Musée Carnavalet Got a Gorgeous Facelift

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Musée Carnavalet Got a Gorgeous Facelift
More than four years of work were necessary to revamp the Musée Carnavalet, dedicated to the history of Paris. The result proves that it was worth waiting, since what used to be a slightly faded, very traditional museum has now become a welcoming institution, fully adapted to the less-abled visitors, while still offering the most complete overview on how Paris has evolved across the centuries. Roman Ruins from Lutetia on display at the Carnavalet Museum. (C) Sarah Bartesaghi Truong The museum was born out of one of the greatest urban destruction programs ever planned. Baron Haussmann, at the time prefect of the Seine (a position equivalent to today’s title of mayor), feeling guilty about razing entire areas of the city to transform it into the beacon of modernity Napoleon III wanted, decided to grant the use of the Hôtel des Ligneris, a 16th-century mansion recently acquired by the municipality, to house a museum celebrating the history of the Ville Lumière. French Revolution Memento at the Carnavalet Museum. (C) Sarah Bartesaghi Truong The mansion had a storied past. Together with parts of the Louvre, it was the only example of a Renaissance palace still intact, plus it had also housed illustrious residents like Madame de Sévigné, one of the most wittily acerbic writers of the 17th century. 17th-century interior from the Hotel Colbert De Villacerf, displayed at the Carnavalet Museum.(C) Sarah Bartesaghi Truong Madame de Sévigné’s desk at the Carnavalet Museum. (C) Sarah Bartesaghi Truong

Lead photo credit : 18th Century Interior (C) Sarah Bartesaghi Truong

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Sarah Bartesaghi Truong has lived, studied and worked in Milan, Paris and London. Her lifelong passion for art in all its forms and her entrepreneurial dreams were the catalyst for a career change: she left the world of investment banking to go back to school, at the Sotheby’s Institute of London. Ten years ago, she moved back to Paris, the ideal location for an art-lover. As an Italian in Paris, she decided she would keep playing the tourist in her adoptive home town, always on the lookout for the many wonders the French capital has to offer to the curious explorer. VeniVidiParis, the company she founded, plans curated itineraries in the French capital and its vicinity for travellers wishing to discover the city’s vibrant art scene, but not only. Take a look at her recent discoveries on her Instagram feed, @venividiparis, or contact her at [email protected] for help planning your next Parisian vacation.


  • Judith Hendershot
    2021-07-08 01:53:37
    Judith Hendershot
    A lovely article, on a wonderful museum. But I was horrified to see that Louis XIV is now Louis 14???? How sad. I thought more of Paris!! America is well known for its need to "dumb down" for its increasingly ignorant, uncaring citizens. I never thought that the French would stoop to the same sorry level.


  • Judith Goldstein
    2021-07-01 09:12:01
    Judith Goldstein
    Your newsletter is most inspiring and I have recommended it to many friends. As a Francophile, I cannot think of a better publication to keep you abreast with the new and exciting events in Paris. This is definitely the destination I am aiming for on my next trip.