In 1896, the financier Henri Cernushi bequeathed his mansion overlooking Parc Monceau to the city of Paris, and with it his collection of art from the Far East aquired during his world travels. Completely renovated in 2005, it contains a remarkable collection of ancient Chineses art including neolithic earthenware, archaic bronzes, funeral statues and 20th century Chinese classical and modern paintings.
The Musée du Louvre is perhaps the most famous museum in the world. In fact, many visit Paris just to see it and the Eiffel Tower, the two not-to-be missed sites on every tourists' radar. This reputation is not without merit; the Musée du Louvre is so huge that it can take you several days to see all the displays. The most popular attraction is of course Mona Lisa, but there’s plenty more you could see such as the Egyptian antiquities; near eastern antiquities; displays from the Etruscan, Greek and Roman periods; decorative arts; and paintings among others.
Originally founded in 1986 by the Olfert Dapper Foundation – named in honor of a Dutch humanist who wrote an encyclopaedic description of Africa in 1668 – the Musée Dapper has an eye on raising the profile of art from the continent by staging exhibitions and sponsoring events such as choreographed dance, concerts, plays, children's shows, workshops and seminars.
The Musée d’Ennery was originally the private collection of Clémence d'Ennery and his wife. However it has grown since then and the mansion today houses more than 7000 objects. The items on display show the daily lives of people in Japan and China from the 12th to the 19th centuries. On display: porcelain, figurines and dolls, semi-precious stones, bronzes, furniture, ivories, and many great carvings of human and animal forms.
Musée national des Arts asiatiques - Guimet
The Musée national des Arts asiatiques – Guimet showcases the rich diversity of Asian art. This is the biggest Buddhist art museum in all of Europe, and ranks among the 12 most important museums in France. It features archeology and art from 17 Asian countries. You will find rare porcelain items from China, and rare displays from Cambodia, Tibet and even Afghanistan. The Buddhist Pantheon galleries on China and Japan are a must see.