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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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Beautiful building!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Not just the art work nor the records .... if you never went inside one can enjoy the interlocking gardens, designed by the famed Louis Benech, which honor each building and at times give one a sense of being in secret gardens in Paris

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

On a sunny day, a surprise with a piano concert in the yard of this magnificent old family private palace. The concert started with a lecture of the history of the palace owned by two rich families at different periods. Look for summer concerts as they are scheduled every week. Come half an hour earlier to get a seat as... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Open on Monday,when much else is closed,a visit to The National Archives starts with crossing a vast courtyard,climbing a grand staircase and moving thru enormous rooms. Finally enter the place where facsimiles of such manuscript treasures as LouisXIV's and Marie Antoinette 's letters. A document signed with Charlemagne's complex cipher. Napoleon's papers. But most of all breathe in the aroma.... More 

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