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Unique of its kind in Paris, the Guimet Museum displays one of the most beautiful collection of Asian art in Europe and has one of the largest collections of Asian art outside Asia.
Founded by Émile Étienne Guimet, an industrialist the museum was first located in Lyon in 1879 before being transferred to Paris in 1885. Devoted to travel, Guimet was in 1876 commissioned by the minister of public instruction to study the religions of the Far East, and the museum contains many of the fruits of this expedition.
In 1927, the museum possesses items from several expeditions through Central Asia, China assembled by explorators such as Paul Pelliot or Édouard Chavannes but also the collection from the Trocadero Museum. In the thirties the Museum is already famous for the variety and quality of its collections.
In 1945 an exchange is made with the Louvre Museum. Guimet receives the Asian collection in exchange of its Egyptian items. The museum became one of the first Asian museum outside Asia. Renovated in the nineties the museum is showing to the visitor the intricate links between the different traditions in Asia.
Collections include Afghanistan and Pakistan, China, Himalaya, South-East Asia, Central Asia, Korea, India and Japan.