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Musee des Arts Forains

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Address: 53 Avenue des Terroirs de France, 75012 Paris, France
Phone Number: +33 1 43 40 16 22
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Pavillons de Bercy-Musée des Arts Forains house one of the largest...

The Pavillons de Bercy-Musée des Arts Forains house one of the largest collections of entertainment and fairground art's objects. They are located in ancient wine warehouses built by a Gustave Eiffel apprentice in the end of the 19th century. Discover the site and its four venues: Théatre du Merveilleux (Thetre of Marvels), Salons Vénitiens (Venetian Rooms), Théâtre de Verdure (Vegetal outdoor area) and the Musée des Arts Forains (Museum àof Fairground Art), all displayed with themes such as Cabinet of curiosities, Venetian carnival, Extraordinary gardens and funfairs of the Belle Epoque (End of the 19th century). This private museum is opende throughout the year, only by apointement in order to experiment the spirit of the place in a lively and participative tour. The guides takes the visitor on an out of time journey, enables them to ride carousels and listen to an automaton show. The Pavillons de Bercy are opened to visit throughout the year only by appointment. And exceptionnally without booking twice a year during the European Heritage Days and Festival du Merveilleux. All the venues can also be rented for private events.

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Historical Fairground Museum

My wife and I, along with our 16 year old Granddaughter recently toured this museum. a very interesting place. The collection is very large and from what we were told is only a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Denton, Texas
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Denton, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My wife and I, along with our 16 year old Granddaughter recently toured this museum. a very interesting place. The collection is very large and from what we were told is only a small portion of the entire collection. The majority of tours are only in French, however there are a limited number of days when the tour is done... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

מקום קסום, כיף ומרשים, והסיור מאוד מהנה ומלמד Magical place, impressive and fun, and the guided tour is great

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had just arrived in Paris with our cases and had a tour booked , they allowed us to put our bags in the office . It is a surreal experience but very fun , a must do when in Paris . You get to ride a 'galloping horse carousel' and pedal around a very old carousel . The best... More 

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As someone interested in this subject this was an obvious place to visit when passing through Paris .This museum has a fine collection of fairground art both continental and from Britain. The tour is presented in an original yet interesting fashion more with illusion in mind than factual content ,this is probably better for the casual visitor. We have little... More 

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New York, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Found by accident just walking by. Unfortuinately all narration in French, but English guide is handed out.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place. Need reservations. Not expensive for two hours of fun. Great for kids. The guides are extraordinarily enthusiastic. They mostly speak French but make an effort to translate some parts into English. Unlike other museums you can touch everything and get to ride all attractions inside. Beautiful!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Set in the old warehouse and wine import district of Bercy, this original museum combines history with a mini amusement park. Come here to see old merry go rounds and other attractions from the 1800s. Good for family fun or for company events with some team building and competition.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I wasn't too keen on going, but my wife read about this place and dragged me along. I'm glad I did. This is a very interesting museum with lots of fairground items like old carousels and so forth. What made it really interesting was the bilingual and very entertaining presentation by the guide. He was very entertaining and funny. We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

you enter into a dream of fairytale, listen to an amusing guide and have the time of your life! suitable for families but also for adults. the glory of the past...

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

This is a first-rate 'niche" museum that focusses on the weird and wonderful are of the carnival and fair ground. The museum is housed in a former wine warehouse, that is scaled perfectly to the collection. Our young, energetic and well-infomred guide was a delight. The displays, in several large rooms, are nostalgic and impressive in their scope. You will... More 

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Nestled between the Seine, Bastille, and Père Lachaise lies a peaceful side of town where wide avenues and impressive buildings accompany green spaces and small parks. Landscaped havens are plentiful, from the Bercy Park to La Coulée Verte and most impressively the Bois de Vincennes, which even contains a medieval castle on its doorstep. For an escape from the masses head to this calming neighborhood where real Parisians make their homes.
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