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The first museum you should go to in Paris is this superb 140-room collection dedicated to the history of the city itself.
A mammoth’s molar; the chair in which Volatire died; Robespierre’s shaving dish. The collection of the Musée Carnavalet (the first municipal museum in Paris) documents the history of the... Full review →
If it has to do with Parisian history, it's here. A fascinating hodgepodge of artifacts and art. Full review →
If you enjoy history, but history tomes bore you, spend some time here for insight into Paris's past. Full review →
Located in Mme. de Sévigné’s beautiful, 16th-century hôtel particulier and the neighboring Hôtel Le Peletier de St-Fargeau, this meticulously arranged and engaging museum traces... Full review →
This enormous museum, subtitled Histoire de Paris (History of Paris), is housed in two hôtels particuliers. Full review →
Housed in two sumptuous mansions, the Hôtel Carnavalet and the Hôtel Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau, the museum relates the story of Paris from prehistoric times to the modern era. Full review →
The entire history of Paris in an outstanding architectural ensemble. Full review →
Housed in two 16th century mansions, the Carnavalet Museum details Paris's history back to its earliest Neolithic roots. Recreations of salons and drawing rooms, dozens of paintings from... Full review →