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Located in the Marais district, the Carnavalet museum, the oldest in the capital, has some 625,000 works retracing the history of Paris. Four years of major work were necessary to renovate the entire building.
While cultural places are deconfining, the Carnavalet museum is back in service after four years of “titanic” renovation, in the words of Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, who came to inaugurate the premises on Wednesday May 26 in the company of the Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot.
“This renovation project was titanic,” said Anne Hidalgo. “You had to be a little crazy, in the midst of a budget shortage, to embark on this type of adventure (…) but the nobility of politics is knowing how to make choices,” he said. she adds.
Four years of major work were necessary to renovate the entire building, closed since October 2016, from the renovation of the facades and roofs to the upgrading of the site (electricity, fire safety), for a budget of 58.3 million euros.
Opened in 1880, the museum of IIIe arrondissement has some 625,000 works retracing the history of Paris from prehistoric times to the present day, in two historic mansions in the Marais.
The only open-access museum in the capital, the establishment will open its doors to the public on Saturday.
In the temporary exhibition rooms (the only paying ones), an exhibition by Henri Cartier-Bresson, “Revoir Paris”, will accompany the first months of the reopening, followed by an exhibition devoted to Marcel Proust from December.