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National Archives in Hotel de Soubise

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Address: 60 rue des Francs-Bourgeois | Le Marais, 75003 Paris, France
Phone Number: 01-40-27-60-96
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Hidden marvel in the Marais

Hidden in the Marais is the French National Archive set in the Hotel de Soubise which is a beautiful old building with the original rooms and decor open to view. At present there... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Cambridge, UK

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Cambridge, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hidden in the Marais is the French National Archive set in the Hotel de Soubise which is a beautiful old building with the original rooms and decor open to view. At present there is a very well presented exhibition about The Secret State. This costs 6 euro and is well worth a visit.

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Bel Air, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

We fell upon this and were blown away, the courtyard was just beautiful to sit and relax in, Perfect place to sit and eat a sandwich or croissant and enjoy the view. The garden attached to it equally as amazing.. no one was really there .. we pretended it was our home and we were just enjoying the courtyard..

Thank Gloria C
Victoria, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

This lovely is mansion presently being restored to one of most beautiful buildings in Paris. It does house historical documents, making it a treasure house for anybody looking for archival material of the period The real joy of the building are the bedrooms on the second floor. The exterior of the buildings and the grounds are impressive.

1 Thank Freddie754
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

The Hôtel de Soubise in the Marais houses the Salon du Prince, which is on the ground floor and is worth seeing, even if it's in rather desperate need of a considerable amount of renovation work. But ascend the grand staircase and you'll come to the Salon de la Princesse, a Rococo masterpiece that is one of the most beautiful... More 

3 Thank savvyworldtraveler
Petaluma, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

If you do not see enough teeth (I.E. Smiles) aimed at you in Paris because you are a tourist go here! Smiles galore from the French. They assume you are French or truly appreciative of their history since this is not on most touristy agendas. It should be! Especially touching to see such documents as Marie Antoinettes last letter written... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

In the Marais, the Hotel Soubise is an attractive mansion set in some lovely gardens and away from the maddening crowd. It is part of the National Archives, has some interesting historical documents on display and some wonderful rooms. Definitely worth visiting.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

The National Archives were established around the time of the French Revolution, they preserve the National documents and is housed in a beautiful mansion called Hotel de Soubise. It was Easter in Paris when we were there this year, we had never seen Paris so crowded, the National Archives was our refuge from the masses. The Hotel was on our... More 

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Gisborne, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

I stumbled across this gorgeous wee place getting lost around the marais. Beautiful architecture and the grounds are amazing too. The displays are thoughtful. The only letdown is that all the descriptions are in French so for me it was just a case of wandering around and admiring everything and using google to help understand some things!

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

For lovers of French history, and beautiful baroque architecture, the Hôtel de Soubise is a must see! I visited several times alone, as I was staying in the area, and loved to explore the Marais. The private apartments on display in the Museum, are sumptuous, and seemingly little changed, since the 18th century. The archives are display some incredible documents,... More 

1 Thank Michael E
Orlando, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

This was a great opportunity to see the beautiful apartments and archival highlights for free during the free museum night. The exterior was lit beautifully. There are about 10 rooms you can visit inside that were previously living quarters for aristocracy. And there are a couple of exhibits with artifacts such as the last will and testament of Napoleon.

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