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Musee Carnavalet

16 rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 75003 Paris, France
+33 1 44 59 58 58
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Ranked #66 of 768 Attractions in Paris
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Some reviewers complained about rooms being shut in this museum but there was so much to see and it was so interesting that we could not possibly have seen everything if all the rooms were open. Lots about the history of Paris, lots of art. I particularly loved the art nouveau bits - we could have been in Glasgow!

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Helsinki
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Having visited Paris quite a few times and always too busy visiting the major attractions, this little museum located in two interconnected mansions in Marais was a nice surprise. It doesn't just tell the history of the city but it shows it in exhibits like signs, architecture, decorative features and paintings. Visiting the museum gives you also a good chance... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

But for the photography exhibit, this would not be a place that I would spend a lot of time. However, they always seem to have a top photography exhibit, so check in advance.

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Intervale, New Hampshire, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

Recently spent a couple of weeks in Paris, third visit in as many years so had the time to explore what the city has to offer beyond the obvious (but wonderful) well known Musees. This little free museum was a delight. The courtyard entrance, full of plants and sunlight was a lovely introduction. We saw exhibits on all ages of... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

A lovely spot in the Marais, with free entry to the permanent collection. We had a stroller so could only explore the ground floor and there were no English visitor guides left, so we had no information on what we were looking at but the grand interiors, maquettes and signs were interesting. There are toilets in the basement near the... More

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Gardendale, Alabama
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

If you like to look at alot of unglamorous pictures, this is the place for you. The inside is made hideous from so many pictures being crammed together on most of the walls. I told my daughter that they must have given the lack luster pictures to this museum because no one else wanted them. Aside from that, some of... More

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near Phila.
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Though I have been to Paris often, I visited this museum for the first time this September. I wanted to see the photo exhibit on the Liberation of Paris, in August of 1944. It was splendid, though only a very few of the images were in color ( I think the only color shots were stills from George Stevens 16... More

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Weymouth
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Looking at the other reviews, maybe its just me but I didn't find this Museum informative or particularly interesting. It was just a large collection of objects with almost no explanation, interpretation or analysis. For example, there were some beautiful interiors from old Paris buildings contained within it - for example the ballroom from the Hotel Wagram but no explanation... More

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Newport, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Believe me, I was surprised too. I was in the Marais area shopping for something and felt like taking a break from walking around. I happened to be in front of this museum, which had a modest facade and a single banner advertising an exhibit, so I went in knowing nothing about it. I had a Museum Pass, so nothing... More

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manila, the philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Astounding collection of paintings, statuary, photographs and art objects showing Paris and its people at various times in its storied past, from its start as a place called Lutece occupied by the Parisii tribe to its heyday in the 1800s and its present-day Hausmann-designed landscape. Two old mansions merged to house the museum. Worth the trip.

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