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Musee des Arts Forains

Address: 53 Avenue des Terroirs de France, 75012 Paris, France (Bercy / Nation)
Phone Number: +33 1 43 40 16 22
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Ranked #74 of 1,105 things to do in Paris
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art museums, 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...
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Type: Art museums, 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 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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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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toronto
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116 reviews 116 reviews
39 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
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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45 reviews 45 reviews
11 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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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Miami Platja, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

What a wonderful place! I came across this while looking on TripAdvisor and thought I'd see what it was about, I'm so glad I went! It's quirky nature and interesting pieces of art were wonderful, and there was so much to take part in, magician shows, carousels, a hall of mirrors, or you could brave the cold and watch the... More 

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Paris, France
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

First, allow me to say that the objects contained in this museum are fascinating, and I'm glad I had the chance to see them. HOWEVER, I attended during the two week period when this museum is open to the public, and that was a horrible idea. First, it was ridiculously crowded. Secondly, you can arrive early and line up, but... More 

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Farmingdale, New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

I am so glad that we were able to fit this in on our last trip to Paris. I came across this gem through a traveling blog and was just completely fascinated by this place. Musee des Arts Forains is both unusual and beautiful/peculiar and fun! Like all of the other comments have stated, the tour is only done in... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

This museum is only open to the pubic 10 days per year, otherwise you have to book for a private tour but seriously, if you are coming to Paris this is a must see. The tours are only done in French, but don't let that stop you, the groups are small and the all singing all dancing guide will have... More 

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Seattle, WA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I thought this private museum (you need to make reservations online in advance) was just going to be a quirky, silly thing to do, but it ended up being one of my favorite stops in Paris. It's situated in old, interesting buildings with a beautiful courtyard and the displays are extremely well done. The two-hour tour is in French, but... More 

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Ireland
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71 reviews 71 reviews
18 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

I'd been wanting to visit for a few years now, and so was pleased that you can now book tickets online via the Musee official website Excellent visit - though there are no English speaking tours, but no matter - you're given a printed doc detailing most of the info in English, and the rest is easily gleaned from the... More 

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Livonia, Michigan
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We don't have children, but love old time carnival, and this place was heaven. They have a huge collection of carousel horses (and full, operational carousels, including one that the riders pedal, that goes FAST). Everywhere you look there are more figures and things to see, as well as wandering entertainers, old carnival games, shows and more. We were lucky... More 

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