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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 #62 of 754 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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Dallas, Texas
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227 reviews 227 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

We had the strangest experience imaginable when we went here. We found the entrance, there were lots of people by the front gate. There were two big guys, similar to linebackers or bouncers, and they were speaking French and we don't so we did not understand. But they were turning everyone away. When it was our turn they said something... More

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Longmont
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is a great museum in the Marais. It gives you a great sense of what it must have been like to live in Paris during the past few hundred years. You are greeted by old shopkeepers signs hanging from the ceiling when you arrive. There are several rooms that belonged to famous Parisians giving you insight that even the... More

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Sydney, Australia
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9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

If you want to be immersed in historical French Interiors, but don't have the time to head to Versailles, the Carnavalet will satisfy. Easy to get to and not very crowded (I was there in winter however…). The gift shop has beautiful books and treasures that reflect the periods displayed in the museum.

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Arizona
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7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I went to this small museum near the Place des Vosges on a whim. It was supposed to have a great selection of art and artifacts from the French Revolution and other uprisings in French history. It does and they are interesting. However, I was lucky to see the special exposition on the liberation of Paris from the Nazis in... More

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Essex
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This had to have been one of the most interesting museums we have visited. The entry level had numerous items including old toys and signs. Then upstairs is the really interesting stuff. The history of the French Revolution in pictures. It's amazing. We didn't do it all because we will go back when we next return to Paris. But I... More

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I have been in Carnavlet 4 times and oh it's such a treasure box. I have been hooked on French history for a long time and the history of Paris well there is never a dull moment. I cannot praise the museum enough, truly marvelous way to spend an afternoon, even if you know very little of the history. It's... More

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Auckland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

First of all, visiting this museum is free, which is always a bonus. I didn't take an audio guide because I read French, but if you can't read the explanations I would go for the audio guide. Like others, if didn't expect to spend a long time here and I spent an entire afternoon. There is SO MUCH to see... More

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Oregon
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is such a beautiful museum. Small, but loaded with wonderful things. No lines, free admission, can be done in a few hours, and close to great cafes in the Marais or Bastille areas. It's a gem.

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Ottawa, Canada
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93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

You don't have to be a museum person to enjoy this wonderful hidden gem. Located on Franc Bourgeois in the Marais district (4th arrondissement), the museum was built in the former private home of a rich family from Brittany. The museum is dedicated to Paris and to preserving anything historical about the city. In the museum, you'll see beautiful rooms... More

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Oakville, Ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

The entry to this museum is free but there is a small 5€ charge for the audio guide which is excellent. It is important to have because all the labels of the artifacts and paintings are in French. The Audio commentary was really good in terms of length and information. We were expecting a more chronological display of the history... More

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