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Musee des Arts Forains

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Address: 53 Avenue des Terroirs de France, 75012 Paris, France
Phone Number: +33 1 43 40 16 22
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: The Pavillons de Bercy-Musée des Arts Forains house one of the largest...
The Pavillons de Bercy-Musée des Arts Forains house one of the largest collections of entertainment and fairground art's objects. They are located in ancient wine warehouses built by a Gustave Eiffel apprentice in the end of the 19th century. Discover the site and its four venues: Théatre du Merveilleux (Thetre of Marvels), Salons Vénitiens (Venetian Rooms), Théâtre de Verdure (Vegetal outdoor area) and the Musée des Arts Forains (Museum àof Fairground Art), all displayed with themes such as Cabinet of curiosities, Venetian carnival, Extraordinary gardens and funfairs of the Belle Epoque (End of the 19th century). This private museum is opende throughout the year, only by apointement in order to experiment the spirit of the place in a lively and participative tour. The guides takes the visitor on an out of time journey, enables them to ride carousels and listen to an automaton show. The Pavillons de Bercy are opened to visit throughout the year only by appointment. And exceptionnally without booking twice a year during the European Heritage Days and Festival du Merveilleux. All the venues can also be rented for private events.
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the best myseum in my life

i LOVED it! for me this museum was the best, i love carnival isea in general so it was something like a little dream to wisit place like this =)

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg City, Russia

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Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg City, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

i LOVED it! for me this museum was the best, i love carnival isea in general so it was something like a little dream to wisit place like this =)

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Carrbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Excellent tour of old fairground rides and stalls. Good experinced guide made it very interesting. We got to ride the carousel and a bike ride, and try some fairground games.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This is a hidden gem. MUST advance book, English tour on Monday. Allow 2 hrs for your visit. No gift shop or cafe just toilets! You will find this a magical visit letting you touch and ride on some amazing fairground artefacts and rides. The guide was informative but entertaining. Suitable for all ages. It's a private collection and felt... More 

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

A combination of a museum and a fun fair! Created by Mr.Favand, you can of course admire his private collection but also jump in one of the oldest carousels,amongst 16 other amusement rides, the theatre of marvels,the Venetian lounge and the fairground art museum. After spending more than 4 hours of fun, we walked out and went to visit the... More 

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Tromso, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

As the title says this is a hidden little treasure in the middle of paris. We went here as a couple, so it's not only for children, adults will have as much a great experience. This is a guided tour trough old carnival attractions, you get too try them out, and the history behind them are explained. Our guide was... More 

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Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

I got to this place following a suggestion of a weekend magazine. They only offer guided visits which you book online, which made me hesitate a bit, still me and my girlfriend went for it. I was really amazed! Ot is a different type of museum, one dedicated to the arts of entertainment, and especially those that used to be... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I found out about this place after looking into the settings of Woody Allen's 'Midnight in Paris'. I had been to Bercy Village before, but this place had not registered as being a place that really was a 'must see'. Well, it is. From the moment that you walk in and see the courtyard area you are transfixed, and it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

This place redefines museums! It is a trip back in time to experience a carnival over a hundred years ago. Absolutely magical!! By far, the best experience I've had on my trip so far. Our guide, Marine, was wonderful! She did a beautiful job of truly capturing the essence of the collection, its stories and the magic. We laughed, played... More 

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Twickenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Guaranteed to put a smile on your face! I had read that this was a great place to visit. I booked the private French tour and was ready to polish off my French skills. The main tours are in French (looks like they have English tours, but these were on the wrong days for me) but there are some notes... More 

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Outside it looks like a museum, inside is so different than you could have in mind. It's charming, interesting decoration and some ride for kids. It's a must to do in the area.

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Nestled between the Seine, Bastille, and Père Lachaise lies a peaceful side of town where wide avenues and impressive buildings accompany green spaces and small parks. Landscaped havens are plentiful, from the Bercy Park to La Coulée Verte and most impressively the Bois de Vincennes, which even contains a medieval castle on its doorstep. For an escape from the masses head to this calming neighborhood where real Parisians make their homes.
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