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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
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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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Well it's free so that's a good start. Full of paintings, miniatures, static displays and interesting things. And of course the beautiful gardens

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 3, 2015
karen m
Sydney, Australia

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015 NEW

Well it's free so that's a good start. Full of paintings, miniatures, static displays and interesting things. And of course the beautiful gardens

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Woodinville, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 NEW

We went here, expecting a kind of wax museum kind of place ad were very very pleasantly surprised. The exhibits, architecture and artwork are arranged so that you get a feel for how Paris evolved over the centuries. We expected to spend an hour here and ended up spending the afternoon. Not nearly as famous as many of the other... More 

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San Francisco, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 NEW

The history of Paris is indeed fascinating, but this museum is mostly a jumbled repository of furniture, paintings and other old objects. If you enjoy looking at that kind of thing with descriptions on the audio guide like " this is a 17th century chair that you can see has a matelasse pattern that was kept in the townhouse of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

I went there after seeing the Picasso Museum, so my energy level was somewhat depleted. The Carnavalet turned out to be an amazing museum with exhibits designed to familiarize the viewer with the history of Paris. Rooms, furniture, paintings, china, and exhibits explain the French Revolution. Looking back, I would devote a day to this museum and would rent the... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

We went to this museum expecting more information about Marie Antoinette and got a fascinating history of the French Revolution. But the museum is also a beautiful art gallery with beautiful works that give you a feeling of the spirit of Paris. And the best part - it's free (although there is a charge for the optional audio ).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

In the Marais, this is a beautiful, formerly private residence. Before the Impressionists moved to Musee d'Orsay, they resided here. Now, it's called the Museum of the History of Paris which includes lots of art, relics and information about the French Revolution, which, of course, began in Paris. It's definitely a worthwhile stop

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

In my estimation, Musee Carnavalet, perhaps the oldest museum in Paris, provides a much better view of the French revolution than the Conciergerie (which has a most of its focus on Marie Antoinette). Carnavalet can be accessed for no charge, but you will be encouraged and should leave 5 Euros at the entrance (to help cover staffing, if nothing else).... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

We visited this museum only for the purpose of viewing the Marcel Proust chamber and cannot comment on the overall museum collection. However, we were disappointed in the lack of information provided about both Proust and about his "room", not to mention the fact that what little there was posted was only in the French language.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

As my wife and I had a few hours to fill in we decided to visit the Musee Carnavalet. Two old hotels converted into a museum dedicated to Paris and its history. You get a good insight into what the neighbourhoods looked like and general life in Paris at different times. The section on the French Revolution is most interesting... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

The gardens of this museum are fantastic. The exposition is free and very interesting, it shows Paris history and how people lived through time. There is a special exibition about the French Revolution with explanations in English. Worth the visit

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