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Musee Carnavalet

#102 of 1,119 things to do in Paris
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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
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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This museum had a lot of really nice items, but it is only in French. If you are a French speaker, then this a must see (and it is free!). If you do not speak French, then it is... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
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Denver, Colorado
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

This museum was a bit boring. I love historical museums, but this wasn’t really historical. It just has historical artifacts. There was no real story. It is free, but not worth the price of admission.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This museum had a lot of really nice items, but it is only in French. If you are a French speaker, then this a must see (and it is free!). If you do not speak French, then it is easy to get lost. As an American, it was great to see Ben Franklin's portrait in there!

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Most importantly, it is a Free museum... in Paris. However, it urgently needs some organising (the route is very unclear) and some updating. Nevertheless, interesting side of the Paris history but needs a bit more interaction.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This museum is just around the corner from Hotel Jeanne D'Arc and is easily covered in a couple of hours. Whilst entrance is free I recommend paying for the Audio Tour. I think it cost 5 eoros each and really brings the museum to life. It tells the history of Paris and there are some great artworks there.

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Urbana, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Oddly enough, this was my favorite museum, with the exception of Versailles (not sure if that counts) and it's completely free! It's a rather eclectic collection of historical signs from around Paris, recreated or relocated salons from homes of wealthy Parisians from the past, paintings, sculpture and some wonderful exhibits from the French Revolution. It's essentially the Museum of Parisian... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Went to this museum as it was free and it was advertised that the exhibits were in English, this was not the case so I had to purchase an audio guide. The numbers for the audio guide were few and far between and hard to see. There is no clear layout and the maps on the walls did not tell... More 

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

If you're not that interested in crowding around poor Mona Lisa and racing through the rest of the Louvre, then you should consider this gorgeous little museum that's out of the way. Buses rarely pull up to this one, but it's a fascinating place. Not to mention, there's a lovely garden through which to stroll and catch your breath. Located... More 

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Washington DC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The Carnavalet is a beautiful museum in the heart of the Marais. The permanent exhibit is free, so it's definitely worth checking out. I've been a few times, but there was a special photography exhibit when I went most recently that was really nice. Definitely allow enough time to see the whole museum!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Really enjoyed this musuem, yes it's a little like a rabbit warren but it does add to the charm, also you have views out the windows during your tour, lovely staircases, lots of paintings , great place to store bags and coats. I think there is a recommended route to follow, we missed it and meandered our way around which... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

This is a great museum of Paris' history located in a beautiful old Parisian villa. We found the museum really interesting - there were models of old sites/buildings, iron work, painting, furniture, etc. Entrance is free - I think special exhibitions there is a fee. And it was not crowded at all. We hired audio tour which was well worth... More 

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Le Marais
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.