Near the Pont de l’Alma, between the unofficial memorial to Princess Diana and the Eiffel Tower, lies a truly extraordinary place, le Musée du Quai Branly. This museum houses an enormous collection of art and decorative items from across the globe, tastefully curated in four main sections including the Americas, Oceania, Asia and Africa. The collection is so big that only a portion of it is viewable at any one time.
Anybody looking for things to do in Paris this summer should consider a trip to this treasure trove of of anthropology. Through mid to late July the museum has two exhibitions worth visiting: La Fabrique es Images (the Making of Images) which examines the worldview of different cultures by juxtposing art from each in four subsections including Animism, Naturalism, Analogism and Totemism. The Dogon exhibition presents 330 exemplary works from this culture, exhibited for the first time in France.
A large Mayan exhibition begins June 21 and goes through to October 2. It looks promising.
For opening hours and location information click here.