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“History of Paris”
Review of Musee Carnavalet

Musee Carnavalet
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US$39.56*
and up
Paris L'Open Tour Hop-On-Hop-Off
Ranked #86 of 1,232 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.
Reviewed 2 May 2012

wonderful way to learn some of the history of Paris..If you are in the Marais definately vist

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Reviewed 1 May 2012

We actually found the staff to be very friendly and helpful. We tried communicating in French, Spanish, and German, and finally made it work in English. But we were still lost in this museum. We got a printed map, but the room numbers on the map did not match the room numbers posted on the walls of the rooms! We got the audio guides, but they only talked about a particular piece in a room and didn't give an overview. Unless you already know a lot about Paris history, this is a very frustrating museum. It's not a place to go to learn about the history. It's a place to see what you learned elsewhere come alive. My husband caught snippets of guided tours for students and said they were fascinating. Skip the audio tour and take a guided tour if you can. Some rooms close in the middle of the day. There are few placards explaining anything in any language. Our teenagers gave up and sat on benches and just waited for us. They didn't do that in any other museum we dragged them too!

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Reviewed 1 May 2012

We love this museum, it is in the center of Paris in a really interesting part of town. It is free which when on a budget is essential for keeping every one happy!!! The money not spent on the museum can be used for drinks, dresses etc etc. Also it means that you can go in and out for short spurts of time if you have kids in tow or teenagers who would rather be at H&M or in the park.
It has taken us a few years to really get to grips with the place as it is so sprawling, sometimes we miss parts and then re-find them on another visit. My favorite part is the art nouveau shop which has been rebuilt in its entirety. I also love the painters bedrooms, and the old hotels which have been recreated . It seems a little disconnected with paintings of people places things higildy pigildy ,rooms and shop fronts ect ....
Often the museum is empty especially in the morning and you can pretend that you live in the house, walking through rooms as they once were, drinking in the atmosphere of an age gone by.
If in Paris this place is worth looking at if only to have the opportunity to be in a real Parisian house of time past.

3  Thank vi0let17
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Reviewed 26 April 2012

This is an extremely interesting museum, spread across 2 old town "grand" mansions.
There are lots of good pictures, furniture,etc., The highlight for us were the old signs used by tradespeople to advertise their wares.
This place deserves to be better known.

Thank grafran
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Reviewed 26 April 2012

Musee Carnabalet is the history of Paris in the Marais area of Paris. This musee is not known in the "top ten" and therefore missed by so many visitors. We hit it every time we are here. Located in two beautiful townhouses. It takes you through 1600's to present, with furniture, stories, and beautiful artwork of those of note in the city...do not miss

Thank bitler
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