Thursday, March 8, 2012

Musée Carnavalet

A rainy day in Paris called for a day indoors so we decided to visit Musée Carnavalet in the 3eme arrondissement.  This museum, located within the historic Hôtel Carnavalet and Hôtel Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau, houses a large permanent collection chronicling the history of Paris from the 16th to the 20th century.  The permanent collection includes furniture, paintings, sculptures and other memorabilia and is free to view all year round.
The grounds of the hotel are also quite lovely, the interior courtyard is seen here through a stained glass window on the 1st floor of the museum.

As I am more of a design aficionado than a history buff, I was most enthralled by the rooms decorated in styles from the 16th to the 20th century revealing developments in Parisian interior design across the eras.  The ornate chandeliers and wall panels were exquisite.  Unfortunately they didn't photograph very well on such a dreary day, but I have included a couple of examples below.

I also really liked these mosaic artworks, "La Parisienne" and "Le Parisien" by Jean-Louis Forain (1852-1931).

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