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“Worth the Trip” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Musee Carnavalet

Musee Carnavalet
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USD 43.34*
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The Beauty of Old Paris by Rickshaw
Ranked #84 of 1,057 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, Ile-de-France, France
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Worth the Trip”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2012

A very enjoyable museum experience offering a little bit of everything.

Visited March 2012
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“Good guide to French History especially post revolut.ion”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2012

In places there was an assumption made in the labelling that visitors will all be familiar with the complexities of late C18 France. I think it works well for people who have a genuine interest in familiarising themselves with French History.

Visited April 2011
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Kaua'i, HI
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“A wonderful museum in an amazing building!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2012

My first visit to Musee Carnavalet was in Sept. 2011, it was amazing to walk into this beautiful courtyard of a stately 18th (?) century building and you do feel as if you've been transported into another time altogether - very magical feeling!

It didn't hurt that a local men's chorus was practicing in the courtyard, so we stopped to listen to their wonderful music (some of which was American gospel!) - they were selling their CD's, and darn it, I wish I'd purchased one! But maybe this year!

The Museum is devoted to the history of Paris - so you have amazing rooms full of business signs from around 1700 on up to the 19th century - a huge pair of scissors hanging from the ceiling to advertise one shop was a real eye-catcher!

There were many rooms devoted to various aspects of the history of Paris thru the ages. My personal favorite was the area devoted to the lives (and death) of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette and their families. It was quite affecting to see some of the artifacts displayed which belonged to this family, and the paintings here were some that I'd seen reproduced so many times, but here were the originals! There is one room that recreates Madame Elizabeth's bedchamber (the King's sister) - with original furniture. I'm afraid I spent a great deal of time in this section of the Museum!

The building is so stately and beautiful, yet warm and inviting. The exhibits are amazing and this Museum is free - so no worrying about the Museum Pass or not! A fabulous opportunity to see such treasures -- I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the history of this amazing city!

Visited September 2011
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Harwood, Maryland
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“We really enjoyed the Museum of Paris”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

It was free during the week for the permanent exhibits. We were especially impressed by the rooms with the intricate wood working on the walls and the furniture and decorations. The collection is extensive and the museum was a good space to escape the cold snap that hit Paris when we were there.

Visited February 2012
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Vancouver
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“Really enjoyed this”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

Paris is such a beautiful, historic city and it's wonderful learning more about it. Great museum. A good part of the museum is free, but we also paid for the current exhibit and were not disappointed. An excellent look at Paris daily like in the 19th Century. The museum is mid-sized but we spent a long time there.

Visited February 2012
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