A dynamic network of regional partner institutions
The musée du quai Branly houses a collection of 300,000 works and objects from Africa (89,000), Asia (72,000), Oceania (33,000) and the Americas (106,000).
The collection also includes five important subsets: 700,000 photographs, 10,000 musical instrument, 25,000 items of textile or garments, 8,000 historical works and documents (drawings, engravings, paintings, sculptures, items of furniture etc.), together with 320,000 documents (publications, periodicals, archive items etc.)..
The location of the works in the reserves, at the heart of the musée du quai Branly, contributes actively to the dynamism of the museum's cultural policy. This ideal situation facilitates loans and enables the circulation of works and knowledge to a greater number of people. Since it opened in 2006, the museum has thus collaborated with numerous institutions, and is part of a dynamic network for lending objects, particularly in the context of temporary exhibitions organised throughout in France.
In nearly seven years, in collaboration with the Parisian museums (Musée Guimet, musée du Louvre, Musée de la Marine, Museum national d’Histoire naturelle, Palais de la découverte, Cité de l’immigration etc.), the musée du quai Branly has loaned 3000 works to regional museums, including nearly 300 in 2012, contributing to the organisation of exhibitions such as All Savages! Views of difference at the Abbaye de Daoulas (loan of 85 works) in 2013, Tapas: Etoffes cosmiques d'Océanie (loan of 43 works) at the musée Henri Martin at Cahors in 2010, or Le temps du rêve, Peintures aborigènes du désert at the Domaine de Sédières in 2008 (loan of 37 works, exhibition conceived by the musée du quai Branly).