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Cernuschi Museum

Cernuschi Museum
The Cernuschi Museum is the second museum of asian arts in France, after the Guimet Museum. This museum is the former house of Henri Cernuschi, banker, traveler and collector of art works.

The collections of the Cernuschi Museum are full of works coming from China, Japan and Korea. Many periods of China are presented: Antique China, Classical China and Imperial China. The Japanese collection represents one third of all the works of the museum, with 1500 bronzes and 1600 ceramics from the Edo period. Works from Korea are few and one of the most interesting is a Buddha bell of the 14th century.


Henri Cernuschi and the art critic Theodore Duret accumulated artworks from Asia during several travels: to Japan and China, to Ceylon and India while going around the world between 1871 and 1873. Cernuschi lends the objects acquired during his travel, to the exhibition of the Palace of Industry (August 1873 – January 1874).

In 1873, Cernuschi decides the edification of a “hotel particulier” on avenue Vélasquez, his appartment being to small to store his collections.

For its construction, he hired the architect William Bouwens van der Boijen, student at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts (Fine Arts School). A plan is already sketched in 1873 and works started one year later. The building was finished in October 1876. Henri Cernuschi had an appartment inside the building, a room to welcome friends (now used as a library). There were also rooms for domestics, and also a stable that is used now as a storage room. The central room, a huge room, houses a great Buddha made of bronze from Meguro in Japan.

Temporary Exhibitions


Splendors of the Courtesans, Japan, Ukiyo-e paintings from the Idemitsu Museum
An exhibition dedicated to the Ukiyo-e painting of the Edo period, from the Idemitsu Museum of Tokyo. November 18, 2008 to January 4, 2009

The Sassanid Persians, splendors of a forgotten empire 224-642 CE.
September 15 – December 30, 2006

Cernuschi sort de ses réserves – The Vietnamese collection
May 23 – July 9, 2006

Erotic paintings of China
February 3 – May 7, 2006

Ceramic treasures of China (11st century BC – 14th century CE)
September 9 to December 30, 2005

You can see the complete list in French by clicking here.


Six centuries of Chinese paintings, artworks restored by the Cernuschi Museum, until the 28th of June 2009

The exhibition « Six centuries of Chinese paintings, artworks restored by the Cernuschi Museum » presents until the 28th of June, the greatest painters of Imperial China, active in the intellectual society of Ming (1368-1644) or at the court of Qing (1644-1911). It reflects also the destiny of artists at the beginning of the 20th century in a remodeling China, influenced by modernity and shaken by historical mutations.

Full fare: 7€
Reduced fare: 5€
Young fare: 3,50€
Free for children under 14

More information about this exhibition in French by clicking here.


At this moment, no exhibition is programmed. Come to visit this page in order to know about the future exhibitions.


Metro: Villiers (lines 2, 3) Monceau (line 2)

7, avenue Vélasquez
75008 Paris

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Opening hours & Fares

Opening hours
Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm
Possible to buy tickets until 5.30 pm
The museum is closed every Monday and on holidays : January 1st, Easter Sunday, May 1st, May 8, the Ascension, Pentecost Sunday, July 14, August 15, November 1st, November 11th, December 25.

Entrance for permanent collections is free for all.
For temporary exhibitions, the price is between 3.30€ and 9€.


Telephone: 01 53 96 21 50 (in French)