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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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Curious place

The venue is atmospheric with the old merry-go-rounds, shooting stands, doll races and lots of... read more

Reviewed 21 June 2017
Kids at heart

The closest version to this wonderful carnival museum is New Orleans Mardi Gras museum. Our tour... read more

Reviewed 30 May 2017
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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 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!

2  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

2  Thank mule54
Reviewed 27 May 2017

This museum shares a 16th century hostel and the remains of the only significant Roman structure left in Paris. The highlights are the treasury and the unicorn tapestries. In addition there are stained glass windows, the lovely Cluny chapel, an original part of the hostel,...More

1  Thank Steve D
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

1  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

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

1  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

Thank Molina E
Reviewed 1 May 2017

This private museum is housed in Les Pavillons de Bercy, a series of former wine storage warehouses constructed in 1878. One of the pavilions is titled Le Theatre du Merveilleux (The Theatre of Marvels) including curiosities related to tales, myth and legend; think flying elephants,...More

2  Thank Stu S
Reviewed 28 April 2017

Very unusual museum, remotely located next to Bercy garden, this a a wonderful collections of old playground gears related to circus, merry go around from the early 20th century and all sorts of toys and games.

Thank ririo
Reviewed 26 April 2017

Family of 3 visited over Spring Break. Have to make advanced tour reservations through the museum prior to arrival - can't just walk up and visit. Seemed to be incredibly popular with Europeans - we were the only Americans in the three tour groups that...More

4  Thank LoneStarFam
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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16 May 2017|
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Response from cynosura | Reviewed this property |
Hi Shery, sorry for the late reply. This musem, unfortunately is not part of museum card - the museum pass usually covers the ones run by the state. I recommend you to book the tickets online, to avoid some hassles, since... More
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Response from Rumples | Reviewed this property |
Yes, visitors are alliwed to take photos. No restrictions whatsoever.