Museum Carnavalet

Musée Carnavalet

23, rue de Sévigné , Paris, 75003
Admission: Free
Free Entry
Wheelchair Access

Opening Times

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 1000 - 1800
Wednesday: 1000 - 1800
Thursday: 1000 - 1800
Friday: 1000 - 1800
Saturday: 1000 - 1800
Sunday: 1000 - 1800
Closed on French Bank holidays
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Tube : St Paul (1), Chemin Vert (8).

Behind one of the most beautiful hôtel particulier in Paris is found a genuinely Parisian museum. The oldest of the municipal museums tells the story of Paris from a bygone era (a prehistoric dugout canoe dating from 4600 BC) to the present day.

Although it is essentially a history museum, the museum Carnavalet is nevertheless an art gallery exhibiting mostly original works in keeping with the spirit of the genius of Paris.

Visitors can discover different rooms in styles ranging from the 17th to the 20th century, they can follow developments in Parisian interior design, immerse themselves in revolutionary history from the French Revolution to the Paris Commune, and also enter into the private lives of famous Parisians, imagining for example, the Marquise de Sévigné at her Chinese laquerwork desk penning her famous missives, or even Marcel Proust in his bedroom, dividing his time between his brass bed and his little table covered in pens, ink and notebooks…

The presence of works of art, the bond created with famous people from varied intellectual, political and artistic backgrounds in the capital and also the emotional impact of the historical scenes are what make this history museum so original and contribute to the unique atmosphere which it conveys of the City of Light down the centuries.

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Past exhibitions at Museum Carnavalet - now closed:
Micheal Kenna 28th Oct 2014 - 1st Feb 2015
Napoléon and Paris, dreams of a capital 8th Apr 2015 - 30th Aug 2015
Paris freed, Paris photographed, Paris exhibited 11th Jun 2014 - 8th Feb 2015
The inheritance of Le Marais. 50 years since the Malraux Act 4th Nov 2015 - 28th Feb 2016
The Novel of a wardrobe : the parisian chic from the Belle époque to the 1930s 17th Oct 2013 - 16th Mar 2014