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Musee des Arts Forains, Paris

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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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  • Truly magical! Even though my French is not great, I am glad we took a chance on this museum. The museum is visually stunning, and a visitor can enjoy the spectacle, the music, the rides, and the... 
    Truly magical! Even though my French is not great, I am glad we took a chance on this museum. The museum is visually stunning, and a visitor can enjoy the spectacle, the music, the rides, and the...  more »
  • What a wonderful place this is! I was in two minds about booking a tour as I was visiting Paris solo on this trip and my French is very rusty, but this was the first time I'd been in Paris on a day... 
    What a wonderful place this is! I was in two minds about booking a tour as I was visiting Paris solo on this trip and my French is very rusty, but this was the first time I'd been in Paris on a day...  more »
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  • This place is amazing! I was expecting kind of a museum with interesting facts and items from Fairground but not at all! The museum is filled with games, shows and interactivity. We spent so much time with my friends trying all activities. Those activities are really affordable, fun, and even when it seems like to have a long queue, it goes pretty fast! Finally, the space is beautiful and it is incredible to find it in the middle of Paris. Shout out to all staff members who do an amazing job at entertaining visitors! I loved it! May be try to go there during morning to have a less crowded place!
  • If you like fairground, circus and carnival rides, as well as circus wood carvings, games, mechanical music players, this is the place for you. We were on a French tour consisting of about 20 people. There was no English translations available for the commentary. So, be aware of that. Our only complaint was that it lasted about 90 minutes and should have been no more than an hour. Kids seem to love it.

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