Musee des Arts Forains, Paris

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#16 of 148 in Museums in Paris
Musee 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. Plan my trip to Paris with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • A return to childhood. A magical setting done for (daydream). Probably one of the more picturesque to visit in Paris. The visit is especially attractive it is commented by intermittent artists in the show who don't take themselves seriously, but who do their job very well.
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  • Very original but above all an incredible collection and a desire to perpetuate the history and magic of these rides out of time. The guide was incredibly funny and patient. And of course you can test some attractions for a small trip out of time.
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  • With our colleagues and their families we participated in a tour of the Museum of Carnival arts. 1 h 30 magic and wonderful. The place is gorgeous, mesmerizing... We can do a few rounds of rides. A remake!
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