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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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Truly magical and entertaining experience

Found this place in a list of 'cool things to do in Paris' and it certainly lived up to it. What a find, it's amazing!!! The collection is out of this world, really beautiful, and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

Found this place in a list of 'cool things to do in Paris' and it certainly lived up to it. What a find, it's amazing!!! The collection is out of this world, really beautiful, and the guy who took our English tour round had us all captivated from the start really bringing the pieces alive whilst gently teaching us about... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The Musee des Arts Forains is by appointment tours only but the tickets are very easy to purchase online. It was almost more of a performance than a tour and although we took the French language tour, the guide/performer was very gracious in including us (about a 1/4 of the group didn't really speak French but it worked out fine... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

My tour was in French and I don't speak it ( not in Paris on the English speaking days ) but it didn't matter. The guide was very attentive to those of us that couldn't speak French and we had an English print out that was very informative. The place is beautiful and we had fun on all the interactive... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

They offer a few tours in English throughout the week, during the summer. Take the opportunity to visit this place! There is an amazing collection of old fairground and carnival pieces and a few carousels to ride and games to play as well. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable of the history of these pieces and very friendly. You must... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

This private museum must be booked in advance, and takes approximately 2 hours to complete a tour. Tours are in French, but some English tours can also be booked. The exhibits of old fairground attractions are delightful, and our guide was full of energy and enthusiasm. Adults and children enjoy taking part in the Arabian derby and carousel rides. Although... More 

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London, United Kingdom
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

We came here for the tour we visited the place with a group of 20 people. The tour was in french but the tour guide tried to make you feel welcomed and included so that's a plus. We were able to go on quite a few rides. About the museum itself everything felt so magical and vintage.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

This place was fantastic! Literally. Like falling down the rabbit hole into wonderland. Understand though, you can't just walk up. You go to the website and buy the tickets on line ahead of time and print them off. But that's partly why its great, not overcrowded. And yes, the tour is all in French; but they do have a handout... More 

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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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Address: 53 Avenue des Terroirs de France, 75012 Paris, France
Phone Number: +33 1 43 40 16 22
Location: Europe  >  France  >  Ile-de-France  >  Paris>  > Bercy / Nation
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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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