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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

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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A surprising find

We were delighted that this museum was offering tours in English two days a week this summer. Seeing all of the Merry Go Rounds and other entertainment venues was marvelous... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 24, 2015
Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Tampa, Florida
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If history is your thing, then you will enjoy this free museum. Very eclectic collection of art and history in this building with a garden in the middle.

Thank JennamurskiRN
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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356 reviews
162 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

We were delighted that this museum was offering tours in English two days a week this summer. Seeing all of the Merry Go Rounds and other entertainment venues was marvelous. We had an excellent tour guide.

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Paris, France
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52 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

A place to share with a real magic I had been invited to a convention excels nt w ith a dinner at this place a few years ago, the memory stayed with me was very pleasant. This new visit, more conventional this time, enchanted me. Go with your children, the dream is down the road.

Thank phc170
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

My company rented this amazing place out for the evening and it was by far the best incentive dinner ever. Great sights, beautiful, antique horses and games. Great actors and service. Food was unbelievably good.

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Fontanieres, France
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52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

The Musee des Arts should be on your itinerary when you visit the city of Paris, not so well known as other museums in Paris but do not let that put you off, well worth the effort.

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East Coast, USA
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Saw many fairground relics in working order and were able to play with/be entertained by them. A real delight. Beautiful setting in an old wine storehouse.

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Nelson, New Zealand
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92 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

The concierge at our hotel told us about this museum. What a gem! We opted for the English tour (MUSt reserve, only on certain days/times) and loved the history, old carnival relics and especially the bike carousel we got to ride on. What a blast. This is definitely a museum for all ages. Time goes quickly because this is an... More 

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Thank you Winegirl2 ! Nothing can make us happier than to communicate the joie de vivre of our living objects! Le Musée des Arts Forains More 

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

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

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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