Musee Carnavalet - Histoire de Paris

Musee Carnavalet - Histoire de Paris

Musee Carnavalet - Histoire de Paris
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • NYRickWeber
    New York City, New York188 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best FREE museum you'll ever go to.
    I bought Rick Steeve's guide to Paris. He put a small mention at the bottom of a page about this Museum. It was near our hotel so we thought we would give it a try. WOW, Rick was right. The museum just finished a big renovation. It's vey handicapp accessible. Rick said to go to the top floor end of the hall and then work our way down. He was so right. There was SO much info and artifacts, we needed a break about 3/4 of the way through. Im handicapp and the staff were very helpful to me and make sure I had all that I needed to see all of the exhibits.. Go, you'll be glad you did. Oh and it's FREE!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 19, 2023
  • Gil L
    405 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden gem!
    Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area - a bonus that it is free! Provides an amazing look at the history of Paris with great descriptions and tons of artifacts. Also there are multiple interactive exhibits which made the museum much more interesting for my teen boys. Be sure to also take the time to visit the courtyard - beautiful landscaping and such a peaceful place in the middle of Paris! We had another commitment later in the day so we couldn't stay as long as we would like, but this museum is definitely on my list to return to the next time we are in Paris!
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 21, 2023
  • Chgo_biz_trvler
    30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great warehouse of French history from ancient to modern times -- FREE and English
    Comprehensive FREE museum (with English signage) covering French history from pre-Roman times to the late 20th century. And in an incredible mansion. A true history buff could easily spend hours there. Lovely cafe in the courtyard.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 1, 2023
  • soinic
    2,509 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superb museum to visit for free 🤗
    In the Marais you'll find this outstanding museum about "histoire de Paris". The museum reopened 2021 after great renovation. Not only boring stuff, but extraordinary artefacts remembering daily life in Paris a long time ago. Very nice shop fronts/devantures for example. Normally I like to bring home in my ❤ one special item as souvenir from each museum, here it was the "trunk and personal belongings of the very young!!! Dauphine Marie-Antoinette" ! Café Fabula in the courtyard, premium location but no service and overpriced 🥴. Musée Carnavalet wasn't overcrowded and no entrance fee. Really great "palais"/mansion with exceptional history to enjoy quality time 🌞
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
  • SteelMaggie
    Raleigh, North Carolina61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History of Paris in the palm of your hand
    Musee Carnavalet was our first stop to introduce the teens to Paris. This museum is one of my favorites as the exhibits are lovely bite sized morsels of the centuries of Paris history. It is very accessible, you walk in, free of charge and so many treasures are simply right in front of you. There is a sweet courtyard restaurant around the corner which we will try next time. Don't miss Carnavalet if you like history and knowing what you are looking while visiting Paris.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 23, 2023
  • Traveler O
    Washington DC, District of Columbia1,184 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding History of Paris
    Recently reopened after a few years of renovations, this is easily one of the best museums in Paris - a must see for history buffs and those interested in the history of Paris itself. The exhibitions take you from Paris' pre-Roman roots to the present with multiple levels of displays covering a fascinating history. The buildings housing the displays are of significance as well, so take your time and enjoy. Entry is free, but it tends to get crowded during the high season and on weekends.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 24, 2023
  • gregsf11
    San Francisco, California831 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Surprisingly amazing museum
    Museum of the history of Paris. I allocated 1.5 hours. Do yourself a favor and don't limit it. There's so much here. I learned a lot about the French revolution, and feel like I can now make sense of it. The art nouveau section was great -even more photogenic than the in the Orsay. By that time I was running out of time. I'd go back again, especially since it's free.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 19, 2023
  • Marion F
    New York City, New York298 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    History of the world in Paris
    I didnt expect a lot from here, i thought it jus something free to do, boy was i wrong. If you have to choose just a handful of the dozens of museums, free and paid the Paris has make sure this is one of them. The history of the world is traced inside this one museum as it unfolded in what is now Paris. From acient rome artifacts, to medieval tapestres to the rise and fall of their monarchy, you can take a trip through the history of Paris from inception to the 21st century
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 12, 2023
  • Lydia K
    Boston, Massachusetts57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating Museum
    We were staying in a lovely little hotel a few corners away (Villa Beaumarchais) and just happened to be walking by. We decided to take a look and ended up spending almost 4 hours veiwing the exhibits spanning multiple floors of this gorgeous former private mansion. We could have stayed even longer (but you can probably go through quicker than we did and still learn a lot). The history of Paris is well presented: maps, scale model displays, artifacts, art, interesting descriptions. Very much worth a visit.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 27, 2023
  • MacPereiras
    24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must
    Totally recommended. The best way to begin to understand Paris before you see it. There are many extraordinary rooms from seventeenth and eighteenth century houses that help one feel what was once inside these ancient buildings. The craftsmanship in the carved, painted and decorated walls was what I liked most. It also takes you on a powerful and not too long journey through the revolution (although I’ll never quite understand it and all its factions).
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 25, 2024
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Céline I
Paris, France53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Visited after the renovation. The museum is BIG! And very complete. I really love the fact that it has a large variety of things to see and not only paintings or statues. Instead, it has loads of small models of building, a very nice entry hall with shop signboards and they rebuilt a lot of old Parisian shops to give you the real experience of Paris throughout the years.

