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Musee Carnavalet

16 rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 75003 Paris, France
+33 1 44 59 58 58
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Ranked #74 of 797 Attractions in Paris
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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Richmond, United Kingdom
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79 reviews 79 reviews
35 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

First of all I have to say what a miserable lot of people make comments on tripadvisor, the amount of negative remarks on this wonderful museum beggars belief, I appreciate that we all have different taste but really these people just moan. Don't take any notice of them please. I personally prefer to visit small museums when I travel as... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

First of all it's free, and that is so rare in Paris. That being said it would be foolish to expect the same level of masterpieces and exhibits as the Louvre or Orsay. I think it's worth your time if you are in the Marais... the building and gardens are exquisite. Some of the pieces shown are interesting enough with... More

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Park City, Utah
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

As another reviewer states "my favorite museum--it isn't crowded and it's charming"--I completely agree--although the light streaming through the d'Orsay captures my imagination. During this last trip to Paris we decided it was time to see this lovely museum in the Marais. I had spent time online reading the museum brochure (which is available for download) so I was familiar... More

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San Francisco, California
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26 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

I find the huge museums in Paris - Louvre, d'Orsay, Pompidou - to be overwhelming and overcrowded. I loved the Carnavalet because it's the complete opposite - quiet, charming - and tells a fascinating story about the history of Paris. Lots of interesting facts and artwork and can be easily enjoyed in 2-3 hours. It's in the Marais District so... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

A beauitful building but when you look closely there's a lot of dust and cracking paint. Yes it is free and there wasn't a line. But I bought the audio guide and still couldn't figure the place out. Yes, there was neat stuff to see and some very good paintings. But it was unclear what order you were supposed to... More

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New York City, New York
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

When we visit a new city, we usually head straight for their own History museum to learn why the locals think their city is unique and to learn its origins. We were really looking forward to this in Paris, but we were really disappointed. This city has been a center of civilization for millenia that, for example, were contributors to... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This museum has a bit of everything related to the history of Paris. The layout is quirky but there is no entrance fee and it is worth an hour or two to get a better understanding of the history of the city. It was also interesting to see paintings/photos of famous areas in Paris and how they looked then versus... More

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Victoria, Canada
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Let's face it, there is so much to see and do in Paris. As the Marais district is on everybody's bucket list, Musee Carnavalet is an easy fit. The price for admission to the permanent collection is free. Special exhibits are subject to a charge. The museum is run by the city and the collection is representative of the city's... More

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Houston, Texas
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124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We spent a month in the Marais, so obviously went to this museum. Was hard to follow and we didn't spend much time on the permanent collection as they had a superb exhibit of photographs of the liberation of Paris that took us quite a bit of time to get through. I'll try again next time I'm back and hit... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014 via mobile

I had been looking forward to exploring this museum on my visit last week, but was disappointed that only a third of the galleries were Open. I presume this is ongoing rather than me just showing up on a bad day, as the museum plans had all the closures marked. In effect, the only periods open where the 18th century... More

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