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Musee Carnavalet

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Address: 16 rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 75003 Paris, France
Phone Number: +33 1 44 59 58 58
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Description: The Carnavalet Museum is dedicated to the history of Paris and its...
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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Free Museum in the Marais

We stumbled upon this museum while wondering the Marais and Place des Vosges. All exhibits expect the temporary ones are free. There is a wonderful exhibit about the French... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

We stumbled upon this museum while wondering the Marais and Place des Vosges. All exhibits expect the temporary ones are free. There is a wonderful exhibit about the French Revolution on the upper floor. The museum is housed in a beautiful old building with wonderful manicured gardens.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

this was our second visit, the scale of the museum means that you could be there for several days Packed with information,furniture,pictures,room settings,photos, plans tracing the history of Paris over the last five centuries. Free entry but well worth a generous donation Audio guide necessary if you need information as all information is in French Lockers and cloakrooms to facilitate... More 

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Danderyd, Stockholms Län, Sweden
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Although it is free, don't waste your time here. Really nothing to see. Wonder why there isn't a revolutionary museum in Paris? Would be interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

It wasn't expensive to get in and there is so much to explore. Some nice courtyard gardens if the weather is ok. The streets nearby are quite attractive - although shops not cheap!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

I had read the reviews on here and, based on what I read, was expecting this museum to be much more interesting than it was. I was pretty disappointed. Yes, the museum has a collection of some interesting trinkets, but there was almost no explanation (in French *or* English). Maybe it would have been better if I'd bought the audioguide,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

My partner went to the Notre Dame and the queue was so long it was crazy. We then decided to try the museum Carnavalet as it was in our guide book. The first thing we noticed was how peaceful and uncrowded it was, which was a relief to be honest! It is free to get in and the cloak room... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Entry is the first oddity - you have to obtain a ticket although there is no charge! ( you are invited to make a small donation) The first rooms have a collection of signs from bars, restaurants and other businesses from the 17th century onwards. Some are beautiful, some bizarre and most are interesting. On the day of our visit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Musee Carnavalet is a place that is so enjoyable whether you go into the paid exhibition or not. It is a place where you could spend hours just exploring the treasures that are on display. I heartily recommend a visit while you are in the Marais district.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

So much to see here even though some sections are closed for renovations you can't do it justice in just a few hours. Beautifully curated, this museum gives an intimate view of life in Paris over many different periods. Highly recommend paying the 5€ for an audio guide as all displays are in French only and even then they are... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We became aware of Carnavalet through Rick Steves, who recommended it. Since we were in the area (Picasso museum is close by) we decided to give it a try. The museum is in a beautiful old mansion, and is interesting from that perspective. To some degree it feels like a walk through the attic or basement of a fervent collector,... More 

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The Marais is a winding maze of multi-faceted streets that beg to be explored. It bursts with small boutiques, historic buildings, cozy traditional restaurants, and hidden parks. Around each corner, you'll come across little gems of architecture spanning the centuries, from understated medieval towers to classical libraries and 17th century splendor. This neighborhood unites a rich mix of people of all ages, but it's best known for the gay scene mostly in the south and the Jewish community around Rue des Rosiers.