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Musee Carnavalet

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Le Marais
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Address: 16 rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 75003 Paris, France
Phone Number: +33 1 44 59 58 58
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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

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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First visit, so happy

I can't believe that I've been to Paris so many times and have never been to the Carnavalet, superb within and without. I'm not sure why, but we were admitted free-of-charge... read more

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Nice, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

I can't believe that I've been to Paris so many times and have never been to the Carnavalet, superb within and without. I'm not sure why, but we were admitted free-of-charge, perhaps a good idea to see when free-admission days are, but worth the visit whatever the cost.

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A must-see museum in Paris At the heart of the historic Marais district, a place that can be enjoyed on foot by forgetting his card, his GPS and other google-map, while strolling the streets of the maze rigged and inspiration, you will eventually discover the museum Carnavalet. A superb masonry of XVI century, then extended later on by Mansard. In... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Situated in the Marais, close to the Place des Vosges, the Musée Carnavalet was once the home of Madame de Sevigny, one of the best-known French writers of the 17th century and greatly admired by Marcel Proust. It now a museum of the history of Paris, with paintings and other works arranged by period. One of the exhibits is appropriately... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The carnavalet museum is so great! It explains and show us a lot of important parts of the history of France and Paris. You really need some time to appreciate everything that this place has to offer! And it is also for free, don't miss it!

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san diego
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was great but only the entrance to each room, of which there are many, has a poster in English. There's nothing in English next to each individual artifact.

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Beverley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 225 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A fantastic museum crammed with beauty and history. Do not miss Proust's bed and some great paintings from all different eras. And it is free!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here with our teenage kids. We enjoyed seeing the building and some of the history of Paris. Loved the reconstructions of rooms from other times in history.

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Concord, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Want to wander around for hours,not exactly sure where you are going, but guaranteed to find something very interesting? Either wander through the streets of Paris, or go to the Carnevalet in the Marais. (Plus,its free) One caution - the headset tours are not always correctly correlated to the exhibit numbers - but I thought that somehow made it even... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Do not be misled by the description of this museum saying it's about the history of Paris. This place is all about Parisian style through the ages. It's a gorgeous place filled with gorgeous things. This museum is not crowded at all, which is a welcome change after the Louvre and Versailles. It's also free, so you can go whenever... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fantastic museum dedicated to the history of Paris. I especially liked the stone painting, originally painted in the 1780’s in a different location, the blocks were cut and reassembled here in 1910. It was all so beautiful and not very busy. I also liked the wooden cradle given to Napolean III for his son. It was exquisitely carved and had... More 

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