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Musee des Arts Forains

53 avenue des Terroirs de France, 75012 Paris, France
+33 1 43 40 16 22
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One of the best programs for kids in Paris

The "Musée des Arts Forains" is certainly a wonderful entertainment for children in Paris (up to 10... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Gil M
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
via mobile
Magical and sometimes creepy place

The museum is open to all without reservation a couple of times a year, and we managed to hit it in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
San Francisco, CA
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
53 avenue des Terroirs de France, 75012 Paris, France
Bercy / Nation
+33 1 43 40 16 22
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The "Musée des Arts Forains" is certainly a wonderful entertainment for children in Paris (up to 10 years). Adults will find their place with all historic toys and equipment still in use conditions + all animations like old circus. Fast lunch options are available, but...More

Thank Gil M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is open to all without reservation a couple of times a year, and we managed to hit it in its winter opening. Enter into a dark and magical place, with trapeze artists, strolling musicians and an amazing construction called a velocipede, a 19th...More

Thank MJWSanFrancisco_CA
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent shows....Well organised and maintained. Can recommend to anybody to go there and spent a couple of hours.

Thank Kurt B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took a trip back to yesteryear and wasn't disapppinted. Arrived and paid €14 for entry, and immediately watched a dance show. We played old-time fairground games and rode a pedal-merry-go-round. Outside there was a street performance with a lot of different instruments and costumes. Really...More

Thank Daniel M
Reviewed 27 November 2017

Not open every day so better check before going . A large collection of rides , funfair attractions . Something for everyone young and old . Unusual and a discovry for the very young . A change from computer games ......

Thank jaagaume
Reviewed 20 November 2017

We went there with our company, the museum was closed for others visitors so we had the possibility to really enjoy the time spend inside and outside. Some XIX century merry-go round or fairground are workind and you can test them ! It's so much...More

Thank AgaFrancja
Reviewed 11 November 2017

You need to reserve a guided tour to be able to visit this magical place. Off the beaten track but WELL worth it if you love old circus and fairground memorabilia.

Thank Barbara W
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

This museum on the edge of Paris is only viewable by appointment. Tours are held at specific times and you can only visit with a guide so don’t go expecting to be admitted. Buy tickets in advance. French tours are available throughout the year but...More

Thank Corn1789
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

We attended an event based in this lovely museum which displays antique fairground games and ornaments. It offered quite a magical atmosphere very different to the usual business hotel places. As it is in Paris, you can take the public transport or drive to it...More

1  Thank PduFou
Reviewed 1 October 2017

This place is fantastic. The guide supposed to speak French only, but we got a lovely italian guy, who explained almost everything in English to us. We got some brochure in English at the entrance as well. They let you ride several carousels and play...More

1  Thank Viktória S
Bercy / Nation
Nestled between the Seine, Bastille, and Père Lachaise
lies a peaceful side of town where wide avenues and
impressive buildings accompany green spaces and small
parks. Landscaped havens are plentiful, from the Bercy
Park to La Coulée Verte and most impressively the Bois
de Vincennes, which even contains a medieval castle on
its doorstep. For an escape from the masses head to
this calming neighbourhood where real Parisians make
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29 July 2017|
Response from Molina E | Reviewed this property |
Hello, The are several dates that that museum is closed, on the other hand you must have a reservation other wise you would not have access as they don't have a counter to sell tickets. On the top part to your left hand... More
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17 May 2017|
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Response from ririo | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for my late answer I was out in Italy. Rates are 16 € per adult 8 € children 4 to 11 Little known in Paris but obviously for chocoholics is the "musée du chocolat" they have a web site 28 Boulevard de Bonne... More
4 May 2016|
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Response from Rumples | Reviewed this property |
Yes, visitors are alliwed to take photos. No restrictions whatsoever.