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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

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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The museum is housed in magnificent old hotels particuleur in the midst of the Marais and houses a very interesting collection which follows the history of Paris from the Bronze... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The museum is housed in magnificent old hotels particuleur in the midst of the Marais and houses a very interesting collection which follows the history of Paris from the Bronze Age. There is a concentration on the period of the French revolution. All items are well displayed and there are some particularly fine paintings.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow, how did we miss this charming museum of Paris history in the past 10 years? We took a cab to Marais where the museum is located in two beautiful mansions. Audio guides are available, but we enjoyed it on our own. Displays of business signs, and models of the city during different centuries were fascinating. The room with the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Carnavalet Museum in Paris is dedicated to the history of the city. Inside the museum, the exhibits show the transformation of the village of Lutèce, which was inhabited by the Parisii tribes,[4] to the grand city of today with a population of 2,201,578. I adored the garden!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we very much enjoyed seeing the exhibit on the French Revolution at this lesser known museum. A must-see if you are interested in the history of France.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the last museum that we visited on our 9 day stay in Paris and were glad to finish our visit to Paris on such a high note. This museum is all about France's history and is extremely interesting and has a ton of beautiful artwork and information. We had been to so many attractions during our stay in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Musee Carnavalet is about the history of Paris. Models of Paris over the years explain how it has been changed and rebuilt. Artwork featuring Paris life is on the wall. Collections of items which represent the history of Paris are numerous. We enjoyed our visit a lot. If you have a working familiarity of French history, a 2 hour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love the building architecture soooo much specially the glass pass between the 2 building . Can stay there hours and enjoy the view of the garden and the light s from this passerel .i enjoyed more the whole building then the actual exhibition .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The collection is indeed very eclectic, with memorabilia of the French Revolution, paintings, sculptures, beautifully decorated rooms, murals, etc. You have more than enough for a whole morning or afternoon. It would be a major art museum, but since it is located in Paris, it is lesser known. On the downside, you need to know some french in order to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not far from the Place des Vosges, this idiosyncratic and charming museum is well worth a visit. The collection includes room settings (and a complete stone staircase) rescued from other locations, a beautiful art nouveau jeweller's shop front and interior, some excellent paintings of 19th and early 20th century French society, Proust's writing desk and much more besides. It's also... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

everyone goes to, and queues for, the Musee Picasso but Carnavalet is just up the road and is more fascinating for me because of the breadth of its view, from street and shop signs, models of Paris districts long-cleared-away, to paintings of people and places that bring the Paris of yesteryear to life. In addition, you see the works of... More 

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