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National Archives in Hotel de Soubise

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Address: 60 rue des Francs-Bourgeois | Le Marais, 75003 Paris, France
Phone Number: 01-40-27-60-96
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Three in one visit

One of the few museums open on a Monday, I spent hours enjoying three distinct aspects: an unusual temporary exhibition about explorers, beautifully decorated eighteenth century... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2016
Llantwit Major, United Kingdom
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Llantwit Major, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

One of the few museums open on a Monday, I spent hours enjoying three distinct aspects: an unusual temporary exhibition about explorers, beautifully decorated eighteenth century rooms, and a display of 110 documents illustrating the rich contents of the archives. Arriving soon after opening, I had the place to myself on a wet Monday morning. Very pleased to read that... More 

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

We were headed for the Musee Carnavalet only to find it closed (Monday), so we went to the nearby Archives National and were very glad we did. It's great to find a museum in Paris with no line. The building itself, the old Hotel de Soubise, is a lovely example of French classical architecture, starting with one of the best... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2016

Hôtel de Soubise is one of the finest private mansions in the Marais district, with reception rooms decorated by Germain Boffrand and paintings by Boucher, Van Loo, Trémolière... The Musée des Archives Nationales permanently displays remarkable documents from the government archives as well as alternating exhibitions. All year round, the Archives Nationales also has a rich programme of events linked... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

We found this building completely by accident since the Fodor's map we had mislabeled this building as a completely different museum (located several blocks away). We walked the gardens and grounds with a really kind pair of Parisian ladies who were eager to help us find the place we really wanted to go, while making sure we knew we were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2016

Hidden in the Marais is the French National Archive set in the Hotel de Soubise which is a beautiful old building with the original rooms and decor open to view. At present there is a very well presented exhibition about The Secret State. This costs 6 euro and is well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

We fell upon this and were blown away, the courtyard was just beautiful to sit and relax in, Perfect place to sit and eat a sandwich or croissant and enjoy the view. The garden attached to it equally as amazing.. no one was really there .. we pretended it was our home and we were just enjoying the courtyard..

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

This lovely is mansion presently being restored to one of most beautiful buildings in Paris. It does house historical documents, making it a treasure house for anybody looking for archival material of the period The real joy of the building are the bedrooms on the second floor. The exterior of the buildings and the grounds are impressive.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

The Hôtel de Soubise in the Marais houses the Salon du Prince, which is on the ground floor and is worth seeing, even if it's in rather desperate need of a considerable amount of renovation work. But ascend the grand staircase and you'll come to the Salon de la Princesse, a Rococo masterpiece that is one of the most beautiful... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

If you do not see enough teeth (I.E. Smiles) aimed at you in Paris because you are a tourist go here! Smiles galore from the French. They assume you are French or truly appreciative of their history since this is not on most touristy agendas. It should be! Especially touching to see such documents as Marie Antoinettes last letter written... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

In the Marais, the Hotel Soubise is an attractive mansion set in some lovely gardens and away from the maddening crowd. It is part of the National Archives, has some interesting historical documents on display and some wonderful rooms. Definitely worth visiting.

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