Musée Carnavalet

Museum in Le Marais, Ménilmontant & Belleville

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Paris' history museum, spanning Gallo-Roman times onwards, rambles over a pair of remarkable hôtels particuliers (private mansions), the 1560-built Hôtel Carnavalet and 1688-built Hôtel Le Peletier de St-Fargeau.

The museum is closed entirely until 2020 for major renovations that will make it more accessible, including for travellers with disabilities, but the courtyards remain open to the public while work's under way.