04 July 2020

Prancing Yet Again in Paris: Musée du quai Branly

As I left the Île aux Cygnes, it started to rain, so I needed an interior place to duck and seek shelter. I ended up visiting the Musée du quai Branly nearby. And since it was the first Sunday of the month, they weren't charging admission. I ended up having a very good time inside.

The Musée du quai Branly is a museum featuring the indigenous art and cultures of Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. It is a museum focusing on anthropology, showing numerous artefacts from cultures and societies all over the world. It felt like I was taking a world tour and visiting indigenous ethnic societies from far-flung places.

The exhibit begins with artefacts from Polynesia. France has possessions from this part of the world, and I must say, this is the part of the museum that I enjoyed the most. After all, this is a part of the world that is relatively unknown for me.

I also saw art from the aboriginal peoples of Australia, which was quite fascinating.

Next are the numerous artefacts from various parts of Asia. There were exhibits about Chinese clothing, Southeast Asian pottery, and many other eye-catching objects.

African art also takes a major section of the exhibit. Of course, this is not surprising given France's history as a colonial power in this part of the world.

Finally, there's a section of the museum devoted to the Americas. There's native American motifs coming from Canada, to costumes from Latin America. This is definitely something that I enjoyed seeing, as it was very much colourful and engaging.

Overall, this is a great museum to visit if you want to learn about the social diversity of this planet. Check it out if you can.

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