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Musee des Arts Forains

Address: 53 Avenue des Terroirs de France, 75012 Paris, France
Phone Number: +33 1 43 40 16 22
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Ranked #38 of 624 Attractions 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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Paris, France
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44 reviews 44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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
18 helpful votes 18 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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16 reviews 16 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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72 reviews 72 reviews
18 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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
33 helpful votes 33 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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El Cerrito
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Reservations required for this wonderful 2 hour tour. Our guide was wonderfully animated singing and dancing his way through several warehouses containing a mere 2% of the owners carnival collection. They rotate the exhibits so you never know what you'll see. Highlights for our visit included a human powered bicycle carousel and a Venetian Opera performed by life sized automatons.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

This time we did the guided tour, we all spoke no french, but the tour guide was so fantastic, it didn't matter. She really created a sense of atmosphere with her language. We got to go on a lot of the rides a few times until everyone had had a go. The tour lasted about two hours. We just called... More 

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