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Musee Carnavalet

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Le Marais
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Address: 16 rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 75003 Paris, France
Phone Number: +33 1 44 59 58 58
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No

The Carnavalet Museum is dedicated to the history of Paris and its...

The Carnavalet Museum is dedicated to the history of Paris and its inhabitants and has collections illustrating the evolution of the city from prehistory through to the present day. A vast array of works of art, relics and models are displayed in 100 or so rooms, showing the capital at various periods in history and evoking intellectual and everyday life. Magnificent restored historical scenery creates an evocative setting for a stroll through the centuries in an enriching, delightful visitor experience.

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Enter and relax into Parisien History

First, I understand the Carnavalet may be closing soon for renovations so check this out before you head over there. Not to be missed - It's a beautiful museum, the building and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Chapel Hill, NC
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I think I misunderstood this museum, as it was described as a museum of the history of Paris. I had expected something like the Museum of London, explaining the evolution of the city. Instead it consists of a series of rooms which from what I can make out have contents which have been moved from an assortment of original homes.... More 

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Chapel Hill, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

First, I understand the Carnavalet may be closing soon for renovations so check this out before you head over there. Not to be missed - It's a beautiful museum, the building and the gardens, the collection, and the staff as well - they are considerate and informative if asked. I wandered the halls for some time. As a lover of... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

While wandering around Le Marais on a Sunday, we walked into this museum. Admission was free. The museum has some interesting pieces but the peaceful garden and fact that it offered a place to quietly hang out and rest was definitely welcomed. Hope I don't screw it up by letting others know about it. It is a secret that tourists... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

So many museums to see in Paris. Carnavalet is at the top of my list (of course after Louvre and Dorsay). Inexpensive, I think certain days are free, not sure about that. Nice gardens

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Really nice and friendly people! Seriously, they made my day. Great place as well. Not the best place for getting to know the history of Paris, tough. More like an expo, mostly pics and deco.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When we visited Musee Carnavalet, my wife and I found that much of the museum was closed for renovation, but also that as as a consequence admission was free. We still found more than enough art and decorative objects to make the visit aesthetically rewarding, and learned more than we expected about the endlessly fascinating history and culture of Paris.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting museum dedicated to French history; as other travelers have noted, it's under extensive renovation for some time. Unfortunately, the section dealing with the Revolution is currently closed. Some cool dioramas of medieval Paris. Looks to be thoughtfully curated; labels, etc. are all in French, so brush up. Free admission while the reno is under way.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a short visit to this museum as it is undergoing some extensive renovations, but what was open was lovely. We viewed furnishings and art depicting the history of Paris, and enjoyed it. A large room of old signs was particularly interesting. Don't miss the garden if the day is nice -- there is restorative work taking place in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you want the see something a little different this is a great museum. It boast 100 rooms of French history, but unfortunately only a few rooms on the first floor are opened. Good for 1/2 hour while in the Maras, but plan to come back in 2019 once the renovations are compete.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A museum documenting the history of Paris - how promising, given Paris' rich history. But the Carnavalet museum failed to deliver. The individual rooms that are open are beautiful, but there is no narrative that links them in time or purpose, beyond some brief text in a brochure we were given as we entered. Much of the museum was closed,... More 

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