A visit to Paris will usually culminate in a different perspective of the city. It gives a chance to know more especially about a subject such as art through its various museums located around. Visitors interested in décor will find the Musée des Arts Decoratifs or Museum of Decorative Arts a worthwhile place to check out during their Paris tour.
Housed in the north wing of the Louvre, the Musée des Arts Decoratifs is solely focused on exhibiting decorative arts right from the middle ages to the present day. In fact, the Musée des Arts Decoratifs is one of the prominent museums located in the Marsan wing of the Louvre besides the Musée de la Mode et du Textile and the Musée de la Publicite.
Les Arts Decoratifs, a private organization responsible for promoting applied and decorative arts, manages the Musée des Arts Decoratifs and the other two museums. Known as one of the largest collections of decorative arts, the Musée des Arts Decoratifs is certainly an important place to visit to know about décor and its evolution over time.
Housed inside the Musée des Arts Decoratifs is an incredible collection of about 150,000 objects. Out of this, about 6000 of the objects are put on permanent display, which are accessible to the visitors. The collections include not only furniture, but also ceramics, jewelry, glassware, and toys. The collections are arranged chronologically starting from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance period. Located on the third floor these collections include tapestry, wooden painted panels, stained glass windows, gothic furniture, and various objects of Renaissance art.
The third and fourth floor has numerous objects from the seventeen and eighteenth centuries. It has an excellent collection of French design including commodes, tables, gilded chairs, and clocks along with a recreation of a room of the Hotel de Serres. The exhibit continues with further collections that display the prevalence of French design in the nineteenth century. Besides, numerous period rooms actually recreate a bedroom from the fifteenth century to the twentieth century.
Art Deco and Themed Galleries
Art Nouveau and Art Deco design are the most popular areas of the Musée des Arts Decoratifs. This section displays some prominent works from the Art Deco movement that was highly influential in the early twentieth century. A recreated bedroom of the Hotel Nozal is one major attraction along with a 1930 office featuring art deco style. Located on the ninth floor are a collection of the twentieth century and contemporary designs.
The themed galleries are other major attractions inside the Musée des Arts Decoratifs. It has numerous interesting galleries such as the toy gallery with a collection of 12,000 toys, the Jean Dubuffet gallery and the Jewelry Gallery has an excellent collection of jewelry from the Middle Ages to the present.