The Musée Guimet, or National Asiatic Arts Museum was founded in 1889 by Emile Guimet, a businessman and scholar from Lyon whose visits around the world allowed him to amass a large collection in a relatively short amount of time. Housed in the building that he commissioned especially for it, and with a permanent collection spanning 5500m², the museum is considered to be the largest of its kind outside of Asia.
With items from Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Himalayas, Southeast Asia, China, Corea, India and Japan, the collection is pretty much exhaustive, and Guimet even has two extra mini-museums to house more. For example, check out the Panthéon Bouddhique two minutes away at 19 avenue d'Iéna and its rooms full of Buddhas. The amazing Japanese garden with its pontoons, bamboo and tea pavilion also make for an original and agreeable break in the summer.
Alain Bernardin founded the Crazy Horse Saloon in 1951, drawing creative inspiration from American striptease.
An institution for night owls, the Crazy Horse Saloon is know for its teasing but tasteful topless dancers, and has been carefully renovating its image over the last few years, with guest spots by stars such as Carmen Electra, Dita Von Teese and Pamela Anderson.
A succession of sassy and glamorous images, Desires combines chic and sensual. Zula Zazou, Jade Or, Psykko Tico or Nooka Karamel will take you into an universe where aesthetics is sometimes combined with humour without ever abandoning the codes of the house.
Crazy Horse Saloon
12 avenue George V 75008 Paris
Metro: George V