Les Pavillons de Bercy - Musée des Arts Forains, Paris

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Les Pavillons de Bercy - Musée des Arts Forains contains a colorful collection of antique fairground equipment from 1850 to 1950. The collection has 14 amusement rides, 16 fair stalls and restored attractions, 18 sets of historical works, and 1,522 independent works. The collections include merry-go-rounds and carousels, German swings, hundred-year-old bicycles, Japanese billiards, a Parisian Waiter Race, a Hooghuys Organ, and the grand vizier Ali Pasha. This private fairground museum inside the Pavillons de Bercy is open by reservation only, so be sure to call in advance. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Paris holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Les Pavillons de Bercy - Musée des Arts Forains and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • The closest version to this wonderful carnival museum is New Orleans Mardi Gras museum. Our tour was in French and English. The guy was in remarkable form. It takes about three hours but even then you...  more »
  • This museum shares a 16th century hostel and the remains of the only significant Roman structure left in Paris. The highlights are the treasury and the unicorn tapestries. In addition there are staine...  more »
  • A very unique museum full of wonders! The english speaking tour guide was excellent and the whole place is enchanting. Highly recommend for an off the beaten path experience, especially if you are int...  more »
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  • A wonderful place, worth taking the train to the far end of Paris for. The tour was 1.5h, in French. It's an interactive museum where you can get to try the rides. There is so much to see in this museum, it's decked out from the yard, to the ceilings. Great sound systems and lighting to enhance that feeling of how the décor and games would've been in a night setting The tour guide was very passionate although I do not understand French. Best to find out in advance if you need to join the English tour ahead of time! Tip: Come in pants as you will get to try out the bicycle ride- my favourite
  • This was my favourite site in Paris. Make sure to tell your guide if you don't speak French.
  • Beautiful, joyful. Must see
  • Really cool space with historic fair items and rides. Truly like stepping back in time.
  • Absolutely amazing place. Only downside was the tour was all in French, perhaps a once a day English option would be good. The English booklet was nice but had only about 1/20th of the information that the guide talks about. I still give it 5 stars though, beautiful.