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A trip through time, from the birth of Paris to the present day, in the charming setting of a Renaissance town house.

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Carnavalet Museum, Paris

Carnavalet Museum

A trip through time, from the birth of Paris to the present day, in the charming setting of a Renaissance town house.


In the heart of the Marais, just next to the Place des Vosges in the aristocratic Paris of the Age of Enlightenment, in the midst of 18th century town houses and houses some of which date back to the Middle Ages is a museum dedicated to the history of the capital.

Baron Haussmann, famous for his remodelling of the city, spared this quarter. On the edge of the boulevards, he left picturesque spaces dating back to the Ancient Regime, amongst which is the Hôtel Carnavalet, one of Paris’ oldest, built in 1548. Transformed by illustrious architect François Mansart, it was later inhabited by the Marquis de Sévigné. In 1866, by order of the prefect, the City of Paris bought it in order to make it into a museum dedicated to the city’s history. The Hôtel Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau, next door, was added on to it in 1989. What was Paris like in the Middle Ages?

What did the city look like before its remodelling by Baron Haussmann? This is exactly what you can find out in the Carnavalet Museum, thanks to one hundred and thirty models exhibited in more than one hundred collection halls, over three thousand sculptures, almost as many paintings and two hundred and thirty thousand prints! All of these pieces of work retrace the history of Paris, from prehistoric times to the present day, illustrating the genius of Paris through the ages.

In the recently restored Orangerie, you can admire the prehistoric and Gallo-Roman collections while the three French gardens boast more than two thousand five hundred different varieties of plants. Of note, a numismatic cabinet which can be visited by appointment, with a collection of forty five thousand pieces.


The romantic Paris

The romantic Paris

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