About the MuseumThe Museum of Decorative Arts (Musée des Arts Décoratifs) presents useful art, from the Middle Ages to the present. It is located near the Louvre Museum and actually includes four museums:
The Museum of Design - displays products from the Roman age until today.
The Museum of Antique Furniture - presents furniture from different historical times.
The Museum of Textile and Fashion - includes costumes from the 14th century and displays French fashion over the years.
The Museum of Advertising - presents more than 20,000 posters from the 30s to today.
Every year the exhibits are renewed with more than 2,000 items, and alternating exhibitions are held.
The museum, which was founded in 1877, is very large and contains tens of thousands of items that tell the development story of various fashions, tastes and preferences of people in the different times, as reflected in their house and daily objects. The museum also offers guided tours and lectures on various subjects.
Among the exhibits you can find glassware and ceramics, works of art, jewelry, furniture, wall coverings, paintings, ornaments, pictures and decoration, toys and in general - beds and beddings from different periods, blankets and pillows, cupboards, tools and lampshades. In fact, you can find in the museum all the usual things a home needs, with an emphasis on design and decoration.
The modern part of the display is not as large as the older parts, but new items are added to it all the time. At the moment you can find for example, works by 20th century designers such as designer bedrooms, an Art Deco style apartment, or a decorated living room by George Honchel. On the third floor you will find toys.
The museum also has a large library on a separate floor with books and many materials on the subject of design. As usual, there is also a shop with design items and things designed for sale.