This museum was founded from the private collection of an industrialist from Lyons, Emile Guimet, who left it to the State in... More
This museum was founded from the private collection of an industrialist from Lyons, Emile Guimet, who left it to the State in 1885. He had gathered many art treasures during a scientific mission to the Far East studying world religions. Over a period of years, other bequests and archaeological acquisitions were added. The works exhibited illustrate the art and spiritual history from South East Asia, India, Afghanistan, Central Asia, Japan, and Korea. Free audio guides are available in eight different languages.
This is an exceptional museum, beautiful building, well-organized. But, it is not for the tourist who has a few short days to spend in Paris. There are no audio guides, and the information about the exhibits is written in French only. I recommend for anyone who has time to visit this museum. It is wonderful.