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  • Writer's pictureMallory Warner

Visit Paris: Le musée Carnavalet

Le musée Carnavalet is a small museum akin to a cabinet of curiosities containing the history of Paris. Planning a visit to the museum early in your stay gives you an orientation into the ages of Paris, its historical sites, and the stories behind the facades. You can trace the city's history from its beginnings as a settlement on the Île de la Cité, through the kings of France and the revolution, to modern-day Paris. One of my favorite exhibits is the collection of old business placards and signs that once lined the capital's streets.

While the museum's collections give the visitor a comprehensive snapshot of the history of Paris, the building itself is worth a visit. Opened in 1880 in the l'Hotel Carnavalet, the museum is the oldest in Paris. The museum is made up of two hotel particulers, the l’hôtel des Ligneris and Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau. These two 19th-century mansions give the museum a cozy air and give visitors a stunning central courtyard to relax and refresh.

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday and is free for all guests. For more information on the museum, visit

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