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Musee Carnavalet

#83 of 1,108 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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More fun than the Louvre

This place is so much more fun than the Louvre. Plus it's absolutely free. There's even a cloak room where you can leave your bags etc. all day long for free. This museum is a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Paris, Île-de-France, France
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Paris, Île-de-France, France
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is so much more fun than the Louvre. Plus it's absolutely free. There's even a cloak room where you can leave your bags etc. all day long for free. This museum is a gift from the City of Paris to visitors, and what a deal! History of Paris... museum of. The Carnavalet. A lovely nobleman's ancient magnificent town... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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Reviewed 21 April 2017

The Museum Carnavalet functions in a mansion from the XVI century, originally the Hotel Carnavalet. At the entrance, an amazing sculpture of King Louis XIV catches your eyes immediately. Situated at the peaceful courtyard, this place is great for a picture! This museum is quite different from others, alongside with beautiful paintings and sculptures the Musee Carnavalet exhibits artifacts, clothing... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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Reviewed 15 April 2017

Went by two weeks ago and sign says it is closed until Fall of 2019. Try the Picasso, it is close. this review must be 100 characters long....so here are the characters.

1 Thank Emily L
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

Please note the museum is closed for renovation works until the end of 2019! (walked past today, confirmed on website)

6 Thank Joanie M
Oakland, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Any student of urban history or history of the City of Paris must go to this museum. It's absolutely full of great exhibits of all the eras of French history. In a beautiful mansion. And, if I recall correctly, it's free. Great gift store, especially for books.

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San Clemente, CA, USA
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

I adore the Musee Carnavalet because it is a time capsule of the history of Paris. I visited several times to research my books about Paris and France, and it has much to offer. One of my favs is the Bastille Room where you can actually see a rope ladder used to scale the prison. The statuary and artwork are... More 

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Reviewed 18 February 2017 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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Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed 11 February 2017

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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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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Reviewed 12 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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