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Musee Carnavalet

#84 of 1,089 things to do in Paris
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Le Marais
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Address: 16 rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75003 Paris, France
Phone Number:
+33 1 44 59 58 58
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No

The Carnavalet Museum is dedicated to the history of Paris and its...

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.

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Beautiful quiet museum in Le Marais

This museum was just around the corner from where we were staying and we decided to pop in and are glad we did. It was really nice and peaceful. The gift shop had some unique... read more

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Luckily we were staying nearby, but having been inspired by Andrew Graham Dixon's recent series on Paris we were disappointed to find the museum closed for renovations till November 2017. So don't make a special trip unless like us you live the Marais area anyway!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum was just around the corner from where we were staying and we decided to pop in and are glad we did. It was really nice and peaceful. The gift shop had some unique gifts as well. Lovely garden in the main courtyard

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

A fascinating museum abot the city of Paris and it s history. Not that famous as The Louvre but definitely woth the time. Great things to see !

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

We went here last year but it's big and we didn't finish. Unfortunately, most of what we didn't see is closed now for a very long-term remodel. Check their website before going. It's free now since there is not currently much to see. Looking forward to the reopening.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

This museum is closed until 2019 for renovation we found after attempting to visit yesterday so we were. Unable to visit We checked their website last week and it did not have any closing information listed at that time

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

Have visited this Musee twice , it is closing in early October for renovations until 2019. There are over a 100 galleries in the Musee, I especially loved the galleries depicting the history of signs that have been displayed around Paris over the centuries. Also has lovely gardens check out the Tuscan kale in the garden, it makes a wonderful... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

My husband and I really enjoyed this smaller Museum! In fact, it was one of our favourite Museum experiences in ParThe architecture and the history of the small Palace and the items within were well worth the visit. Great, short walk through the Marais to get to the Carnavalet.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Carnavalet is a marvelous place because of its size. Small but complete without the overpower of the Lourve.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

The Carnavalet Museum tells the history of Paris and is one of the oldest museums in the city. The majestic buildings sit just near Pace des Vosges in the Marais and admission is free. Baron Haussmann, the architect who reshaped Paris in the late 1800's is responsible for the idea of this museum. As buildings were demolished in order to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

My favorite museum in Paris,,,small, lovely garden, and interest ion perspective of Paris. Unfortunately it will close Oct. 2nd for renovations for 3 yrs. I believe.

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The Marais is a winding maze of multi-faceted streets that beg to be explored. It bursts with small boutiques, historic buildings, cozy traditional restaurants, and hidden parks. Around each corner, you'll come across little gems of architecture spanning the centuries, from understated medieval towers to classical libraries and 17th century splendour. This neighbourhood unites a rich mix of people of all ages, but it's best known for the gay scene mostly in the south and the Jewish community around Rue des Rosiers.
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