Musée Carnavalet

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Musée Carnavalet

 

Located in the heart of the Marais, this museum is dedicated to the history of Paris.

Boasting 600,000 pieces, ranging from the 17th to 20th centuries.

Instigated by the civil servant; Baron Haussmann in an effort to preserve elements of Paris’ history for future generations which would be lost after his massive urban redevelopment of the city.

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Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann commissioned by Napoleon III, demolished a large part of Paris to make way for wide sweeping boulevards, ornate building facades, cafes and bistros.

The Paris as you know it today.

Musee Carnalvalet opened it’s doors to the public 1880.

Initially the museum was housed in Hotel Carnavalet and was purchased by the city in 1866.

However by the end of the 20th century, the museum had more artefacts than it could exhibit and by 1989 the neighbouring, Hôtel Le Peletier de Saint Fargeau was purchased and added to the museum.

 

 

As you work your way through the museum, past old street signs, doors, sculptures, paintings, furniture and pieces from Paris’ past, you are taken through Paris through the ages.

From the days when Paris was known as Lutèce and inhabited by the Parisii tribes, the Medieval City, The Renaissance and Wars of Religion, The French Revolution, The Napoleonic Era and up to the 20th century.

Now this museum, dedicated to the history of Paris, boasts 600,000 pieces, ranging from the 17th to 20th centuries. Dispersed throughout 100 rooms and two Parisian mansions laid out in chronological order, this is the oldest municipal museum in Paris, overlooking its lovely internal gardens.

 

This museum is jammed packed with art, furniture and history and is a fine example of the free museums of Paris.

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Paris Adèle’s Information Nécessaire:

 

Musée Carnavalet – offical website in English
36, rue Sévigné
Paris  75003
 
Opening times :
10am – 6pm
Closed Mondays & public holidays
 
Nearest Metro :
Saint Paul or Chemin Vert
 
Admission :
Free
 
Free Wi-Fi – see my  link  for instructions

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