The French have made the design of museums an art form. I have visited many museums over the years but found the Musée du quai Branly of ethnic art to be one of the finest presentations of art and antiquities I have ever seen. The Musée du quai Branly features indigenous art, cultures and civilizations from Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. This museum is designed to handle large groups. Instead of a large room filled with items, the museum designers have created a structured flow that meanders like a stream through the art space. There are eddies and branches that reach off in unique directions which highlight unique sculptures or ethnic dress. Overhead are hung larger wooden sculptures that seem to fly by out of the corner of your eye. The museum also holds one of the largest collections of African musical instruments. All in all a must see in Paris.
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