Musée Carnavalet, history of Paris

Continuing with great museums of Paris, a lifetime is needed, but we will try, right ::) This is another one in a nice area, and full of the history of Paris, the city museum.

The Musée Carnavalet, has more than 100 rooms in two adjoining buildings of the 16C and 17C in the Marais neighborhood area of Paris, one of which, lived Madame de Sévigné, located at 23 rue de Sévigné, 75003, metro St Paul line 1.

In effect the two buildings are those of  the hôtel Carnavalet(b. 1544)  and the hôtel Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau (b. 1687) ,both linked by a gallery with in between the lycée Victor Hugo (high school) . The story of the buildings is that the one of the Peletier de Saint Fargeau had voted for the execution of king Louis XVI during the French revolution ,and later assassinated by a bodyguard of the king in 1793. this later building is richly decorated with amongst other  the cabinet of the hotel de Villacerf in painted wooden polychrome motifs; the grand cabinet and one room of the hotel de la Rivière, with its ceilings and tapestries done by Charles Le Brun; two objects of Louis XV style decorated and designed by architect Claude Nicolas Ledoux,both examples of neo Classical period, the café militaire, ,the stairs of Luynes and its composition in trompe-l’oeil ; 8 objects of styles Louis XV and Louis XVI like the cabinet doré, room/chambre polychrome, petit salon, salon bleu, salon gris, and salon turquoise;  twelves rooms dedicated to the French revolution; the room of the Second Empire , and the room of Marcel Proust where he wrote ” À la recherche du temps perdu ” . The Hôtel Carnavalet was lived by Madame de Sévigné from 1677 to 1696.

If you want to know the history of the city of Paris, this is the museum to come to. And as such is managed by the city of Paris cultural dept.  It is open from 10h to 18h, except Mondays, holidays, and the Sundays of Easter and pentecost. The admission to its permanent collection is free!  Temporary exhibition may have a charge, there is ,also, a library open 10-18h open Tuesdays to Sundays.

As I do to help these wonderful properties you too can help defray its cost by becoming a Friend of Carnavalet, the official site in French is at

The official city webpage also part of the city hall or mayors office of Paris is at  ; the front is in English once you go in is in French, the pdf file at the musée Carnavalet can be printed in English with all museum information.

Nearby ,there are good eating areas, very touristic in my opinion, but there are some good ones such an old favorite of many get together with co workers the Café des Musées, 49 Rue de Turenne.deco 1900, formules from 12,50€ . Les Cave Saint Gilles, 4 rue Saint Gilles,bar a tapas, spanish with hams hanging and lively, fun. You can go to the branch of my all time favorites places in Paris, Carette, Enjoy Paris and its museums ::)


Musée Carnavalet entrance at 23 rue de Sevigne

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