I do recommend doing the museum two times, as it's a bit overwhelming to see everything all at once.
Written July 17, 2021
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Traveler O
Washington DC, DC1,184 contributions
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Aug 2023 • Family
Recently reopened after a few years of renovations, this is easily one of the best museums in Paris - a must see for history buffs and those interested in the history of Paris itself. The exhibitions take you from Paris' pre-Roman roots to the present with multiple levels of displays covering a fascinating history. The buildings housing the displays are of significance as well, so take your time and enjoy. Entry is free, but it tends to get crowded during the high season and on weekends.
Written September 24, 2023
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afinetraveler
Washington DC, DC989 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
This is a nice museum, which is housed in a beautiful building and offers some wonderful exhibits on the history of Paris. The exhibits are arranged chronologically and I especially enjoyed those relating to the French Revolution. There is no cost to view the museum’s permanent collection, but tickets do need to be purchased to see the special exhibits.
Written November 11, 2022
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peridot
Paris, France1,081 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Paris has finally discovered vegetarian cuisine after the covid pandemic and the level is improving every day. If you found yourself in Marais, the top place is here in the garden of the former nobles’ mansion: ‘Jardin d’Olympe’ specializing in vegetarian meals by three star chefs of France. It is a new place, but that is a good sign in green cuisine in Paris because the French were not interested in going green before Covid. Those very few old establishments did not face any competition and got away with serving mediocre food which also delayed the improvement of green eating in Paris. The price of this garden restaurant is good considering the location. Those old mediocre establishments would charge just as much, if not more.
Written June 16, 2021
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William G
Silver Spring, MD23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
We went specifically to see the exhibition of photography by Henri Cartier-Bresson. The museum has only recently re-opened, and we were thrilled to see quite a large selection of HCB's work. Several short videos of the photographer completed the visit. The explicative texts about the photographs were helpful - neither too long nor too short.
Written September 6, 2021
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Piero C
Annapolis, MD615 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Like so many museums in Paris, you need 4 hours to do this place justice. The fascination of a visit comes not from the details of Parisian history, but from the ramshackle miscellany of the curation, which is a source of both humor and awe. You will leave the building with the renewed impression that French history, like all the risible deeds men have meant to be heroic, were crafted by a vengeful Lord. One caveat: no air conditioning at all.
Written July 5, 2022
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MILOUW
New York City, NY1,366 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
The Carnavalet Museum underwent extensive renovations during the past few years.
The results are a mixed bag, the history of Paris which is the purpose of the Museum can be seen chronologically and it appears that the prehistoric and medieval periods have been given a short shrift.
Obviously the Museum has very large collections and can only put on display a small portion but many interesting items are now missing.
As in the past the Museum is a bit of a maze due to the configuration of the buildings, interactive displays have been added but the signage itself leaves a lot to be desired with small hard to read explanations positioned very low and forcing the visitors to crouch to attempt to decipher them.
Adding a restaurant draws crowds but is one more example of the commercializing of what used to be a quaint, charming and somewhat overlooked museum in Paris.
Written September 23, 2021
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ksarman
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar8,624 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
after an full renovation and new display it s a pleasure to discover the building and the collection inside
noted that the permanent one is free , the temporary one is charged
on sunny day you can enjoy the courtyard and the beautiful garden , with a nice restaurant.
you ll discover the Lights s city history ...fantastic
there is many spaces that show how looked like the Parisian lifestyle
love it
Written September 8, 2021
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Kjinnyc
New York City, NY67 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
This museum needs to get with the program. It is hardly a history of Paris, aside from telling you which monarch built which building (the post-revolutionary period was closed the day we went): it contains no social history, nothing about anyone who wasn’t a monarch or a member of the nobility at all. If you’re looking to understand how Paris became Paris, you won’t find that here.
Written December 21, 2022
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Artemis C
58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The Musée Carnavalet has recently re-opened, after many years of restoration - and it's an asonishing acheivement. The museum is free and takes you though the whole history of Paris, from the earliest settlements right up to the present day. As well as paintings, photos and posters, there are a wealth of objects and furniture, and whole rooms decorated in every style from the 16th century to Art Nouveau. Pariticularly intriguing are the galleries devoted to the French Revolution: you can hear the popular songs of the time, see the furniture used by Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette when they were in prison, and don't miss the gruesome guillotine-shaped earings. It's also very interactive, so a great place to take curious kids.
Written November 23, 2022
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