26, 2022 to February 6, 2023.
  • "Des Images et des hommes, Bamiyan 20 ans après" (Pictures and men, Bamiyan 20 years later) - February 21 - June 21, 2021
The Musée national des arts asiatiques - Guimet is waiting for you!


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