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Musée des Arts Forains – fairground artifacts and quirky curiosities

Le Musée des Arts Forains in Paris 12 is a museum dedicated to ancient fairground artifacts, theatre and music-hall objects and other curiosities. This museum is usually open for private events (by appointment) BUT from time to time, during special occasions and only for a few days, the management decides to open it also to the public. If you are visiting Paris with kids or looking for a more local experience in Paris, don’t miss this museum, you will have a blast.

Musée Arts Forains

LE MUSÉE DES ARTS FORAINS IS A LIVING MUSEUM

Unlike other museums, le Musée des Arts Forains is not behind a display cabinet or a cord: all the fairground artifacts are working so children (and not that children) can enjoy them. The ticket price includes two rides or games and, believe me, it was not enough for us ; -)

Musée Arts Forains

ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL FAIRGROUND COLLECTIONS IN THE WORLD

Jean-Paul Favand is the owner and collector of one of the most beautiful collections of ancient carousels. Stage designer, he has created in this museum four different spaces using light, mirrors, music, and papier-mâché: la Rue Jardin, the Venetian Saloons, le Théâtre du Merveilleux and le Musée des Arts Forains. Welcome to another world, a timeless world where elegant carousels, forgotten fair plays and automatons singing opera will bewitch children and adults. This has nothing to see with “Mickey Land”, this museum is a superb show!

Musée Arts Forains

Musée des Arts Forains

THE OLDEST CAROUSEL IN THE WORLD

The Musée des Arts Forains is also special because it owns the oldest carousel in the world: a carousel formed by velocipedes dating from 1860! No need to say that this carousel was THE public’s sensation at that time, a carousel 100% ecological because it works without electricity and only the strength of our legs is necessary. This was my chosen ride and I tried hard to follow but the carousel was running so fast that I had to raise my legs up. Big fail, I guess, haha.

Musée Arts Forains

MUSÉE DES ARTS FORAINS -PRACTICAL INFO

Le Musée des Arts Forains is in Paris 12. 53 Avenue des Terroirs de France; M. Cour St Emilion L14; Vélib Station #12034 or #12110.

The museum is opened to the public during Les Journées Européennes du Patrimoine (next time on 16-17 September 2017) and Le Festival du Merveilleux (december). During the rest of the year it is possible to visit it ONLY previous reservation on infos@pavillons-de-bercy.com

Tickets : Full price 14€, children 6€. Each ticket includes two rides or games. Extra rides cost 1,5€

 

Do you like carousels and fairground artifacts? Have you seen any similar museum around the world?

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  • Carmen's Luxury Travel
    11/24/2016 at 1:15 am

    From 1860?! That’s very impressive! What a unique and fun place to visit, thanks for sharing 🙂

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