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Musee Carnavalet

Address: 16 rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 75003 Paris, France
Phone Number: +33 1 44 59 58 58
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Ranked #74 of 627 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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Houston, Texas
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133 reviews 133 reviews
15 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This is truly a little gem of a museum. The artifacts detailing the history of the city of Paris was so interesting and well presented. During the period of our visit there was a special exhibition of photographs taken during the liberation of Paris in August 1944. It was really an eye-opener to see all the barricades, road blocks and... More 

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New York City, New York
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161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This exhibit was timed to coincide with the seventieth anniversary of the Liberation of Paris and displays photographs and films taken in August 1944 by professionals and amateurs alike. Somewhat didactic commentaries are in French,English and German. Many of the pictures are moving and reasonably well displayed if repetitive. Unfortunately the whole show is cramped in a claustrophobic space with... More 

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

I loved this museum. It covers all Paris's history from Neolithic times, through Roman, Merovingian, Middle Ages and every stage of modern history. The ancient artefacts are beautifully displayed, and while the majority of the collection consists of artworks, they illustrate the drama of French history. The galleries are rooms or wings of a 17 th C mansion , the... More 

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Basel, Switzerland
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We mainly visited the Carnavalet for the exhibition "Paris Liberée" which was very interesting. The museum is apparantly for free, one only pays for the exhibitions. The museum would have an interesting collection of rooms from demolished buildings but like 2/3 of the museum is still closed in January 2015. Check the homepage for information if you want to see... More 

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New York City
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015 via mobile

...or intimidating, Paris has a host of smaller museum with interesting collections. The Carnavalet is one of them, and a real treat. Yes, it is a bit of a hodgepodge; but it is quiet. With displays ranging from city models to lesser known impressionists (small 'i', I guess), to Napoleon's traveling kit (eating utensils, drafting pens, toothbrush,among other things) to... More 

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I was expecting a more organized history of the city, which this museum doesn't provide, but it is full of artifacts and objects and art from and about the city. Plus it's free, so you can't beat that. Its exhibits on the Revolution are particularly rich and particularly moving.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

If the weather is cold and if the line is too long at the Picasso Museum, a stop in this museum of the history of Paris is worth an hour or so of time. Though much of the museum is under renovation, the price is good, free. I enjoyed the old Paris shop signs on the first floor and the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Paris has a dizzying array of museums and galleries; there is certainly not a shortage of different museums and galleries for both visitors and residents to frequent. The museum is a historical museum about the history of Paris and is nice to look at. While we didn't plan to see this museum, we were in the area one day and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

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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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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