Palais de la Porte Dorée


in short

Housed in an Art Deco building that was built for the Colonial Exhibition in 1931, this museum displays collections of art works, mainly from Africa south of the Sahara and from Oceania. It also has an aquarium.
Sculpture Iniet, Tolaï, péninsule de la Gazelle, XIXème siècle.
© Musée national des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie - RMN
Logo: Palais de la Porte Dorée

Palais de la Porte Dorée

in detail

The sumptuous Art Deco building, which now houses the museum, was built for the Colonial Exhibition in 1931. It was in this symbolic place that André Malraux officially recognised African and Oceania arts in 1960 by allocating the building to them.

Oceania: Melanesia is represented by masks, sculptures, and drums set around the reconstruction of a Vanuatuan dance ground. Polynesia is introduced by items collected by 19th-century explorers. Bark paintings and contemporary acrylic paintings attest to the vitality of Aboriginal art.

Africa: Statues, masks and other items from West and East Africa, and the Pierre Harter legacy reveals the wealth of African art south of the Sahara. Jewelry and adornments, pottery, woodwork, tapestries and fine silk embroidery illustrate the arts of the Maghreb.

The aquarium has a hundred tanks with an excellent collection of tropical fish.
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Visitor entrance

Palais de la Porte Dorée
293, avenue Daumesnil
75012 Paris
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Opening Times

10:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 17:30
10:00 - 17:30
10:00 - 17:30
10:00 - 17:30
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