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If you fancy a visit of a different kind, take a look at this unique collection of fun fair objects.
This private museum was created by Jean Paul Favand, an actor and antiques dealer, from his private collection. Opened to the public in 1996, it contains a variety of objects dating between 1850-1950 including 14 amusement rides, 16 fair stalls and restored attractions, 18 sets of historical works, and 1522 independent works.
The collections include merry-go-rounds and carousels, German swings, hundred-year-old bicycles, Japanese billiards, a Parisian Waiter Race and a Hooghuys Organ, and the grand vizier Ali Pasha. There are three thematic rooms (each of about 2000 square meters):
"The Venetian Lounges" (Les Salons Vénitiens) : Visitors can watch an Italian opera-based show, performed by automata in a typical Venetian setting, or go for a ride on a gondola merry-go-round.
"The Theatre of Marvels" (Le Théâtre du Merveilleux) : a glimpse into the biggest world fairs of the beginning of the 20th century (especially Paris' Exposition Universelle in 1900). An automatic orchestra (controlled by computer) audiovisual displays form a part of the attractions - thanks to 12 projectors, the walls metamorphose into Captain Nemo's Nautilus submarine, or a coral reef.
To summarize "The Fairground Art Museum" (Le Musée des Arts Forains) is a special tribute to the 19th-century fun fair with a chance to ride a bicycle merry-go-round or play at a Parisian Waiters' Race stand!