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“A gem of a museum”

Musee Carnavalet - Histoire de Paris
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$55.98*
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Paris 2-Hour Private Walking Tour Including the...
Ranked #157 of 1,546 things to do in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed November 8, 2012

This was our favourite. We found the Musee D'Orsay overwhelming but here was a lovely collection of pictures and he beautiful Art nouveau jewellery shop.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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