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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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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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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Proust's Bedroom

This museum was a delight. It is free and not crowed at all. It gives you time to stand back and take in the artifacts. For me it was a thrill to see Marcel Proust's bedroom... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

This museum was a delight. It is free and not crowed at all. It gives you time to stand back and take in the artifacts. For me it was a thrill to see Marcel Proust's bedroom, intact. There were copies of his 'cahiers', original workbooks that he wrote in, on the bedside table.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

If you are on Musee-overload, you might appreciate a visit here. Relatively small and not as crowded as some of the big attractions, it is possible to wander through at a relaxed pace. And of course, it is in the beautiful Marais so you will be able to enjoy an "un-touristy" experience in a neighbourhood cafe before or afterwards! The... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

My wife thinks it's cool that the French don't pander to tourists, but I think it sucks as this is one of the drivers of the city's income. This museum is a good example of this poor attitude: you can get an audio tour but the amount of exhibits it helps you with is negligible. The exhibits all have a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

While walking through the Marais neighborhood on Wed., 6 May, we stopped in this free museum at noon for a quick peek. Loaded with appealing paintings, period furniture, decorative arts and artifacts it is room after room of delights and surprises. Room of fascinating archeological findings of Neolithic and Roman Paris, Art Nouveau rooms, French Revolution, Napoleonic Era, late 19th... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

In the Marais, 4arrondisement I think so good to combine with a trip around the Marais or in combination with the Pompidou Centre. It's near the Picasso Museum, also highly recommended but both in one day could be artefact overload, though easy to do if you want to moved through quickly. A wide range of displays, from furniture and other... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Based in a historic building in the Marais. Free admission for regular part of the museum, charges only for special exhibits (which are optional). All exhibits are explained only in French. Audio guides are available in English, for 5€ but the quality of the presentation is poor. There are too many great museums in Paris to waste your time on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We stumbled across this museum while walking through Le Marais one afternoon. It was excellent, although some knowledge of French is useful. I would recommend a visit to this museum for a more intimate view of the history of Paris. Both my husband and myself would return.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Wow, totally unexpected. Huge collection. 100 rooms. Not crowded. Two beautiful mansions housing the collection. The buildings were works of art. Some interiors of rooms from places in Paris. You could spend the entire day here.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

This is a wonderful museum on its own and the permanent collecction is worth looking into at any time of the year. We had reserved to see this one and it was well worth it as Napoleon is certainly a very interesting character and statesman, who shaped and changed France and Europe possibly for ever, and France for the better.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Lovely museum , i am impressed more by its architectures , doors, windows and its display that the exhibition in it.this is beautiful place and a nice walk in Marais area.

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