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Musee Carnavalet

16 rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75003 Paris, France
+33 1 44 59 58 58
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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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
16 rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75003 Paris, France
Le Marais
+33 1 44 59 58 58
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Reviewed 1 week ago

May, 2017. Closed for renovation!! How long? I do not know. If this is on your itinerary, best check website for status.....

Thank tracey k
Reviewed 23 May 2017

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...More

1  Thank ShayneNelson
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...More

3  Thank Marrakesh2012
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.

2  Thank Emily L
Reviewed 19 March 2017

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

7  Thank Joanie M
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...More

Thank Thomas V
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...More

2  Thank Pamela_PJ_Adams
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!

12  Thank Lianne H
Reviewed 12 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

Thank MrsElfa
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 !

Thank Diana Gabriela G
Le Marais
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
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Rolayne V
Hello. I visited your wonderful museum two years ago, but it was with a friend who was trying to show me all of the Marais in under two hours. An impossible task I soon learned. What I saw enchanted me and I will be visiting Paris again in March, 2017. I was wondering if you have an special exhibits scheduled for that time. One of my biggest disappointments on my short stay in the Gift Shop. I am particularly interested in English language copies of some of the wonderful books I looked through while I was there, and did not have any time to track down. I do hope there are some available. Paris is such a beautiful, historically, and architecturally city that I would miss the learning all of the wondering information many of your books contain. Nevertheless, I will enjoy looking and walking through your beautiful galleries. Thank you, Rolayne Venator
2 November 2016|
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Response from AnnandBob99 | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, just spent a month in Paris when we visited the Musee Carnavalet , which is now closed until 2019 for major renovations. I agree a lovely Musee
Barbara K
Does it sell museum passes?
30 May 2016|
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Response from Andrea T | Reviewed this property |
Not that I saw - it's free, so you don't need a pass to get into it. Your bets bet is either the Paris travel bureau. close to the Hotel du Louvre, or your own hotel.
Pierre D
Is there air conditioning
4 July 2015|
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Response from Rhys G | Reviewed this property |
There probably is. It was not even a consideration. we did not feel uncomfortable in any way. the artworks would need temperature stability and most of the old buildings are natural insulators.