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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 #68 of 734 attractions in Paris
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I was so excited to visit this museum before I even hot there. I read about it in Rick Steve''s Paris travel book, and would highly suggest using his guide to walk thru it. Although it was hard to find some areas, and I didn't find their map easy to use, having his our to explain things helped quite a... More

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San Francisco, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I've visited the Musee every time I come to Paris. It is like an old friend. I would give it a 5. I write this as a review of the exposition on the liberation of Paris. The exposition is well organized but the way it treats America is out of line. It would have been better to remain completely silent... More

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

If you cannot be bothered queuing for the Louvre try one of Paris' lesser visited museums. The Musée Carnavalet is housed in two 16th century mansions with lovely gardens you can stroll through. It is a history of Paris museum and has incredible exhibits like the entire facade (Art Nouveau masterpiece) and some interior features of the once famous Fouquet... More

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Ontario Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We weren't expecting to spend so much time here. Be prepared, this museum is worth the visit and you might spend more time than planned. The history of the city is captivating and the photographs tell the story. Once inside, it is hard to believe you are in the middle of the city. Beautiful!

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Alkmaar, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Due to bad weather we wanted an indoor activity, we passed the Museum Carnavalet and decided to visit this unknown museum. We were very surprised by this unique collection and beautiful building. No fee for a visit makes it even more fun to enjoy this beautiful museum.

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Rutherford, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We found the Carnavalet well worth the visit but a little confusing: we tried to follow the audio guide but often could not figure out what display they were talking about. I’m sure we skipped some interesting parts of Paris’ history just become we took the wrong turn. Just seeing the interiors of both houses made it worth the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I was surprised on how this museum opened out into so many different levels and subjects. We took far longer to get around than we imagined that we needed. Level after level has differing subjects differing historic times with differing mediums. When we were there, there was a special exhibition of the photos of the repatriation of Paris in the... More

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This is the museum of the city of Paris. There are unusual exhibits, from old street signs to Louis XV's shaving kit from his quarters in the Bastille. Fascinating.

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DC
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Well situated, excellent worthwhile stopover while strolling in Le Marais. Lovely buildings, stunning art collection. If you are not a fluent French speaker, you may as I did find the audio guide spotty and a bit superficial. Best for appreciators of art where the subject is the City of Paris over time, rather than a lifelong-learner type hoping to pick... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

If you're interested in the history of Paris itself, this museum is a must. You will see some ruins and objects from the Roman Gaul era when Paris was called Lutetia and then move on to different times in the history of the city. From the period of the Revolution to la Belle Epoque and more you will see furniture,... More

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