In June 2006, twenty years after the City of Light celebrated the opening of its last major museum, the doors swung open to the city's highly anticipated, resolutely 21st century, Musée du Quai Branly. With a prime location at the foot of the Eiffel Tower on the bank of the River Seine, the structure is

structure is an exhilarating feast for the eyes from its ambitious design to the contents of its impressive galleries.

Boasting an elaborate, eye-popping design by world-renowned architect Jean Nouvel and mural botanist Patrick Blanc, its astounding 40,000 square meters of interior and exterior space showcase the arts and civilizations of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.

Housing the combined collections of the Ethnological Laboratory of the Musée de l'Homme and the former Musée des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie, there are over 300,000 artifacts to discover. Designed as a vast, progressive 'cultural city' - or 'museum within a forest' - exhibitions, lectures and programs will be in constant rotation to foster a fluid, provocative exchange of ideas and experiences across disciplines and cultures.

Celebrating it's highly anticipated opening with deserved fanfare, the museum opened it's.