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VB00X Paris History Series: Within The Walls of the Musée Carnavalet

  • 08 Feb 2022
  • 08 Mar 2022
  • 2 sessions
  • 08 Feb 2022, 3:50 PM 5:20 PM (RST)
  • 08 Mar 2022, 2:30 PM 4:00 PM (RST)
  • 23 Rue de Sévigné, 75003, Paris Metro: Saint Paul (line 1)
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  • WICE Members and Guests: Complete Series (2 visits)
  • 3:50 - 5:20PM
    WICE Members & Guests
  • 2:30 - 4:00
    WICE Members & Guest


After nearly five years of closure and a €55 million makeover, the Musée Carnavalet reopened to the public in the Spring of 2021. A hidden gem that's set in two grand buildings dating back to the Renaissance, the Carnavalet first opened in 1888 and is dedicated to the history of the city. Its permanent collection traces Parisian history across over 100 rooms and some 615,000 artifacts, dating from the prehistoric period to the present day

During its closure, unprecedented work was carried out to restore the buildings and their contents in a way that highlights this exceptional heritage. The entire set of 3,800 works displayed, the grand interior decorations and the façades have all been restored.

Whether you attend the entire series, or simply one or more of the  unique English-language guided visits, each Within The Walls of Musee Carnavalet immersive session will give you an exclusive glimpse into the evolution of the Capitol.  

Session 1, Tuesday, 8 February, 2022  3:50PM - 5:20PM

Paris, Capital of Romanticism

From 1830 onwards, for a period of some twenty yeas, Paris was the capital of Romanticism, and home to a generation enthused about the present and passionate about history.  Novels were often reworked for the stage. The portrait busts of well-known celebrities created by sculptor Dantan reflected the effervescence of Parisian cultural life. The French capital attracted talents from all over Europe: writers but also painters, illustrators, and musicians, such as the Hungarian composer Franz Liszt.

This session introduces you to a unique collection comprised of a wide variety of writings, sculptures, engravings, and more from these artists and this period. 

Session 2, Tuesday, 8 March, 2022  2:30 - 4:00PM

Paris in 1900

The transformations of the capital continued to the rhythm of the universal expositions. In 1900, the Grand Palais and Petit Palais replaced the Palais de l’Industrie (1855). They were accessed by a new bridge over the Seine, called the Pont Alexandre III in celebration of Franco-Russian relations. Paris continued its modernization by acquiring an underground rail network,(the metro), and new stations above ground facilitated travel and exchanges. Paris benefitted from improved street lighting at night; six companies supplied the capital with electricity.

For the final visit in our Historical Series, visitors are invited to discover this beautiful collection that reflects Paris in 1900.  

photo credit: ©musee carnavalet/antoine mercusot

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