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Musée Carnavalet

Musée Carnavalet

Musée Carnavalet

The Musée Carnavalet is dedicated to the history of the city of Paris. The museum occupies two mansions, the Hôtel Carnavalet and the former Hôtel Le Peletier de Saint Fargeau. The museum opened to the public in 1880 and is one of the 14 City of Paris’ Museums that have been incorporated into Paris Musées.

The Musée Carnavalet collection includes about 2,600 paintings, 20,000 drawings, 300,000 engravings and 150,000 photographs, 2,000 modern sculptures and 800 pieces of furniture, thousands of ceramics, many decorations, models and reliefs, signs, thousands of coins, artefacts of famous historical figures and thousands of archaeological fragments.

The museum’s collection spans from the Renaissance until today all aimed at telling the history of Paris especially the many revolutions which stirred the capital, as well as elaborating on the daily life in all the social classes.

Highlights of the Musée Carnavalet

Musée Carnavalet

  • Name:            Musée Carnavalet
  • City:                 Paris
  • Country:          France
  • Established:     1986
  • Type:                Art & Design/Textile Museum also a Historic Building
  • Address:                              1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris, France
  • Public transit access:
    • Solférino Metro – M – 12 
    • Musée d’Orsay – RER – C

Musée Carnavalet Map

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Paris Musées

Paris Musées incorporates 14 City of Paris Museums The City of Paris Museums are :

  • Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
  • Maison de Balzac
  • Musée Bourdelle
  • Carnavalet Museum History of Paris
  • The Catacombs
  • Musée Cernuschi Museum of Asian Art
  • Musée Cognacq-Jay
  • Archaeological Crypt of Notre-Dame
  • Musée Galliera
  • Museum of the General Leclerc and the Paris’ Liberation – Jean Moulin Museum
  • Petit Palais City of Paris Museum of Fine Arts
  • Musée de la Vie Romantique
  • Maison de Victor Hugo Paris / Guernsey
  • Zadkine Museum

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Photo Credit: David Monniaux [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)]

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