The most Parisian of the French museums

Jardins du Musée Carnavalet © Musée Carnavalet – C. Iregui

In the shadow of famous Parisian museums such as le Louvre, le musée d’Orsay or Pompidou centre, there is a great and charming museum that you need to visit if you want to know more about the City of Light: the Carnavalet museum. Inaugurated in 1880 and located in a remarkable architectural setting (two mansions in the Marais district, in the heart of Paris near the renowned place des Vosges), the most Parisian of the French museums will tell you the story of the city from its beginning to the present day. With about 600,000 art pieces spread over more than one hundred rooms, the musée Carnavalet houses the largest set of collections from the city of Paris. It is also one of the rare examples of Renaissance architecture in Paris, alongside the Louvre’s courtyard. The famous Marquise de Sévigné resided also there from 1677 to 1696.
Even though it is essentially a history museum, the musée Carnavalet is also an art gallery with temporary exhibitions focusing on a theme, an artist or a period of time, which underlines some specific aspects of Paris.


Salon XVIIe – Musée Carnavalet © DAC – Antoine Dumont.JPG

Pour mieux connaître l’histoire de la ville lumière, voici une adresse incontournable : le musée Carnavalet. Inauguré en 1880, le plus parisien des musées, vous fera découvrir l’histoire de Paris, depuis ses plus lointaines origines jusqu’à nos jours. Situé dans deux magnifiques hôtels particuliers du quartier du Marais, près de la fameuse place des Vosges, l’hôtel Carnavalet accueille le plus important ensemble de collections de la Ville de Paris (environ 600.000 œuvres réparties dans plus de 100 salles). C‘est aussi l’un des rares témoins de l’architecture Renaissance à Paris avec la cour carrée du Louvre. La célèbre Marquise de Sévigné, fut aussi locataire de ces lieux de 1677 à 1696.
A noter que chaque année, plusieurs expositions temporaires mettent en valeur certains aspects de l’histoire de Paris, en privilégiant un thème, un artiste ou encore une période historique.

Musée Carnavalet
23 rue de Sévigné, 75003 Paris

 

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