Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Gallery in Louvre & Les Halles

A trio of privately administered collections – Applied Arts & Design, Advertising & Graphic Design, and Fashion & Textiles – sit in the Rohan Wing of the vast Palais du Louvre. They are collectively known as the Musée des Arts Décoratifs; admission includes entry to all three. For an extra €2, you can scoop up a combo ticket that also includes the Musée Nissim de Camondo in the 8e.

The Applied Arts & Design collection takes up the majority of the space and displays furniture, jewellery and such objets d’art as ceramics and glassware from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance through the art nouveau and art deco periods to modern times. Its collections span from Europe to East Asia.

On the other side of the building is the smaller Advertising & Graphic Design collection, which has some 100,000 posters in its collection dating as far back as the 13th century and innumerable promotional materials. Most of the space is given over to special exhibitions.

Haute couture (high fashion) creations by the likes of Chanel and Jean-Paul Gaultier can be ogled in the Fashion & Textiles collection, home to some 16,000 costumes from the 16th century to the present day. Items are only on display during regularly scheduled themed exhibitions.

The restaurant Loulou, with its lovely summer terrace, is accessed from the main entrance hall.


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