This is an often-overlooked museum, but it actually holds some incredible things. The museum opened in 1880 and features many works of art and the history of Paris. Connected by a gallery, this institution takes up two former hotels, the Carnavalet, and Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau.
On exhibit are artifacts from the French Revolution, items from the medieval period, photographs, and other interesting objects.
One of the most interesting things I saw during my visit there was some hair that had been taken off the blade of the guillotine after the beheading of King Louis XVI. There are also shoes from Marie Antoinette, Robespierre’s attaché case, a model of the guillotine, and many artworks that exhibit the fall of the monarchy.
In the Hall of Signs, you will find original signs that date from the 17th to 20th centuries. Among the advertising, you will find the famous Chat Noir cabaret sign from the 19th century.
If you enjoy the writings of Marcel Proust, step into his cork-lined, reconstructed bedroom where you will see his blue bed where it is said that he wrote a number of his books. A lock of his hair was cut upon his death and is displayed in a frame.
This is a rather large museum so set aside at least 3-4 hours to walk through.
Unless you just want to start chronologically or have all day to explore, I would suggest you start at the top floor where the exhibits from the French Revolution are displayed.
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