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Guimet Museum

Coordinates: 48°51′55″N 2°17′38″E / 48.86528°N 2.29389°E / 48.86528; 2.29389
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Guimet Museum
The museum in December 2013
Guimet Museum is located in Paris
Guimet Museum
Location within Paris
Coordinates48°51′55″N 2°17′38″E / 48.86528°N 2.29389°E / 48.86528; 2.29389
TypeAsian art
Websitewww.guimet.fr (in French)

The Guimet Museum (full name in French: Musée national des arts asiatiques-Guimet; MNAAG; abbr. Musée Guimet) is an art museum located at 6, place d'Iéna in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, France. Literally translated into English, its full name is the National Museum of Asian Arts-Guimet, or Guimet National Museum of Asian Arts.

The museum has one of the largest collections of Asian art outside of Asia.


Panoramic view of the library in the Guimet Museum
Ground floor of the museum.

Founded by Émile Étienne Guimet, an industrialist, the museum first opened at Lyon in 1879[1] but was later transferred to Paris, opening in the place d'Iéna in 1889.[2] Devoted to travel, Guimet was in 1876 commissioned by the minister of public instruction to study the religions of the Far East, and the museum contains many of the fruits of this expedition, including a fine collection of Chinese and Japanese porcelain and objects relating not merely to the religions of the East, but also to those of ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. One of its wings, the Panthéon Bouddhique, displays Buddhist artworks.

Some of the museum's artifacts, originating from Cambodia, are connected with the studies conducted by the first scholars to be interested in Khmer culture, Louis Delaporte and Etienne Aymonier. They sent examples of Khmer art to France at a time when museums were not existing in Southeast Asia, with the agreement of the King of Cambodia, to show to Europe the high level of the ancient Khmer culture.

From December 2006 to April 2007, the museum harboured collections of the Kabul Museum, with archaeological pieces from the Greco-Bactrian city of Ai-Khanoum, and the Indo-Scythian treasure of Tillia Tepe.

Works of art of the museum[edit]

Greco-Buddhist art[edit]

Serindian art[edit]

Chinese art[edit]

Indian art[edit]

Southeast Asian art[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ History of the Museum (in French).
  2. ^ National museum Arts asiatiques – Guimet, Marie-Catherine Rey et al. Paris: Éditions de la Réunion des Musées nationaux, 2001, translation by John Adamson, ISBN 2711838978, Chronology, p. 6.

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