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Musee Carnavalet

16 rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 75003 Paris, France
+33 1 44 59 58 58
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Ranked #70 of 637 Attractions in Paris
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Fee: No
Owner description: The Carnavalet Museum is dedicated to the history of Paris and its...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Hours:
Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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.
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed the experience because we paid extra for the audio in English. Unfortunately not every painting/section was explained on the audio, and since descriptions on the walls were in French, we felt "deprived " a few times. Made us feel quite unwelcome as tourists! The experience would have been more enchanting if both French and English (a more International... More 

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NY, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

I had no intention of stopping in but the line to the Picasso Museum was too long so I walked away after being told by 2 guards that my Museum Pass would not cover the Picasso Museum. Having said that, I am glad that I took the time. I only spent 45 minutes because it was approaching 12:45 pm -... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Exhibition rooms reconstructed as 14th and 15th century private residences. Went for photo exhibition of 1945 Liberation of Paris

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I missed this museum during my first two trips to Paris and I'm glad to have gone now. Admission is complimentary. It is interesting and educational and housed in a great old building. Some of it was closed for renovation in Nov 2014, so a visit after that is completed will be much better. Hopefully, some additional dusting will be... More 

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Ottawa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Loved the atmosphere of historic houses and courtyards but many areas were closed so it was impossible to do a chronological walk through the history of Paris. Liked the historic rooms and the menagerie with ancient displays from bercy area

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Bellingham, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We only had 45 minutes there. A man told us in English to ask for free tickets upon entering, though the sign in French had prices for admittance. I imagine it is to better inform non-French about Paris' history? The rooms that were open were beautiful. I loved the art collection. I missed out on all the history though, so... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Since the queue to visit newly re-opened Picasso Museum and the waiting time where too long for the time we had that day, we went to the nearby Carnavalet Museum (23 Rue de Sévigné, 75003), about the history of Paris. About half of the space was closed for restoration, but the rest was still well worth a visit – if... More 

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Folsom, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

If you are traveling to Musee Carnavalet, please be aware that the French revolution collection is under renovation. I went in Nov 2014. I am not sure when it will re-open. I would check in with them before you go. Direct from their website: Due to security maintenance, the following rooms from Middle Age to XVIIIth century are closed :... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This Museum is always open on Sunday. It is a must visit, and it is free! The selection of French furniture, antiques and life in Paris are exemplary. In the Marais district, it is a great area to visit and then have lunch or dinner. Not to be missed.

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

An interesting museum exhibiting models of old Paris - from the late 1800's to the 1900's - for those interested in old Paris. However, the many stairs were staring to be aissue for us with back and knee problems

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