Nov 17, 2009

Musée Carnavalet is located in the Marais neighborhood. The visitor's entrance is at 23, rue de Sévigné. I couldn't imagine that this museum comprises a hundred rooms distributed between the Hotel Carnavalet and the Hotel the Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau. It's dedicated to the history of the city.

The museum covers mainly the 17th century with Madam de Sévigné who lived in the Hotel Carnavalet. The 18th century with the reigns of Louis XV, Louis XVI as well as the Revolution is very well represented. The amateur of old furniture finds at the Carnavalet museum a collection of approximately 800 objects which furnished the Parisian residences of the Renaissance till the 20th century. Most represented are the Louis XV and Louis XVI periods.

The museum department on the French revolution is most spectacular and occupies the 2nd floor of the Hotel Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau. This department illustrates by paintings, engravings, objects, documents, scale models the various stages of the Revolution. There is the storming of the Bastille, the imprisonment and execution of the royal family members, the feast of the Federation, portraits of the revolutionary chiefs, weapons. The 19th c. period which history is complex and which modelled the Paris of today with the vast urban renovation programme of Haussmann.

Station on Paris metro: St Paul