7 Avenue Velasquez

Phone: +33 1 53 96 21 50
Fax: +33 1 53 96 21 96

Musée Cernuschi

Inaugurated in 1898, the musée Cernuschi is one of Paris’ oldest museums. As the second largest Asian art museum in France and the fifth largest in Europe, the museum holds an international status that few other Parisian cultural institutes possess.

It is visited by around 100 000 visitors each year, making it the sixth most highly frequented of municipal museums. Situated in a charming building conceived by the museum’s founder Henri Cernuschi (1821 - 1896), on the edge of the Parc Monceau, the museum offers its visitors an aesthetic journey into Chinese art from its origins in the fourteenth century. The collection includes several works of international renown.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (8)

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Permanent Collection

The museum’s collection is exhibited around the Meguro Buddha, an impressive Japanese bronze dating from the end of the eighteenth century, acquired by Henry Cernuschi during his travels to the Far East. Over 900 works representing different eras and Chinese dynasties are shown, including:

- an exceptional ensemble of archaic bronze, dating from1500 BC to 300 AD
- several pieces from the Han dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD)
- funeral statuettes (mingqi) of the Northern Wei (386BC - 534AD) and Sui (821 BC - 618 AD) dynasties
- works from the Tang dynasty (618 AD - 907AD)
- ceramics from the Tang to the Song dynasties (6th century - 13th century)
- a rare ensemble of Liao jewellery (907 - 1125)
- a small print collection


“Pagodes et Dragons, Exotisme et Fantaisie dans l’Europe Rococo”
23 February - 24 June 2007

This exhibition brings together an emblematic selection of 140 works and objects inspired by China and other far eastern countries. A diverse range of techniques (tapestry, porcelain, painting, jewellery) demonstrate the beauty and fantastical aspect of the rococo period (1690 - 1770).

Europe has been fascinated by the arts of the far east since the sixteenth century, making long and perilous journeys to bring these wonders home to Italy, Germany, France and England. Throughout the seventeenth century, European craftsmen imitated these objects, for fear that they would lose trade to the east. It wasn’t until the eighteenth century that Asian art began to stimulate the imagination of European craftsmen and artists, and, rather than merely imitating the pieces, they began to create original pieces outside of the Christian frame.

Previously, artists, writers and creators of all disciplines has used classical antiquity as a reference for their work. During the rococo period, the fascination with Chinese art led to an outpour of tapestries, architecture and paintings of exotic influences. This style was considered extravagant and bizarre on the one hand, and on the other, an idyllic world , protected from the violence which were tearing through Europe. For a brief period, the wisdom and tolerance of the Chinese, in opposition to the superstitions and brutality of the West was highly regarded, but after 1770, Europe turned to antiquity for its inspiration once again.

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Free entry to permanent collection.

Opening hours

Open daily from 10am to 6pm, closed on Mondays and bank holidays

Getting there

Metro stations Monceau or Villiers line 2 & 3

Bus lines 30 or 94


The museum is completely accessible to disabled visitors.

Museum internal and external photos (6)

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News and events

Ensemble Garyan
Music from Kurdistan and Iraq
16 March 5pm

Reading Paul Claudel
18 March 4.30 p.m


One Saturday a month at 2.30pm, children and adults can take part in a demonstration of Chinese calligraphy.


Wednesday afternoon storytelling and craft sessions on a variety of themes. 2.30pm - 4pm, in two groups of 5-7 year olds and 8-10 year olds. Morning (10.30a.m) and afternoon (2.30 p.m) sessions on various themes from Tuesday to Friday during school holidays.


Thematic visits take place twice a month, on Tuesdays at 2.30pm, to discover the creation on Henri Cernuschi crunch’s collection.
Morning visits are followed by a walk to the Chinese palace in the 8th arrondissement. (on special request)
The museum holds a conference one Thursday a month at 6.30pm, around the theme of the current exhibition.
Guided visits of the current exhibition every Tuesday and Saturday at 3 p.m and on Thursday at 11 a.m

Visits in sign language available if booked in advance. 01 53 96 21 72.