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“Small, but effective”
Review of Musee Carnavalet

Musee Carnavalet
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Paris L'Open Tour Hop-On-Hop-Off
Ranked #84 of 1,120 things to do in Paris
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Savannah, Georgia
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“Small, but effective”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

We visited this museum on the history of Paris because it was in walking distance from the I'lle St. Louis. The museum is filled with artwork, sculptures and artifacts on the history of Paris. The 18th, 19th & 20th century rooms had some fabulous artwork of people, rich & poor going about their lives. Very unique. It starts out w/Roman times to today. Only problem is, I felt it was not in chronological order, but according to the map, it was. So, not sure what was going on. But, I feel it was worth it. They also have some lovely gardens, (Who doesn't in Paris). Also, there was no admission for the permanent exhibits. BTW, we always get the audio guides if they are available, very helpful.

Visited September 2012
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“Chateau in the center of Paris”
Reviewed September 26, 2012

The building itself is worth the visit. The collection is a wonderful combination of exhibits, not dedicated to painting, furniture, history, gardens, but combines all with ease. I was particularly interested in the variety of displays, letting you better appreciate the french revolution and see the grace of art decos furniture and decoration all in one place. Check out the wood flooring throughout the museum, and the views of the courtyard gardens through wonderful leaded glass windows. All beautiful in their detail and workmanship. Near many other small shops and restaurants.

Visited April 2012
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“eclectic mixes of artifacts”
Reviewed September 26, 2012

As everyone else has already commented, a real mixed bag of items from across the ages, in 2 stunning mansions, showcasing the 1700's in the room displays, very interesting way to pass the afternoon, and the crowds are at a minimum, unlike some of the city's larger museums. The free entrance is a bonus!

Visited September 2012
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“Another find in the Marais”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

Wow, what a find and hidden gem. You get a great overview of the history of Paris. Good location close to the Place de Vosges. There is an emphasis on the Bastille with several models to view. There is a lot of artwork to preview was well furniture and accessories. There is one collection on the second floor where all the Bastille models are that is closed for several hours mid day. So do this early morning or later in the afternoon. The crowds are small and doable.

Visited September 2012
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“A find”
Reviewed September 20, 2012

This was a find. It's filled with interesting models, rooms and artefacts saved from buildings around Paris, eg the model of the Isle de la Cité constructed from old maps (16C?), and the (full-sized) literary salon where ladies of means held gatherings of artists, philosophers, authors, musicians. The gardens are beautiful, and the bookshop has a collection of really interesting books with a (very good!) dedicated English section. If you have an interest in the city of Paris (well, why are you here?) it's well worth the visit. Oh, btw, it's free as well!

Visited September 2012
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