Carnavalet-History of Paris Museum

  • Museum
  • History

The Carnavalet Museum - History of Paris retraces the history of the capital and of Parisians through a collection of works of great diversity: paintings, sculptures, pieces of furniture, woodwork, art objects, objects of history and memory, signs, photographs, drawings, prints, posters, models, medals, coins, archaeological collections.

After four years of restoration work to offer visitors a redesigned tour of the collections and a more comfortable experience, the City of Paris' oldest museum and one of France's most important museums, with a collection of nearly 625,000 works, is reopening.

Located in the heart of the historic Marais district, in the two renovated and upgraded mansions of Carnavalet (where Madame de Sévigné lived) and Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau, the museum is improving its facilities while providing an ambitious cultural programme.

Designed as an authentic journey through the past and present of Paris, the new tour reveals its greatest historical treasures from prehistory to the present day, over 3,900 m².

Paintings, sculptures, furniture, woodwork, art objects, historical and memorial objects, signs, photographs, drawings, prints, posters, models, medals, coins, archaeological collections, etc. retrace the history of Paris in a unique way: historical, artistic, documentary, sentimental and close to Parisians.

Opening and closing times

Every day throughout the year between 10 am and 6 pm. Closed on Monday. Closed exceptionally on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th. Free access to the permanent collections.

Reservation of a free ticket is compulsory to visit the permanent collections (at the time of reopening).

Reservation of a visit slot for the exhibitions is compulsory.

Cash register closing time at 17:15.


"Reservation fee + entrance fee per person. A fixed price is charged for an activity with a Paris Museums cultural facilitator.
External guide accepted
For more information on fees, contact [email protected]

Dedicated rates for CSE, associations and communities and for tourism professionals.

Free of charge. The permanent exhibition is free.
Temporary exhibitions are subject to a fee. Prices vary from one exhibition to another. For more information, visit the museum's website


Types of customers

  • Cash dispensers


  • Sales TO/Distributors


  • Animals accepted
  • Except guide dogs.


Types of visits available

  • Unguided individual tours on request
  • Guided individual tours on request
  • Unguided group tours on request
  • Guided group tours on request

Average length of visit

  • 60 minutes (individual)
  • 90 minutes (groups)

Services and facilities


  • Lift
  • Toilets


  • Shop


Spoken languages

  • French

Visit languages

  • French

Languages of educational signs

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Audioguide languages

  • Chinese
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Additional information

Children's audioguides available in French, English, Spanish, German, Chinese, Japanese, Russian
Audioguide fee: 5€.
Listening time: 45 minutes

Group visits are possible every day during the museum's opening hours, except on Mondays, public holidays, Saturdays and Sundays after 1 pm.


  • Hearing disability
  • Mental disability
  • Visual disability
  • Accessible for self-propelled wheelchairs
  • Reception staff sensitized to the reception of people with disabilities


Metro: line 1 Saint Paul - Le Marais station
Line 5 Breguet-Sabin station
Line 8 Chemin Vert station
Bus 29, 69, 91, 96

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