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Musee des Arts Forains

53 avenue des Terroirs de France, 75012 Paris, France
+33 1 43 40 16 22
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This place is fantastic. The guide supposed to speak French only, but we got a lovely italian guy... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Viktória S

This museum is in the Bercy Region of Paris and is a hidden gem! The owner has collected Fairground... read more

Reviewed 5 September 2017
Cheshunt, United Kingdom
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The Pavillons de Bercy-Musée des Arts Forains house one of the largest collections of entertainment and fairground art's objects. They are located in ancient wine warehouses built by a Gustave Eiffel apprentice in the end of the 19th century. Discover the site and its four venues: Théatre du Merveilleux (Thetre of Marvels), Salons Vénitiens (Venetian Rooms), Théâtre de Verdure (Vegetal outdoor area) and the Musée des Arts Forains (Museum àof Fairground Art), all displayed with themes such as Cabinet of curiosities, Venetian carnival, Extraordinary gardens and funfairs of the Belle Epoque (End of the 19th century). This private museum is opende throughout the year, only by apointement in order to experiment the spirit of the place in a lively and participative tour. The guides takes the visitor on an out of time journey, enables them to ride carousels and listen to an automaton show. The Pavillons de Bercy are opened to visit throughout the year only by appointment. And exceptionnally without booking twice a year during the European Heritage Days and Festival du Merveilleux. All the venues can also be rented for private events.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
53 avenue des Terroirs de France, 75012 Paris, France
Bercy / Nation
+33 1 43 40 16 22
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is fantastic. The guide supposed to speak French only, but we got a lovely italian guy, who explained almost everything in English to us. We got some brochure in English at the entrance as well. They let you ride several carousels and play...More

Thank Viktória S
Reviewed 5 September 2017

This museum is in the Bercy Region of Paris and is a hidden gem! The owner has collected Fairground memorabilia from the last century, fairground rides, barrel organs, models and the like. It is stunning! We had a two hour guided tour in French but...More

3  Thank DavidJM720
Reviewed 30 August 2017

We visited New Year's Day 2017 in the short post-Christmas period when the museum is open to the general public without booking a tour. There were performers displaying at regular intervals as well as all the exhibits. As other reviewers have said, this is an...More

1  Thank Bicesteve
Reviewed 18 August 2017

I brought my study abroad, Human Development, students here to study play at this museum, the history of Belle Epoch play can be learned, and you will also play, ride the rides, participate, and be slightly transformed by the entire experience in a delightful way....More

1  Thank carlabluhm
Reviewed 21 June 2017

The venue is atmospheric with the old merry-go-rounds, shooting stands, doll races and lots of curiousities. If you enjoy stories about old circus, you will lové the place. However, some of my friends found it a bit spooky - a part of a charm!

4  Thank EvelynesWorld
Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

The closest version to this wonderful carnival museum is New Orleans Mardi Gras museum. Our tour was in French and English. The guy was in remarkable form. It takes about three hours but even then you don't see everything. The historic carnival and Carousel displays...More

3  Thank mule54
Reviewed 12 May 2017

A very unique museum full of wonders! The english speaking tour guide was excellent and the whole place is enchanting. Highly recommend for an off the beaten path experience, especially if you are into old school carnival contraptions! It is a private museum so you...More

2  Thank tbel2015
Reviewed 11 May 2017

Nice for kids and kid spirit inside all of us :-) beautiful place, lots of historical carousel and other kind of games guided tour finish with a musical show, nice. also after enjoy the area around

1  Thank Little F
Reviewed 3 May 2017

Musee des Arts Forains is a different type of museum. Each room has something to experience, whether it is a merry-go-round, a game to play, or music in some form. The displays are interesting, and the guide is good at engaging the visitors. For those...More

2  Thank KidArctica
Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

I have no words to describe how amazing it is. First museum I have been that I feel like a child - the rule is that children and adults must play, which is wonderful if you have children you will definitely have a blast! Definitely...More

1  Thank Molina E
Bercy / Nation
Nestled between the Seine, Bastille, and Père Lachaise
lies a peaceful side of town where wide avenues and
impressive buildings accompany green spaces and small
parks. Landscaped havens are plentiful, from the Bercy
Park to La Coulée Verte and most impressively the Bois
de Vincennes, which even contains a medieval castle on
its doorstep. For an escape from the masses head to
this calming neighbourhood where real Parisians make
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29 July 2017|
Response from Molina E | Reviewed this property |
Hello, The are several dates that that museum is closed, on the other hand you must have a reservation other wise you would not have access as they don't have a counter to sell tickets. On the top part to your left hand... More
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Response from ririo | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for my late answer I was out in Italy. Rates are 16 € per adult 8 € children 4 to 11 Little known in Paris but obviously for chocoholics is the "musée du chocolat" they have a web site 28 Boulevard de Bonne... More
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Response from Rumples | Reviewed this property |
Yes, visitors are alliwed to take photos. No restrictions whatsoever.