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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 #50 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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Montreal, Canada
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

The right sized museum, not too big with beautiful pieces including paintings, furniture and sculptures. Go in the early afternoon; we barely waited to get in but when we left around 4 there was a huge line to get in. I would recommend the temporary exhibit on early 20th century fashion (9 euros).

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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Firstly it's free so you've nothing to lose by visiting. It's a great building with some fine art works. certain sections were closed whilst we were there which was a bit disappointing as we really wanted to learn about the french revolution. moderately interesting on the whole.

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Ambleside, United Kingdom
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152 reviews 152 reviews
146 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

This is an excellent free museum near the Marais district. The museum highlights the history of Paris, and it's actually quite large.

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Great Falls, Va
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56 reviews 56 reviews
24 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We are staying just down the street from this unimposing museum and dropped in because it is close and free. Not expecting much, the first room was what I expected, but we continued. Wow. The history lesson here is fantastic, I read French fairly well so I enjoyed it immensely. If your French is weak get the audioguide, I think... More

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Arlington, Va
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97 reviews 97 reviews
57 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This museum is small and has some interesting French history. It reminded me of a mini version of the American History or Victoria and Albert museums in the US and Britain. The museum is two adjoining homes that have been combined into one. Because of this the flow is a little off; you have to backtrack to exit some of... More

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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

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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240 reviews 240 reviews
66 attraction reviews
154 helpful votes 154 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
14 reviews 14 reviews
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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230 reviews 230 reviews
191 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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