Musée Carnavalet, history of Paris!

I am coming back at your with my Paris city of lights and beauty beyond description. And I like to re post my previous on the Carnavalet museum of Paris. This is the museum on the history of Paris and well worth your detour.

Paris has a lot of museums and many work of arts that do not find the public space for lack of money space or else but the treasures are huge kept in many buildings and basements all over France. One great museum of Paris, the Carnavalet museum 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 (from 1677 to 1696, located at 23 rue de Sévigné, 75003, metro St Paul line 1.


A bit on the quartier Marais or neighborhood: Tourist office of Paris on the Marais

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 ” or in search of lost time.

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.

Bear in mind the Carnavalet museum is close until end of 2019 for renovations. More info in English here: Official city of Paris on the Carnavalet museum

Nearby ,there are good eating areas, very touristic in my opinion, but there are some good ones such as old favorite of many get together with co workers the Le Café des Musées, 49 Rue de Turenne.deco 1900.

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, at place des Vosges:

Enjoy Paris and its museums! I was friend of the museum but drop it as too many and already on several. Nevertheless, it is highly recommended for a visit and to get to know Paris.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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2 Comments to “Musée Carnavalet, history of Paris!”

  1. This is on my must visit list as it’s been closed for renovations the last few times I’ve been in Paris.

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