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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: 2-3 hours
Description: Discover the different world of the Musee des Arts Forains through...
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.
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a very interesting visit

The museum presents a collection of rides, fun shops and attractions restored and sets of historical works through 1522 independent works from one of the largest collections of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The museum presents a collection of rides, fun shops and attractions restored and sets of historical works through 1522 independent works from one of the largest collections of fairground arts in the world.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

By far the coolest thing we did in Paris. This museum is so much fun, they have lots of antique carnival rides and games, some of which you get to ride on and play. Our tourguide was hilarious. The tour is in French, but if you are not comfortable in the language, they give you a handout in English that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Myself and my boyfriend visited on our 3 day trip to Paris, we were looking for something fun and a little different..We got it! The funfair museum was magical with friendly staff who were passionate about their job and could answer any questions put to them. We had a lovely time and have recommended to all of our friends who... More 

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Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

My twenty-one year old daughter and I happened upon this unusual place on line, and I'm glad she had the presence of mind to do a little research on its unusual opening times and procedures. We ended up taking a guided tour in the late afternoon on Easter Sunday. The tour was clearly organized for children and included a lot... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Let your imagination run wild as you turn back time to the early 1900's and ride on ornate vintage merry-go-rounds, watch strange automatons singing opera and much more besides! Surreal yet interactive this is a unique and unforgettable experience on many levels. Go there!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Whilst the tour was in French, our tour guide was fluent in English and more than happy to answer any questions we had. We were also given a paper guide in English. A nice museum that was one of the highlights of the trip. I loved how interactive it was and how you could actually play the fairground games and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Great museum in Bercy village - featuring an extraordinary collection of fairground memorabilia. Tour was in French and very amusing - highly recommended!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Having visited Paris dozens of times over the past 30 years I thought I had a pretty good idea where all of the hightlighs were, I was wrong. Le Musee des Arts Fourains is so unusual, so well crafted and so entirely Parisien, that it has become a must see event for me for all future visits. That it has... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Went to visit in the summer of 2013. It's only open a few days a week and you must book in advance. Luckily I had enough French under my belt to call from Canada and booked (I hoped) two tickets on a certain day (is Lundi Monday or Wednesday?) to be picked up at the ticket counter when we arrived... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

My family and I took advantage of their holiday open house since all other times through the year it's reserved for groups or events. You have to see the inside! It brings out the kid in all of us. It's an epic experience. I knew about this place for two years and tried to get groups together. It's not always... More 

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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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