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Musee Carnavalet

23 Rue de Sevigne, 75003 Paris, France
33 1 44 59 58 58
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As featured in Paris on a budget
Ranked #49 of 691 attractions in Paris
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Type: History Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description: This museum documents the history of Paris from its beginnings through modern times and includes impressive exhibits on Voltaire and Rousseau.
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

This is a comprehensive museum that uses artifacts to tell the history of Paris. Some parts of Parisian history are excellently explained but everything is in French, so it's worth taking an audioguide. A lot of the museum was closed for renovation work, but there were still some great exhibits, ranging from the beautiful (an art nouveau shopfront, a collection... More

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Bishop Auckland, Durham
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66 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

This museum is housed in lovely buildings and has a nice small garden so, as we love museums and have been in many all over the world, we thought we were really going to enjoy this one. We were informed at reception that the museum was free but they had no English audio guides and only the bare details of... More

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Bel Air, Maryland
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

It's proximity to our hotel (Hotel Jeanne d'Arc) led us to this delightful museum. I was so delighted that we found it - it was a museum of Parisian history. Unfortunately a portion of the museum was closed (renovation?), but that didn't detract from our visit at all. The museum is housed in two neighboring houses - okay, mansions. I... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

This museum helps make sense of the complex history of Paris. As with all Paris municipal museums, the permanent collection is free. Wonderful scale models of the historic city, intriguing collection of unique city shop signage. Top floor features French Revolution with models, paintings, all very well done. The gift shop has dozens of great Paris guides in many languages... More

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Boom, Belgium
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170 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

The museum was included in the museum pass, when I arrived nobody was checking the tickets so it would have been free for everybody that didn't bother to buy a ticket (the guy was back by the time I left the museum). The collection is ok, I spend abou 45 min in the museum and that's probably enough for most... More

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

I visited the musee Carnavalet to see the Mucha jewellery shop and was not disappointed, in a free museum there was a rescued Art Deco ball room and lots of fantastic and interesting displays

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

We were totally amazed at the size of the building and the diversity of the permanent exhibition let alone the temporary exhibition on fashion through the centuries which was showing when we were there There is an English audio guide which is essential even if you can decipher the descriptions which are in French as you will want to know... More

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Bratislava, Slovakia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
37 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

This museum is quite chaotic but you get to see many interesting things, from painting that make you wonder why only Renoir is famous, when there were many many more talented painters (if not even more talented) and things like guillotine made ouf of ivory, room of Marcel Proust and many random items. It is located in Marais which is... More

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Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
39 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

The permanent collection refers to the History of Paris, and the museum is beautifully located right in the center of Paris, in the Marais, occupying two beautiful hôtels particuliers. The guided visit is a must, you'll learn all about the history of Paris, and how the city evolved. Moreover, the visit to the permanent collection if free and you don't... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Musée Carnavalet is a somewhat hidden museum in the Marais. No queue, no charge and many interesting things to see. The museum boasts a wonderful collection of paintings, and a reconstruction of Marcel Proust's bedroom. Definitely worth a check, you might find something that interests you and, if not, at least you've been to a museum that is small enough... More

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