Musée des Arts d'Afrique et d'Asie

Fine arts, photography, sacred art, ethnography, literature, music, contemporary creation…

A collection of 5000 objects, a picture library of 1000 imageries, new acquisitions. The collections of the museum show the artistic diversity of Asian and African civilisations and highlight civilisations from Oceania and America as well.


The museum is attached to the association of La Maison du Missionnaire. Le musée des arts d’Afrique et d’Asie is the former Missionary Museum (musée du missionnaire) created in 1922. Between 1922 and 1940, the most important part of the collection is amassed thanks to donations of works from outside Europe from congregations, missionaries, travellers, civil servants and military men.


Located in the thermal area of Vichy since 2002, the museum is set in an old hydrotherapy facility which later became a laboratory for Vichy’s waters quality. The Belle Epoque style building was designed in 1881 by the architect Vianney.


Every year, there are new acquisitions, new donations and new temporary exhibitions.


Through patrimonial or news topics, the exhibitions show the beauty of cultures and try to answer the questions that each society has been wondering about: origins, sacred connections, social relations, representation of the world, expression of power…

Art is a way to understand the world. It opens to exchange and respect for differences in order to live better together.



16 avenue Thermale - 03200 Vichy - FRANCE - 04 70 97 76 40

from early May to late October from Tuesday to Sunday from 14h to 18h

Open on public holidays.