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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
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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The history of Paris form it's early years

Have visited this Musee twice , it is closing in early October for renovations until 2019. There are over a 100 galleries in the Musee, I especially loved the galleries depicting... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Bundanoon, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here last year but it's big and we didn't finish. Unfortunately, most of what we didn't see is closed now for a very long-term remodel. Check their website before going. It's free now since there is not currently much to see. Looking forward to the reopening.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is closed until 2019 for renovation we found after attempting to visit yesterday so we were. Unable to visit We checked their website last week and it did not have any closing information listed at that time

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Bundanoon, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have visited this Musee twice , it is closing in early October for renovations until 2019. There are over a 100 galleries in the Musee, I especially loved the galleries depicting the history of signs that have been displayed around Paris over the centuries. Also has lovely gardens check out the Tuscan kale in the garden, it makes a wonderful... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I really enjoyed this smaller Museum! In fact, it was one of our favourite Museum experiences in ParThe architecture and the history of the small Palace and the items within were well worth the visit. Great, short walk through the Marais to get to the Carnavalet.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Carnavalet is a marvelous place because of its size. Small but complete without the overpower of the Lourve.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Carnavalet Museum tells the history of Paris and is one of the oldest museums in the city. The majestic buildings sit just near Pace des Vosges in the Marais and admission is free. Baron Haussmann, the architect who reshaped Paris in the late 1800's is responsible for the idea of this museum. As buildings were demolished in order to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My favorite museum in Paris,,,small, lovely garden, and interest ion perspective of Paris. Unfortunately it will close Oct. 2nd for renovations for 3 yrs. I believe.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Terrific visit. Be aware though that as of Sept 2016 two floors are closed for renovations. As a result there was not a huge amount to see. The bonus though is that entry was free because of the renovations.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

When we arrived, we were surprised that admission was free, although it says on the board that a regular ticket costs 9 Euros. Soon enough we found out the reason for this: Large parts of the museum are under refurbishment at the moment, for a duration of a couple of years. While this was somewhat disappointing, I would also like... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

We came from the other side of Paris by bus just to see the Mucha installation, when we finally arrived two large rooms on the ground floor were open and two side rooms one in very poor condition with paneling barely hanging on to the wall and the entire of upstairs closed off, asked the lady behind the desk and... More 

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