"Hôtel Carnavalet" Musée Carnavalet Tip by MM212
Musée Carnavalet, Paris: 37 reviews and 89 photos
The Renaissance period Hôtel Carnavalet in the heart of le Marais district houses le Musée de l'histoire de Paris, the History of Paris Museum. The mansion was built in 1548 for le comte de Jacques des Ligneris and is decorated with sculptures representing the four seasons by the famous sculptor Jean Goujon. The stunning mansion owes its current name to the widow of François Kernevenoc’h, from Bretagne who purchased the property in 1578. Her Celtic last name was a mouthful for Parisians so it was changed to Carnavalet; more pleasing to francophone ears. The mansion changed hands a number of times, but one of its most famous residents was la marquise de Sévigné who lived in it in the 17th century. A number of renovations and expansions were made over the years including works by the architect François Mansart in 1660. In 1866, the City of Paris purchased the property and turned it into a museum dedicated to its history. The museum is free of charge and walks the visitor through an impressive collection of paintings and artefacts related to Paris. Most educational is the reconstruction of Paris during mediaeval times, before Napoléon, Haussmann and others permanently changed the face of this ancient city.
Address: 23, rue de Sévigné, le Marais, Paris 3e
Directions: Between Rue Payenne & Rue de Sévigné.
Phone: +33 1 44 59 58 58
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