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Musee Carnavalet

Address: 16 rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 75003 Paris, France (Le Marais)
Phone Number: +33 1 44 59 58 58
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Ranked #85 of 1,105 things to do in Paris
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History museums, Museums
Fee: No
Owner description: The Carnavalet Museum is dedicated to the history of Paris and its...
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Type: History museums, Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: The Carnavalet Museum is dedicated to the history of Paris and its inhabitants and has collections illustrating the evolution of the city from prehistory through to the present day. A vast array of works of art, relics and models are displayed in 100 or so rooms, showing the capital at various periods in history and evoking intellectual and everyday life. Magnificent restored historical scenery creates an evocative setting for a stroll through the centuries in an enriching, delightful visitor experience.
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Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This museum is just around the corner from Hotel Jeanne D'Arc and is easily covered in a couple of hours. Whilst entrance is free I recommend paying for the Audio Tour. I think it cost 5 eoros each and really brings the museum to life. It tells the history of Paris and there are some great artworks there.

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Urbana, Ohio
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11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Oddly enough, this was my favorite museum, with the exception of Versailles (not sure if that counts) and it's completely free! It's a rather eclectic collection of historical signs from around Paris, recreated or relocated salons from homes of wealthy Parisians from the past, paintings, sculpture and some wonderful exhibits from the French Revolution. It's essentially the Museum of Parisian... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Went to this museum as it was free and it was advertised that the exhibits were in English, this was not the case so I had to purchase an audio guide. The numbers for the audio guide were few and far between and hard to see. There is no clear layout and the maps on the walls did not tell... More 

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Pasadena, California
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10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

If you're not that interested in crowding around poor Mona Lisa and racing through the rest of the Louvre, then you should consider this gorgeous little museum that's out of the way. Buses rarely pull up to this one, but it's a fascinating place. Not to mention, there's a lovely garden through which to stroll and catch your breath. Located... More 

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Washington DC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The Carnavalet is a beautiful museum in the heart of the Marais. The permanent exhibit is free, so it's definitely worth checking out. I've been a few times, but there was a special photography exhibit when I went most recently that was really nice. Definitely allow enough time to see the whole museum!

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Townsville, Australia
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Really enjoyed this musuem, yes it's a little like a rabbit warren but it does add to the charm, also you have views out the windows during your tour, lovely staircases, lots of paintings , great place to store bags and coats. I think there is a recommended route to follow, we missed it and meandered our way around which... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

This is a great museum of Paris' history located in a beautiful old Parisian villa. We found the museum really interesting - there were models of old sites/buildings, iron work, painting, furniture, etc. Entrance is free - I think special exhibitions there is a fee. And it was not crowded at all. We hired audio tour which was well worth... More 

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

The musée Carnavalet is a great place for people who want to see more of the History of Paris. If you are not interested in this exact subject, better to skip it. It is literally filled with knick knacks from the 16th Century Hotel de Ville front door to 18th Century replicas of how the city looked in the 15th... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This is truly a little gem of a museum. The artifacts detailing the history of the city of Paris was so interesting and well presented. During the period of our visit there was a special exhibition of photographs taken during the liberation of Paris in August 1944. It was really an eye-opener to see all the barricades, road blocks and... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This exhibit was timed to coincide with the seventieth anniversary of the Liberation of Paris and displays photographs and films taken in August 1944 by professionals and amateurs alike. Somewhat didactic commentaries are in French,English and German. Many of the pictures are moving and reasonably well displayed if repetitive. Unfortunately the whole show is cramped in a claustrophobic space with... More 

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