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“A disappointment”
Review of Musee Carnavalet

Musee Carnavalet
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Paris L'Open Tour Hop-On-Hop-Off
Ranked #85 of 1,131 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.
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“A disappointment”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

This museum is huge and rambling. The collection of old wrought iron shop signs you see on turning right when entering are exquisite. The rest of the museum was very disappointing. Ok, it's free. BUT there were no information boards in the exhibit rooms. Each painting or item had a small sign next to it stating who it was by and when it was created. I personally would have liked to have had some more information about what was happening at the time, how the tiems related to that time and a bit of history. It seemed to me that the collection of historical artefacts and paintings in this museum had been cobbled togther and rammed into the rooms with little thought as to what the public requires. A shame. The place didn't breathe history and excitement, it was dull and static. I didn't wish to stay long here, and we'd made a special effort to find it and walk over to the Marais area. The only redeeming exhibit was a complete shop from the Art Nouveau period, beautifully preserved, the most fabulous living wood carvings and glass peacock panel.

Visited October 2012
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Seattle, Washington
Level 5 Contributor
39 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Interesting Heritage”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

The museum gives a history of France and includes statues and artwork throughout it's time frame. I found it an interesting place especially with the MUSEUM PASS which made it free.

Visited October 2012
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Hermosa Beach, California USA
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Tucked away”
Reviewed October 31, 2012

This museum is tucked away in the Marais. It gives the history of Paris with a restored mansion, pictures of old Paris, and models. It is fun to stop here after you have walked around and then look at where you have been. The room displays are a feast for the eyes.

Visited October 2012
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Toronto, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
213 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“thankfully free”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

This was an ok museum. LOADS of stairs and not well organized. The very early displays the most interesting. Loaded with china and paintings. Found it a difficult museum to follow the time lines.

NOT good for someone with a heart condition..the defibrillator is at the front door and one would have to run up and down stairs (2-3 stories) back to the front to find it... highly suggested for people inclined to use their gym memberships faithfully.

Visited October 2012
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Dexter, Michigan
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390 reviews
96 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Was better last visit”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

We visited the museum in 2010 and enjoyed it immensely. On this trip, we found many of the best exhibits closed to public view including many of te Paris life paintins

Visited October 2012
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