Sèvres National Ceramics Museum
Situated just outside Paris’ city center along the River Seine, the museum houses one of the largest ceramic collections in the world, holding more than 50,000 pieces ranging in style, era, and artistry. The museum is organized into themed galleries—including ancient Greek, Islamic, Chinese, Moorish, and Japanese regions—demonstrating various techniques, materials, and functions. While most of the ceramics displayed are historic, the gallery also hosts contemporary works by international artists.
Things to know before you go
- Groups of 10 or more receive discounted admission.
- There is no air conditioning in the museum.
- Admission is free the first Sunday of every month.
- The museum is open every day except Tuesday.
- Luggage and large bags are not permitted inside.
How to get there
Slightly outside of the center of Paris, the ceramic museum is close to Pond de Sèvres Station on Metro Line 9. You can also take the tram T2 to Issy-Val de Seine, or the 42, 72, and 467 bus lines, among others
When to get there
The museum is open Wednesday through Monday (closed on Tuesdays) from 10am to 12:30pm, before reopening from 1:30pm to 5pm.
More Things to Do at Sèvres National Ceramics Museum
For an in-depth look at the production of ceramic goods, consider booking a private tour of the ateliers, where apprentices hone their craft with the manufacturer school’s training program. If you’d like to give ceramic making a try yourself, attend modeling or porcelain painting workshops, which are great for families.
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