Carnavalet Museum

The Carnavalet museum tells the history and life in Paris, and is also one of the main museums of the French capital. The capital of France is a real paradise for museum lovers. And the Carnavalet Museum is one of the main museums in the whole city of Paris. It is a space entirely dedicated to the preservation of the history of the French capital from its origins to the present day. The museum is located in two grand mansions, the Hôtel Carnavalet (dating from the 16th century) and the Hôtel Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau (built in the 17th century) in the Marais area of the 3rd arrondissement – one of the city’s most beautiful and historic areas that you can’t miss.

What to see at the museum

It presents exhibitions and rich collections from the Franco-Roman and medieval periods, memorabilia from the years of the French Revolution, paintings, sculptures, furniture and objets d’art, as well as representations of the greats of that era.

The Carnavalet Museum has a very rich collection of more than 600,000 objects: paintings, drawings, engravings, posters, stained glass windows, photographs, sculptures, archaeological ceramic objects, numismatics and furniture. They are all located in 140 different rooms. The objects and furniture that describe the life of the Parisian population during the last centuries are very pleasant to visit inside the museum, especially the room in which the writer Marcel Proust died while writing the work In Search of Lost Time.


The collections are presented in reconstructed spaces that evoke the atmosphere of the 14th and 15th centuries.

Be sure to relax in the museum’s beautiful gardens. The museum is the oldest of the museums owned by the municipality of Paris, dating back to 1880, and one of the most incredible to really show you what it was like to live in a past era. It is one of the main museums in Paris and France and is well worth a visit during your city tour. Plus, admission is free.

How to get to the museum

23 Rue de Sévigné, 75003 Paris

metro : line 1 station Saint-Paul and line 8 station Chemin Vert

Opening hours : Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
Price : free.