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National Archives in Hotel de Soubise

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

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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

The National Archives is a huge complex of buildings and gardens. What I like most in Paris that gardens are very important part of any building. It gives richness to the urban of the city. Nice building from outside and interior.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

It was kinda neat seeing the huge seals of the big guys in French history. Seeing something signed by Francois I was really cool for me. Also, the few hotel rooms open for perusing were lovely. The man at reception wasn't very happy. And he didn't provide me with a museum guide. There was, however, a friendlier man nearby who... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

Want to see documents with Napoleon's original signature? The declaration documents for the Suez Canal? What a wedding was like in the 1500's? Wander through a prince's palace? And do it all with no crowds anywhere in stunning settings? Don't miss these National Archives. Congratulations to France for allowing the public to view these incredible treasures. You guys sure know... More 

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The Marais is a winding maze of multi-faceted streets that beg to be explored. It bursts with small boutiques, historic buildings, cozy traditional restaurants, and hidden parks. Around each corner, you'll come across little gems of architecture spanning the centuries, from understated medieval towers to classical libraries and 17th century splendor. This neighborhood unites a rich mix of people of all ages, but it's best known for the gay scene mostly in the south and the Jewish community around Rue des Rosiers.