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Musee des Arts Forains

53 Avenue des Terroirs de France, 75012 Paris, France
+33 1 43 40 16 22
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Ranked #38 of 765 Attractions in Paris
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Discover the different world of the Musee des Arts Forains through friendly and lively guided tours!Experience the fair as it was in the 19th... more » Owner description: Discover the different world of the Musee des Arts Forains through friendly and lively guided tours!Experience the fair as it was in the 19th century, during La Belle Epoque. A few carousels, attractions and shows are accessible during the tour. Count about 2 hours for a tour.This museum is private but can be visited anytime in the year on appointment.Tours are mostly in french but ask for a description of the place in english.Book your tickets directly on the website or call directly (english spoken) and the dates of the next tours will be given to you. All the venues can also be rented for private events. A Festival is organised every year during the Christmas holidays. « less
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El Cerrito
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Reservations required for this wonderful 2 hour tour. Our guide was wonderfully animated singing and dancing his way through several warehouses containing a mere 2% of the owners carnival collection. They rotate the exhibits so you never know what you'll see. Highlights for our visit included a human powered bicycle carousel and a Venetian Opera performed by life sized automatons.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

This time we did the guided tour, we all spoke no french, but the tour guide was so fantastic, it didn't matter. She really created a sense of atmosphere with her language. We got to go on a lot of the rides a few times until everyone had had a go. The tour lasted about two hours. We just called... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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24 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I love carnival equipment and games. Carousels, mirrors, clowns, in old wine warehouse, cobble stone street with train tracks in between warehouses. We had a corporate event here. It was done up very nicely. We had a lot of fun.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014 via mobile

Don't miss this! Like being lost inside a dream. It took some planning and reservations, but so worth it. My Parisian friends had never heard of it before I dragged them here.

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Burford, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

A quick telephone call booked our places in a public group for a two hour Saturday visit commencing at 1pm (the other option was to start at 3pm) i.e. no payment needed at that stage. The actual tickets which cost 14 euros for adults were bought on arrival but beware there are no facilities for credit cards because "this is... More

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Brisbane
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53 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

We visited on the 26th December when the museum was open to the public. It was a treasure trove of old carnival attractions, rides and whimsical objects. There were live performances and a good variety of food. We had French onion soup served from a huge pot over an open flame. The food was very reasonably priced. We rode on... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

This museum is only open for a couple of weeks over Christmas. It’s located in Bercy, easy to get to by subway. The museum contains a variety of objects dating between 1850-1950, including merry-go-rounds and carousels, German swings, hundred-year-old bicycles, Japanese billiards, a Parisian Waiter Race and a Hooghuys Organ. The antique carousel, pedal-powered by the riders, was the highlight... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

We went all the way to Bercy village to find this museum dedicated to fairground arts only to find it was closed. Very misleading notices pointing to entrance and admission prices, but then other notices say "Private Museum, open only by appointment"

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USA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

This is a place that is only open to pre-arranged group tours, EXCEPT Dec 26-Jan 6 when it is open to the public. Beautiful, lovingly restored vintage carnival rides...some from 1861...and patrons can jump on and take a ride. There were jugglers and acrobats...music...hot wine and crepes...I have been to Paris 30 times and this place was the highlight. If... More

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Bowie, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

The Musée des Arts Forains is a one of a kind museum of carnival attractions of yesteryear. It includes games and carnival rides that you can actually go on and games that can be played. There are also exhibits featuring a play of lights on canvass that are extraordinary. It is a must see for kids from 1 to 99!

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