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“a jewel”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Musee Carnavalet

Musee Carnavalet
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Paris 2-Hour Private Walking Tour Including the Marais
Ranked #83 of 1,098 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.
Paris, France
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“a jewel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2012

Excellent small museum, beautiful, nicely situated in the Marais too for shopping and coffee afterwards. A real jewel of a museum

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Portland, OR
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“exhausting but pretty cool”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2012

Amazing for a free attraction, but we got pretty tired and had to head for the exit after a couple of hours, having seen only a fraction of the collection.

The rooms on the French Revolution were very interesting, with the paintings evolving from the early optimism to the subsequent horrors.

Visited October 2012
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Granite Bay, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Hidden gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2012

This must be Paris' best-kept secret, and we ran into other tourists who concur. Loved this FREE museum focused on Paris. Fantastic historic view of Paris through eyes of various artists, great history of commune uprising in Paris, wonderful display of old shop signs. Uncrowded and interesting, this should be on everyone's must-do list for Paris!

Visited October 2012
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Paris, France
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367 reviews
166 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 277 helpful votes
“A great collection in one of Paris's most beautifull "Hotels particuliers"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2012

The Hotel du carnavalet is worth a visit if only for its magnificent XVI/XVII th century exceptionnal architecture, wonderful courtyards with exquisite sculptures on the facades and beautifull inner gardens.
The collection itself starts with the celtic origin of Paris and leads us to the early XXth, across the somber medieval times, light Louis XIV years and dark revolution days. A must visit for any person interested in the history of the city of light: count with 2 to 3 hours for a full visit

Visited October 2012
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“Must visit - free entry - friendly staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

On Rue de Sevigney near the Place des Vosges, this museum just delivers and delivers. Open daily from 10am to 6pm it is free entry and for 5 e you can purchase audio guides which are fabulous value for money.

This museum just keeeps going and going - it would take the best part of the day to see everything and unlike the Louvre and other major attactions, this is quieter and has so much to see - paitings, furniture, objects'd'art and a lot of historical information.

Staff (volunteers) are available in every room and the courtesy and service you get here would put the Louvre to shame.

We visited twice and still did not cover everything. Well worth a visit if you want to see quality and history without the pricey entry fees and long queues.

Visited October 2012
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