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Musée Carnavalet

This museum covers the history of Paris from the pre-Roman era up to the modern times.

The museum is housed in the joined townhouses that were once the Hôtel Carnavalet and Hôtel Le Peletier. The former was built in 1548 by Nicolas Dupuis. The latter, considered a true Renaissance masterpiece, was constructed in the mid-1600s and was home to a famous Parisian and aristocrat, Madame de Sévigné, wife of the Marquis de Sévigné. She was best known for her letters to her daughter, which were copied and made public and eventually made her famous throughout the country.

The museum began to take shape at Hôtel Carnavalet with the rooms of Hôtel Le Peletier added in 1989 to house more modern artifacts. Inside each of the mansions, entire rooms have been recreated to reflect a particular time period. The many rooms include an 18th century Louis XIV salon ordained with ornate gold-leaf paneling and a lilac Louis XV room with paneling from the Hôtel de Broglie. You will also find a recreated early 20th century ballroom with large murals from Paris Hôtel de Wendel.

Museum address: 23 rue de Sevigne, 75003, Paris France
Area: Marais
Arrondissement: 3rd
Opening times: Open daily from 10am - 6pm, except Mondays, Sundays and holidays of Easter and Pentecost.
Transport: M° (Métro) - St-Paul (M1), M° (Métro) - Chemin Vert (M8); Bus - 29, 69, 76, 96
Entry Cost: Free of charge (permanenet exhibitions)