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Musee des Arts Forains, Paris

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Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
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 truly amazing experience. Was organised by work. We had use of all the old amusements and this really takes you back to the innocence of your childhood. The drinks and food were alps top notch and.....  more »
  • Interesting and peculiar museum. Not my style from my taste having so many amazing museums in Paris. Even though the neighborhood in interesting specially the Bercy Village with so many restaurants...  more »
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  • We heard about this place shortly before arrived in Paris. I was told it was a great place for the young and old and I had to check it out. During the summer they offer English tours. Most people end up doing the French tours with English handout during the off-summer times. Our host, Maria or Marie (I believe) was excellent. This place is your childhood taken back 100 years. It is creepy and spooky and mysterious and a true experience. It has been a long time since my 30 something year old mind was blown. This place did it! You get to ride 100 year old Merry Go Rounds. They have puppet shows and performances and the most impressive projection shows you have ever seen. You can only buy tickets online for this place. Also if you have kids with you , right around the corner is the T3a tram stop taking you to the Paris Zoo. This place and the Zoo is a full day and well worth the trip. Every time we come to Paris we are coming back to this marvelous place
  • I went here for the christmas special theme, which is held without guided tour. I think in the rest of the year, it is only possible by tour. There were a lot of kids, but it is just as fun as for the adults. Some attractions are inside, but you have to have a attraction ticket(not the entry ticket) to ride it. Also a lot to see, some shows to see and lot of fun toys. I spent 2 hours inside the museum. Recommended.
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