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Musee des Arts Forains

53 Avenue des Terroirs de France, 75012 Paris, France
+33 1 43 40 16 22
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Ranked #36 of 634 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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Farmingdale, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

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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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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14 reviews 14 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
43 helpful votes 43 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
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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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Richmond, Virginia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
28 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I love carnival equipment and games. Carousels, mirrors, clowns, in old wine warehouse, cobble stone street with train tracks in between warehouses. We had a corporate event here. It was done up very nicely. We had a lot of fun.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014 via mobile

Don't miss this! Like being lost inside a dream. It took some planning and reservations, but so worth it. My Parisian friends had never heard of it before I dragged them here.

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Burford, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

A quick telephone call booked our places in a public group for a two hour Saturday visit commencing at 1pm (the other option was to start at 3pm) i.e. no payment needed at that stage. The actual tickets which cost 14 euros for adults were bought on arrival but beware there are no facilities for credit cards because "this is... More 

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