The Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac

A unique museum that takes you on a journey through non-Western civilizations.

Mexica. Offerings and gods at the Templo Mayor

From 3 April to 8 September 2024

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The exhibitions ‘Mexica. Offerings and gods at the Templo Mayor’ which runs until 8 September 2024 at the Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac invites the public to journey through Central America and explore the secrets of the Mexica Empire, better known by the name Aztec.

Visitors are plunged into the heart of the remains of the ancient city of Tenochtitlan, the capital of Mexica civilization, discovered in 1978 in the subsoils of Mexico City which led to half a century of archaeological excavations. This exhibition reveals for the first time in Europe the discoveries of these excavations.

More than 150 works, including paintings, drawings, notebooks, and extensive documentation, offer a unique perspective on this Mesoamerican civilization. Organized in collaboration with Mexico City's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), the exhibition reveals the culture of this mythical people, their art, beliefs, rituals, architecture, and relationship with nature and their movements.

Opening times: from 10:30am to 7pm. From 10:30am to 10pm Thursday. Closed on Monday.


The Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac

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The Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac in the vicinity of the Eiffel Tower is undoubtedly one of the premier cultural institutions of Paris. Instantly recognizable because of its lush plant wall designed by the botanist Patrick Blanc, it opened in 2006, and focuses on non-European cultures. Boasting a theatre, a reading room, a cinema, 2 restaurants and a bookshop, the building designed by the famed architect Jean Nouvel is situated in grounds resembling a cultivated wilderness, and its 2-hectare garden is a pleasant spot in which to relax after the visit.

The permanent collection and temporary expositions at the Musée du quai Branly pay homage to the wealth of traditional arts and educate visitors about their significant contribution to world heritage. With an extraordinarily rich collection of 700,000 photographs and 300,000 artefacts and objects – musical instruments, fabrics, clothing – from Oceania, Asia, Africa and the Americas, the museum takes visitors on an eclectic and fascinating voyage of discovery into the cultures of distant lands across the centuries.

The temporary exhibitions at the quai Branly offer a highly original perspective on the cultures that make up their themes. They are offset against contemporary Western civilization to make them more familiar and accessible, while preserving the mystical aspect that makes them endlessly fascinating.


Useful information

From 10:30am to 7pm. From 10:30am to 10pm Thursday.

Garden opening times: from 9.15am to 7.30pm. From 9.15am to 10.15pm Thursday.

Closed on Monday.

37 quai Jacques Chirac, Paris 7th