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Musee Carnavalet

16 rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 75003 Paris, France
+33 1 44 59 58 58
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As featured in Paris on a budget
Ranked #61 of 764 Attractions in Paris
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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Gardendale, Alabama
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71 reviews 71 reviews
64 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

If you like to look at alot of unglamorous pictures, this is the place for you. The inside is made hideous from so many pictures being crammed together on most of the walls. I told my daughter that they must have given the lack luster pictures to this museum because no one else wanted them. Aside from that, some of... More

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near Phila.
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83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Though I have been to Paris often, I visited this museum for the first time this September. I wanted to see the photo exhibit on the Liberation of Paris, in August of 1944. It was splendid, though only a very few of the images were in color ( I think the only color shots were stills from George Stevens 16... More

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Weymouth
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Looking at the other reviews, maybe its just me but I didn't find this Museum informative or particularly interesting. It was just a large collection of objects with almost no explanation, interpretation or analysis. For example, there were some beautiful interiors from old Paris buildings contained within it - for example the ballroom from the Hotel Wagram but no explanation... More

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Newport, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Believe me, I was surprised too. I was in the Marais area shopping for something and felt like taking a break from walking around. I happened to be in front of this museum, which had a modest facade and a single banner advertising an exhibit, so I went in knowing nothing about it. I had a Museum Pass, so nothing... More

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manila, the philippines
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Astounding collection of paintings, statuary, photographs and art objects showing Paris and its people at various times in its storied past, from its start as a place called Lutece occupied by the Parisii tribe to its heyday in the 1800s and its present-day Hausmann-designed landscape. Two old mansions merged to house the museum. Worth the trip.

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washington dc
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This museum of the history of Paris is free (because the city owns it) and open Tues-Sun 10-6 (and therefore open on Sunday when much of Paris is closed). We went to this museum, because we spent Sunday in Le Marais (when much of Paris is closed). We were happy to see Proust's cork lined bedroom, Mme. de Sevigne's haunts,... More

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

see why the peasants revolted as you stroll through these salvaged rooms from Paris buildings that Hausmann bowled to make his grand boulevards. grandeur and history were collected to be housed in this innovative building - a collection of old and grand Paris.

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washington, dc
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We went to this with our focus being the French Revolution but it seemed that every display we went to visit was closed. Apparently two things are going on 1) some renovation 2) with cutbacks ,areas of the museum are opened on alternate days.

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Was there with some friends a couple of months ago. If you like to know a bit more about Paris' history this is a place to be ! Take your time because the place is bigger then you think .

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Currently the museum has an temporary exhibition on the liberation of Paris. The exhibit exceeded my expectations, and I learned some new facts. It is mostly based on photographs and a few period movies. The permanent collections cover various periods of Paris' history, mostly through paintings but with some artifacts as well. I like the Marais and the museum has... More

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