18 Jan. 2023

3 museums to (re)discover in the Marais 

Uniting the capital’s 3rd and 4th Districts, the Marais neighbourhood is the oldest in Paris. Fashionable and keenly sought-after by tourists, it boasts not only a wealth of galleries and designers, but also many of the capital’s must-see museums!

Here are 3 in the Marais well worth a visit:

The Carnavalet Museum  

Opened in 1880, this is the capital’s oldest museum.

Located in two private mansions, the Hôtel des Ligneris and the Hôtel le Peletier de Saint Fargeau at 23 and 29 rue de Sévigné respectively, the museum relates the history of the city from prehistoric times to the present day.

A constantly updated collection of some 625,000 works presents all forms of art… paintings, sculptures, drawings, posters, engravings, photographs, furniture, and more…

Victor Hugo’s home

Located by the world-famous Place des Vosges, this museum is in the Hôtel de Rohan-Guemenée, an early 17th century building steeped in history.

It was here in a 280 sqm apartment that Victor Hugo settled in 1833, and subsequently hosted numerous renowned guests.

During the visit, we get an insight into the writer’s life before, during and after his exile.

Sumptuous and steeped in history… A must-see!

Victor Hugo’s home, 6 place des Vosges 75004 Paris

The Swedish Institute

Located in the heart of the capital’s 3rd District, this museum is in the Hôtel de Marle, a listed building since 1961 and acquired by the State of Sweden in 1965. Here, in the heart of Paris, as you cross the threshold you are immediately transported to the heart of Sweden!

In the country’s sole and unique cultural centre abroad, exhibitions highlighting paintings, photography, music and literature are renewed year after year.

The Swedish Institute, 11 rue de Payenne 75003 Paris 

For a little break after visiting the institute, nothing beats a visit to the Café Suédois located in the Hôtel de Marle’s charming paved courtyard.

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