Henri Cernuschi, an Italian republican, financier and art collector, resided in this private mansion, which he had built on Avenue Vélasquez and which has since become a heritage institution. His collections, brought back from a long trip to Asia, are on display there, including the great Amida Buddha in bronze that is now the pride of the museum. With more than 12,000 exhibits, the museum is organised into sections dedicated to China, Japan, Vietnam and Korea.
The Cernuschi Museum, one of the oldest in the city of Paris, regularly makes new acquisitions and still has one of the leading collections of Chinese art in Europe, made up of Neolithic pottery, ancient bronzes, grave goods, and jade and ivory pieces.
Guided tours, as well as lectures, workshops and activities for children, are offered throughout the year.