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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 12, 2015
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Petaluma, California

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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 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 It is part of the National Archives, has some interesting historical documents on display and some wonderful rooms.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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 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 

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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Outstanding Building to visit in itself but we saw an exhibition depicting the extent of French Collaboration with the Nazi occupiers in the 1940s.(not sure when this exhibit ends) Very brave of the French to display all of the documentation and pictorial evidence they have amassed showing the huge extent of this co operation There is an English Language pamphlet... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

There's currently an exhibit detailing France's collaboration with the Nazis during World War II. It was excellent, but be advised that it is 100% in French. My knowledge of the subject plus a somewhat rudimentary knowledge of the French language got me through well enough, however. I don't know how long the exhibit will be there, so make sure to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Went there primarily because it was close to where we were staying in the Marais. This is a very interesting museum with some beautiful architecture, art and national records. A great place for some insight into French history. While we were there we were lucky enough to have a classical music group rehearsing for a performance, it couldn't have been... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Went primarily for the architecture of the Rohan-Soubisse palaces. The are some outstanding examples of Rococo interiors here. The exteriors of the buildings, the courtyard and the gardens are beautiful. I went alone and was the only visitor in the museum section at that time. Definitely "off-the-beaten-track" but rewarding if you are interested in French architecture. The displays from the... More 

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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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