Musée Guimet des Arts Asiatiques

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Connoisseurs of Japanese ink paintings and Tibetan thangkas won't want to miss the Musée Guimet, the largest Asian art museum in France. Observe the gradual transmission of both Buddhism and artistic styles along the Silk Road in pieces ranging from 1st-century Gandhara Buddhas from Afghanistan and Pakistan to later Central Asian, Chinese and Japanese Buddhist sculptures and art. Audioguides are free.

Part of the collection is housed in the nearby Hôtel d'Heidelbach with a Japanese garden.

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