The Carnavalet Museum

One of the most beautiful Parisian museums in the heart of historic Paris and moreover it is free.

The Carnavalet museum is dedicated to the history of Paris but it can be of interest to everyone because the history of Paris is often linked to the history of France and the French. The rooms are organized according to the periods. The diversity of the objects presented is really the strong point of the museum, there are not only paintings and pictures, there are also many objects of the daily life.

The Carnavalet museum reopened in 2021 after 5 years of restoration, the content of the museum has not really changed but the indications on the History of France have become clearer and more concise. Unfortunately, it is a little difficult to find your way in all these rooms, this is the only small reproach we could make (for information if you are looking for the toilets you have to follow the indications "cloakroom").

An essential visit if you come to Paris.

Practical information for the visit of the Carnavalet museum

The restaurant of the Carnavalet museum

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Duration: 3 h.

The inner courtyard of the museum

The inner courtyard of the museum
The Carnavalet Museum is located in two former mansions in the Marais district: the Hotel de Carnavalet and the Hotel Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau,

Signs

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Signs
Entering the first room of the museum you will find a magnificent collection of Parisian shop signs from different periods.

The music room

The music room
You then pass through a series of rooms furnished in the style of a particular period, for example a music room dating from 1750. The furniture comes from other mansions that have been destroyed.

Cabinet of the Colbert de Villacerf hotel

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Cabinet of the Colbert de Villacerf hotel
A room entirely made of painted wood panels, characteristic of the Louis XIII style.

The bridges of Paris

The bridges of Paris
Several paintings show the bridges of Paris, we see very well that in the Middle Ages the houses were built directly on the bridge.

The rope ladder

The rope ladder
A rope ladder that would have allowed the escape of a certain Latude from the Bastille prison, who would have spent more than 35 years in prison.

Marie-Antoinette leaving the Conciergerie

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Marie-Antoinette leaving the Conciergerie
Marie-Antoinette climbs into the cart that takes her to the guillotine. This is a magnificent painting with very precise facial expressions.

The wheelchair of Georges Couthon

The wheelchair of Georges Couthon
Georges Couthon was a lawyer and politician during the French Revolution, he was guillotined on July 28, 1794 with his friend Robespierre.

Art Nouveau

Art Nouveau
A French jeweller Georges Fouquet donated the decor of his jewellery shop to the museum in 1941. The shop has been completely reassembled in the museum and was designed by the great master of Art Nouveau: Alfons Mucha

Painters of the Belle Époque

Painters of the Belle Époque
Magnificent paintings by Jean Béraud and Henri Gervex, painters who are unfortunately not recognized for their true value.

Marcel Proust's bed

Marcel Proust's bed
You can then admire Marcel Proust's bed, he spent most of his time there and even wrote his novels in his bed.

The Gardens of Olympus

The Gardens of Olympus
At the end of the visit you can get your strength back in the restaurant located in the museum. The setting is absolutely magnificent.
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