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Carnavalet Museum (Musée Carnavalet) Tours and Activities

Carnavalet Museum (Musée Carnavalet)
Housed in two grand manors in the Marais, the Musée Carnavalet is one of Paris’ most important institutions. The official museum of the history of Paris, it houses over 600,000 objects, from rare paintings to articles once owned by Napoleon. An intensive renovation is currently expanding its galleries and modernizing its facilities.

The Basics
One of the few examples of Renaissance architecture in Paris and one of the oldest town houses in the city, the Hôtel Carnavalet was first acquired by the city in 1866, under the advice of Baron von Haussmann. The museum opened within the manor in 1880 and quickly grew; just over a century later, the Musée Carnavalet officially expanded into the Hôtel Le Peletier de Saint Fargeau, another impressive manor located just next door. In 2016, the museum closed to the public to undergo a major renovation,which is ongoing.

The Musée Carnavalet is included on walking tour itineraries of the Marais and is also easy to visit independently.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Musée Carnavalet is one of Paris’ oldest museums and welcomes upwards of 400,000 visitors annually.
  • The landmark is as renowned for its architectural beauty as its collection and has been a certified Historic Monument since the mid-19th century.
  • Following its revamp, the Musée Carnavalet will be fully accessible to disabled visitors.
  • As part of its renovation, the museum is host to a new tearoom, which overlooks its gardens and is accessible even when the museum is closed.
  • The museum has its own smartphone app, which visitors can use to purchase tickets, source information, and embark on an audio tour of the collections.

How to Get There
The museum is conveniently located in the heart of the popular Marais district. If traveling by Metro, take line 1 to Saint-Paul or line 8 to Chemin Vert. It is also served by bus lines 29, 69, 76, and 96 and can be reached on foot, by car, or by Vélib’ bike.

When to Get There
The Musée Carnavalet is closed for renovation until the beginning of 2020, after which it opens Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 6pm. The museum hosts an array of temporary exhibitions, as well as workshops and other events, so it’s worth making return journeys.

Collection Highlights
The Musée Carnavalet features a wide range of collection highlights, from a 16th-century scale model of Paris to objects that belonged to Napoleon and Émile Zola. Other notable items include paintings by Jacques-Louis David and a reconstruction of the room where Marcel Proust wrote his masterpiece, In Search of Lost Time.

Please note: The Musée Carnavalet is currently closed to the public for renovations. The reopening is scheduled for 2020.
Address: 16 rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris, France
Admission: Varies
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Le Marais District & Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

Le Marais District & Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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Experience the oldest part of Paris with this guided walking tour of Le Marais. Along with a guide and a small group, you'll explore this historic district, passing through old parks and courtyards as your guide regales you with historic tales. You'll also get to spend some time in the old Jewish Quarter, full of kosher shops and restaurants and home to a large Parisian Jewish population to this day.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Le Marais: Secret Stories & Invisible Details Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap

Le Marais: Secret Stories & Invisible Details Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap

Many visitors to Paris never explore farther than the iconic sights, but the City of Light is made up of a number of captivating neighborhoods. Discover one of the most fascinating with this self-guided audio tour of Le Marais. Set off at the time you choose to stroll through the picturesque streets, listening to details about the area’s history and culture and discovering delightful gardens, shops, and eateries as you go.
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  • 40 minutes
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Paris Le Marais Historical Walking Tour with Wine & Cheese Tasting

Paris Le Marais Historical Walking Tour with Wine & Cheese Tasting

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Feast your senses on a 2-hour walking and tasting tour of Paris’ fashionable Le Marais district. Stroll through the charming streets with a guide while learning about the aristocratic history of this neighborhood filled with medieval architecture and high-end galleries. Take in the sights and smells of the Le Marché des Enfants Rouges market, and then head to a local bistro to taste a variety of artisanal cheeses paired with French wine. Group size is limited to eight people for a more intimate experience.
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Le Marais District & Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

Le Marais District & Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

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With its winding, cobblestoned lanes and centuries-old mansions, the Marais is the heart of historic Paris. Get up close and personal with the former royal neighborhood during this in-depth guided walking tour, which covers all the top highlights. Get a peek at the Place des Vosges, one of the oldest public squares in Paris, and explore the bustling Jewish quarter, following in the footsteps of Parisian nobility.
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Marais District 2-Hour Private Walking Tour in Paris

Marais District 2-Hour Private Walking Tour in Paris

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Discover the many delights of the Marais district on this private 2-hour walking tour in Paris. Stroll through the iconic Place de Vosges as a private guide sheds light on the Marais district’s colorful history. Pass sleek art galleries, busy bistros, and chic boutiques, and take in top attractions such as the Museum of Judaism and the Pompidou Center, Explore the Marais’ vibrant gay culture and admire fine views over famous sites including Anna Frank's garden, the Carnavalet Museum, and the Hotel de Ville.
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Paris’ Hidden Gems in Le Marais

Paris’ Hidden Gems in Le Marais

Want to feel like a local? You have to go where they go. Welcome to Le Marais. This stylish neighborhood is filled with trendy shops, medieval alleys, and unusual attractions many travelers miss. But it’s where Parisians come to play. You’ll understand why with this immersive walking tour of Le Marais. You might even feel a little Parisian yourself at the end. Led by your local guide, you’ll explore the Marais’ rich history and modern appeal, from the old Jewish quarter to the vibrant LGBT community. See the Pompidou Center, the so-called “inside-out building” and visit the Place des Vosges where Victor Hugo once lived Our tour ends at the Village Saint-Paul, beloved for its cobblestone streets, art galleries, antiques, and more. It’s the perfect place to relax, drink, eat, and shop — now that you feel right at home. Your guide can share tips on where to spend the rest of your afternoon if you want to stay longer. Once you’re here, it’s hard to say goodbye to Le Marais.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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