Musée Carnavalet provides bilingual audio guided tours in French, Spanish, and English to visitors along with real guided tours for both children and adults from time to time. However, you should still reserve tickets for getting guidance from the museum staff when you are exploring the cultural fests and individual lectures inside the museum in Paris. You may choose to include this alongside the private Louvre museum tour to cap off a wonderful exploration of fine arts in Paris city.
Carnavalet Museum resides on two townhouses at the Rue des Francs Bourgeois Street in the city. The museum displays artworks from the 16th Century to the 20th Century and sheds light on the history and legacy of Paris. This is a must-visit place, especially if you are into fine arts and heirlooms that have lasted throughout several centuries. Below are some of the highlights of Musée Carnavalet in Le Marais district that echoes a carnival feel.
‘Cradle of the Imperial Prince’
This ceremonial object in the museum is a gift from Paris City to Napoleon III of France and his queen consort Eugénie de Montijo when the emperor’s only child Napoléon, Prince Imperial was born in 1856. The artifact that has lasted for generations is put on display at the Carnavalet in all its glory. The historical artifact is comparable only to a few other heirlooms.
‘The Cake Lady’ Self Portrait by Marie Antoinette
Queen consort of Louis XVI of France was nicknamed the ‘cake lady’. The portrait of Queen of France shows portions of her private room, personal desk, and other belongings on canvas. Many films and journals have given the Queen a somewhat flamboyant personality in ancient France. Her personality is subject to some critical overview by visitors at the Carnavalet Museum. Make sure to check out “The Cake Lady” portrait while you are visiting the museum during a Paris city tour.
Section Dedicated to French Revolution
The French wartime adage, ‘Vive la République,’ means an ode to the endurance of the French empire. It encapsulates the whole French Revolution, its chaos, and importance in one section of the Carnavalet Museum. Moreover, portions of this particular section come to life alongside a narrated bibliography making it an ideal place to travel back to the historic events that changed the landscape of France.