The Musée Carnavalet is made up of two monumental buildings, both previously hotels in another life. Each of its rooms offer an insight into the history of Paris through the ages and its progressive interior design trends, including one room that accounts for the last days of Louis XVI.
The museum is full of period rooms housing furniture, sculptures, ceramics, tapestries and paintings depicting everything from the French Revolution to simple portrayals of class difference. The landscape paintings explore the city’s social and architectural changes over the generations. There’s also a fascinating section on the prehistory of Paris with the remains of a canoe dating back to 4,600 BC.
As with every great townhouse, the Musée Carnavalet keeps a beautiful garden well worth taking the time to stroll and enjoy. They also offer a chance to drink in the style and architecture of the Carnavalet buildings.
The Musée Carnavalet’s bookshop specializes in all things Parisian, from decorative Eiffel Tower gadgets to books about the French Revolution, the golden age of France, and the streets of Paris. Want to learn about the beautiful, and often hidden mansions of Paris or watch a guided visit of the city of lights on DVD? The gift shop of this beautiful museum offers all of that and more.
Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 – 17:45
23 rue Sevigne
+33 (0) 1 44 59 58 58
Tuesday – Saturday 10.00 – 18.00
Metro: Saint-Paul (M1), Chemin Vert (M8)