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Musee Carnavalet

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Address: 16 rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 75003 Paris, France
Phone Number: +33 1 44 59 58 58
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Description: The Carnavalet Museum is dedicated to the history of Paris and its...
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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Interesting Museum for French History

This museum offers a great overview of French history and culture and is free with a suggested donation

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This was always one of my favorite museums. The last couple of visits, 60% of the rooms were closed to visitors, including some of the most important exhibitions (French Revolution, Archaeology, Mezzanine, period rooms from the Hotel). They might as well shut the entire museum if most of it is closed. It is an incredible disappointment.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This museum offers a great overview of French history and culture and is free with a suggested donation

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

I always make a point of visiting this museum when I'm in Paris. Today I saw the special exhibition on Napoléon which was great. The building is lovely, the courtyard is nice to sit in and enjoy the atmosphere.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This is a charming hotel focusing on the history of Paris. It boasts a wonderful art collection, an excellent exhibition on the French Revolution, and a Mucha designed Art Nouveau jewelry shop reassembled in the museum.They ask for a 5 Euro donation. I strongly recommend this museum. It's close to the Picasso Museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Not to be missed if you are genuinely interested in French history and all that is Paris. In fact, we opted to skip the usual crowds at other museums and were rewarded with a wonderful and eclectic ensemble of the essence of France. The displays are wonderful and original artwork is exceptionally unique. The only negative comment is that most... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This is a museum with a little bit of many different things. Some exhibits have translations into English, but not all, so may be a bit frustrating for those who are interested but lack the ability to read French. Since the museum is free, there is not reason not to stop in if you are in the Marais - just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

With items from 4600 BC to the present, the Musee Carnavalet is a fascinating museum and the oldest of the municipal museums. Located in two architecturally beautiful townhouses, this museum spans the centuries. We especially liked the decorative elements from bygone eras and complete interior rooms salvaged from destroyed or renovated buildings. There is something for everyone here with a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

For those who love the historical side of Paris the Musee Carnavalet is surely worth a visit.It might not be 100% organised as other museums but who cares when you get to see so many wonderful things in Madame Sevigne's former residence and except for the temporary exhibitions, it's free too!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

The Museum is two connected buildings around a formally landscaped courtyard/ garden. There was a special exhibition about Napoleon, unfortunately this being 200 years since Waterloo but modern Paris is very much his legacy. As for the permanent collection make sure you follow it in order. There are countless wonderful paintings and prints plus decorative arts and interiors. There's a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Great museum in the Marais. You get to "walk" through the history of Paris. From the prehistoric to Art Nouveau.

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