Tuesday, May 22, 2012

WW: musée du quai Branly



(Almost wordless, again) 

When I dream of Paris, which is quite often, I dream of going back to the Musée du Quai Branly.

While most people flock to the Louvre (as well they should, because it is awesome), they miss this quaint little museum off the beaten path, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. We found it completely by chance, when one excited little Miss Em spotted ads for an exhibition of primitive masks on the métro walls (the kid has an uncanny knack of being interested in the weirdest things). She even traded a visit to the Versailles for it (and if you knew about her fascination with castles, you'd understand her enthusiasm).

The most unusual feature of the museum is the River, an installation by Charles Sandison. Words are projected down onto the ramp/walkway that leads inside the museum, and they interweave and flow right down from gradually elevating ramp. It looks exactly like a river, as its apt name suggests, and here and there words, in different languages, just jump out like drops of water out of the stream. It's a must see! I wasn't really allowed to take photos inside the museum, but I sneaked this one, to show Emily when I came home.




Here are some of the photos I took of the museum, when I was there during my solo trip in January.
(click on any photo to biggify and trigger the album)














What and where is your favorite museum?


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12 Comments:

At 5/23/12, 4:55 AM , OpenID jeffwhelan said...

Smile! You’ve been nominated for the prestigious Versatile Blogger Award! http://jeffwhelan.wordpress.com/2012/05/23/the-versatile-blogger-award/ I’d have notified you last night but it was way past my bedtime. Had to grab some shuteye first. Cheers!

 
At 5/23/12, 9:37 AM , Blogger RoryBore said...

Ah, we will always have Paris. Would love to go someday. so for now, will have to pick the Royal Ontario Musuem as my favourite.
I really need to get out more :)
P.S. Love the song playing!

 
At 5/23/12, 11:03 AM , Blogger Megan Broutian said...

Thank you m'dear, I'm honored and humbled. Hope you were able to get a good night's sleep :)

 
At 5/23/12, 11:05 AM , Blogger Megan Broutian said...

I'll go with you Rory, you would make an excellent companion! Plus I'm always looking for any excuse to go back :)

I was a little skeptical about her singing talents at first (this is Carla Bruni, the wife of the soon to be ex-French president Sarkozy) but I've really started digging the husky renditions.

 
At 5/23/12, 11:25 AM , Anonymous Pearlsa said...

OMG Megan, we have the same taste. Musée du quai Branly is my favorite too. You make me want to dig through my Paris 2011 pictures. haaaaaaa

 
At 5/23/12, 11:37 AM , Blogger Megan Broutian said...

Oh goodie! Please do Adjoa, I bet they're far better than mine (iPhone).

 
At 5/23/12, 12:55 PM , Blogger Journey of Life said...

Thanks for the tip. We are almost there this Summer except the girls wanted something different. Next year! Hubby and I were there many years ago and I don't remember going to this museum.

 
At 5/23/12, 1:02 PM , Blogger Megan Broutian said...

You're welcome :)

 
At 5/23/12, 1:32 PM , Blogger Susi said...

I really loved the Museum of Natural History in NY. It was fascinating for me to be there. I have been to many incredible museums in Germany but I couldn't pick just one. Love your pics.

 
At 5/23/12, 3:42 PM , Blogger Megan Broutian said...

I agree with your choices. Can't wait for Emily to see the AMNH this August, and to me, ALL of Germany is one gigantic museum :)

 
At 5/24/12, 3:46 AM , Blogger Hilary said...

Great pictures! I am bad... I don't like museums... at all. the last time I went to one was for a school field trip.... sigh....

 
At 5/27/12, 8:22 PM , Blogger Megan Broutian said...

You'da loved this one, Hilary. Best cuppa coffee, on funky modern chairs, at the foot of the impressive Eiffel Tower... we should seriously plan a trip. Like I said, any excuse is a good enough excuse for me to go back :)

 

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