Les Pavillons de Bercy - Musée des Arts Forains, Paris

(4.7/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web)
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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  • 2 hours of fun in a museum that we had not specifically want to do but we visited through the pouring rain that happiness through one guide exceptional, you can return to your childhood playing and going on rides and more sets are magical with exceptional automata run you will have a great zmoment
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  • Word of mouth has allowed us to discover this little-known place that interests not only children but also adults. Magical place where we often actors that were the rides of yesteryear. The spirit and our young guide comments bring a more compelling. It is essential to know this place located near the village of Bercy and not far from the library Mitterand
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  • Museum exclusively accessible by appointment and tour. And so much the better! Because the origin and functioning of the rides we are explained and especially, we can test them! What back into childhood. The guide, Fabrice, is incredibly dynamic and passionate. 2 visit effrainee hours skid sometimes to the skit or song, for the good mood of the visitors. We completely cut for getting carried away. Rare are the museums so invigorating!
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  • 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.
  • A surprising place ! Sure, it is a little expensive (around 16 euros) and you have to make a reservation (Internet or phone). But once inside, you are transported to a surreal place. Everything reminded me to the Tim Burton worlds : circus-like characters and objects, but old, low lights...
  • This museum is not free and it is difficult to book and find a time when it is open, also whilst we were there it was all only in french. That said it did not distract from the carnival atmosphere and the sheer joy at seeing all the wonderful unique carnival rides which you could go on and games. The building is wonderful inside and out and we thoroughly enjoyed the visit.
  • Beautiful but boring (mostly cause you have to hear this guide goin on detail about the types of wood used on the attractions and stuff). Best part is that they actually let you play with some of the attractions.
  • À visiter à tout âge.