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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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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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Lovely museum on Paris History in the Marais

This is a charming museum in the Marais. It was previously the home of Madame Sevigne. Built in 1548 and now owned by the City of Paris, it has over a hundred rooms and several... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

This is a charming museum in the Marais. It was previously the home of Madame Sevigne. Built in 1548 and now owned by the City of Paris, it has over a hundred rooms and several splendid formal gardens. It is devoted to the history of Paris and rooms are arranged by historical periods. There is a wonderful exhibit of street... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

This museum had been recommended to me but we found it quite confusing. There is not supposed to be an entry charge but a donation of five euros is recommended. There was a charge of 9 euros to see the Napoleon exhibition - i think this would be worth it if you are particularly interested in Napoleon. The rest of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This is a nice museum but this is the second time we have visited and they close the rooms unannounced - you would think that they would tell you when you entered that you should go to the rooms that will close imminently first. If we had know this we would have organized our visit differently.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

If you are not proficient in French you have a problem since all the labels are in French. I secured an English audio guide for my friend and before halfway through had to return it twice (2) because of battery problems, then we gave up and I translated. The notices for when to use the guide are also very small... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

An extensive collection, centred on 19th century art and Paris. Some excellent works, well presented, although not always the easiest to find your way around. Relatively quiet compared with some of the bigger museums, but well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

This museum is really one of the most exciting in Paris. Located in Le Marais, area where many stores are open on Sunday, it is the perfect visit if you want to escape shopping. The museum is about the history of Paris, among the centuries. You will see decorative arts, paintings, the ropm of Marcel Proust and the ballroom of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Very fine collection of portraiture and local Parisian art. The floor dedicated to the history of the French Revolution is excellence if a bit leftist in its historical interpretation of the events. The galleries dedicated to the pre-Roman period are also excellent and fascinating. This is a hidden jewel.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This was by far my favorite museum to visit, because the collection was contextualized. It is not simply a display of paintings and objects. Not all the signs are translated to English, but the staff speaks the language. There are audioguides in Spanish, French and English.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

A museum of the city of Paris, in a very interesting district, with free admission. You can't go wrong by visiting here!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

There are a lot of great "hotels" in this district, and one of them is the house of Musee Carnavalet. This is a history museum , you can learn the story of Paris from the very beginning to the WW. I. The French Revolution part is very interesting.

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Address: 16 rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 75003 Paris, France
Phone Number: +33 1 44 59 58 58
Location: Europe  >  France  >  Ile-de-France  >  Paris>  > Le Marais
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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