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Musée Carnavalet 
History of Paris

Musee Carnavalet : 23 Rue de Sévigné, 75004.  Metro: Saint Paul. Tel. 01-44-59-58-58. Open every day except Monday and Holidays.

musee carnavalet museum

The Carnavalet Museum is located in the heart of the historical Marais, at the angle of the street of the Francs-Bourgeois and the street of Sévigné.  It represents one of the prettiest cultural walks of Paris by the number of its masterpieces of curiosity.  Moreover, this museum is entirely free and is addressed to all public.  It occupies two sumptuous private mansions Renaissance whose Carnavalet hotel built in 1548 but modernized in its time by François Mansart and in which lived Madame de Sévigné.  Just beside, the hotel Peletier de Saint-Fargeau houses the relics of the prehistory of Paris until the Gallo-Roman time.  This museum deals entirely with the history of Paris from the orgine to the Belle Epoque with the beginning of the XXème century.  Room after room, the history of the city tells the times and the centuries, according to paintings, flags, signs, models, photographs of Atget, of Brassaï or Doisneau among many other, strange objects such as the street signs of the old disappeared trades, the keys of the Bastille or the first declarations of the rights of man posted in the streets after the Revolution. Another treasure : the last letter written by Robespierre, a few seconds before its arrest, still tried of its blood and on which its unfinished signature just lets see a R....  Rooms 19 and 20 preserved ceilings painted by Charles the Brown one.  After having finished the visit, it is possible to rest in the style French gardens inside the Hotel.

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