This very special museum is a must-see if you are going to be spending any time in Paris and really want to know what the city is all about. The Musée Carnavalet is a museum all about the history of Paris itself and it is truly an amazing and extremely educational opportunity to see the artistic, creative and cultural history of one of the world's most iconic and artistic cultures.
The Musée Carnavalet actually chronicles the history of Paris right from its inception and travels forward through time to contemporary Paris today. The entire museum occupies two mansions, one built in the 11th century and one built much later in the 17th century. There is a gallery that was built to connect the two together so that it is now possible to simply cross from one mansion to the other via the convenient gallery. The two mansions were actually both hotels. The one was originally called the Hotel Le Peletier and the other was known as the hotel Carnavalet, this last is where the museum gets its name from.
One of Paris' most famous citizens, the Madame de Sevigne (who wrote a series of famous letters to her daughter), once lived in the Hotel Carnavalet and it is actually now the home of the museum's collection that chronicles the prehistoric all the way through time to the reign of Louis XVI. The other mansion, the former Hotel Le Peletier Saint Fargeau houses the collection that spans from the French revolution to modern present day Paris.
The museum was first opened in 1880. It has since displayed its intriguing collections to tourists from all over the world who come to view the history of this remarkable and beautiful city.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Musée CarnavaletFee: No - Free admission to all permanent collections and themed exhibitions. Charges may apply for temporary exhibitions
Many tourist attractions are temporarily closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please verify any opening hours below with the attraction before visiting.
- Tuesday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Wednesday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Thursday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Sunday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
16 rue des Francs-Bourgeois
Phone: +33 1 44 59 58 58
Cassandra Y. Mar-02-2016
Location: Exiting Metro #1, "St. Paul". This is one of the museums in the area. Admission: FREE Love the entrance, nice garden, I bet during spring/summer... Read More
Rebecca G. Dec-04-2015
Musée Carnavalet is a museum covering the history of Paris, housed in two neighboring mansions, with a beautiful garden in between. The museum covers the... Read More
Joanna T. Feb-10-2015
My husband and I almost always check out city museums when we visit a place. They're often free (the Carnavalet is) and never as busy as places like the... Read More
Accommodations near Musée Carnavalet:
|Metro / RER Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|M8||Chemin Vert||7 minutes|
How to get to Musée Carnavalet by Metro / RER
By Metro: exit Metro M1 at Saint-Paul station and walk west on Rue de Rivoli and go left (north) on Rue de Sevigne to the entrance or exit line M8 at Chemin Vert station and walk west on Rue St. Giles continuing on Rue du Parc Royal then go left on Rue de Sevigne to the entrance.
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