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Musee des Arts Forains
Ranked #18 of 2,252 things to do in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Pavillons de Bercy-Musée des Arts Forains house one of the largest collections of entertainment and fairground art's objects. They are located in ancient wine warehouses built by a Gustave Eiffel apprentice in the end of the 19th century. Discover the site and its four venues: Théatre du Merveilleux (Thetre of Marvels), Salons Vénitiens (Venetian Rooms), Théâtre de Verdure (Vegetal outdoor area) and the Musée des Arts Forains (Museum àof Fairground Art), all displayed with themes such as Cabinet of curiosities, Venetian carnival, Extraordinary gardens and funfairs of the Belle Epoque (End of the 19th century). This private museum is opende throughout the year, only by apointement in order to experiment the spirit of the place in a lively and participative tour. The guides takes the visitor on an out of time journey, enables them to ride carousels and listen to an automaton show. The Pavillons de Bercy are opened to visit throughout the year only by appointment. And exceptionnally without booking twice a year during the European Heritage Days and Festival du Merveilleux. All the venues can also be rented for private events.
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Reviewed 26 July 2018

Incredible museum, but it doesn't feel like a stuffy museum. Equally fun for adults and kids. Our guide was Marie and she passionate and engaging. She made this fun for everyone. I was so surprised that they let you ride these amazing and beautiful carousels and play the vintage games. Your guide takes you through multiple warehouses filled with carnival and theatrical props. This is a unique experience and one that shouldn't be missed! NOTE that you must purchase and reserve your tour online, in advance.

1  Thank soonergirl1991
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Reviewed 24 July 2018

Not knowing what to expect I was thrilled to explore this beautiful collection. Our tour guide MAX was a gem: enthusiastic and I felt that he simply loved what he was doing. And I like that fact that there are interactive parts where we all had to do things :-) I recommend this to every age groun - it is simply fun!

1  Thank Marion R
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Reviewed 24 July 2018

Fantastic exhibition and interactive fun run by an engaging tour leader. Commentary was in French but it didn't bother us, there was too much to look at and enjoy. Children seemed to love it as much as adults.

1  Thank GerryAnderson
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Reviewed 17 July 2018

Important! This is a privately owned museum and you must make reservations for a tour. You cannot just arrive and go in. That said...it is so worth it to make the effort.

We've been twice, and been lucky enough to have English tours both times from the same guide (Marine); she is enthusiastic and high energy and makes the tour a real joy.

You can see things you can never see anywhere else...and some of it you can play and/or ride on! You'll see a 4 minute opera performed by automatons. You compete against others in a mechanical horse race. Ride the bicycle powered merry-go-round from the 1850s. There is a mechanical band that runs off punch cards like a player piano. It's a warehouse full of unique, really interesting stuff.

There are so many neat things to do in Paris...don't let this one slip by.

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Reviewed 11 July 2018

Was very interested in seeing Musee des Arts Forains as something a little different. There are some beautiful displays and rides, and getting to ride on these was the best part. Our tour was in French, so I'm guessing we missed out on quite a bit. Would have been nice for the displays to have written information so we could have read up on pieces ourselves. Could be spectacular with some funding.

Thank Veggie81
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