The Carnavalet Museum and its neighborhood

Exterior View of the Hôtel de Carnavalet
Exterior View of the Hôtel de Carnavalet

Located in the heart of the Marais, the Carnavalet-History of Paris Museum is both a museum and a commemorative site of the Revolution. Here, one finds the world’s largest collection of artworks and objects from this era. However, the Hôtel Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau, which hosts a portion of the museum, also conjures up tragic events: in 1793, its owner, the deputy Michel Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau, was assassinated in the Palais-Royal for having voted for the death of Louis XVI. Around the museum, in the Marais, located between the working-class Saint-Antoine neighborhood and the Hôtel de Ville, several streets still guard traces of the Revolution.

The Carnavalet Museum and its neighborhood


  • Spring 1795

    Uprisings in the neighborhood for a democratic and social republic are suppressed
  • 1787

    Beaumarchais builds a lavish property in the Saint-Antoine neighborhood
  • April 27-28, 1789

    Worker uprising in the neighborhood protesting against a decrease in wages. The Hanriot and Réveillon offices are pillaged, as is the Réveillon factory. The subsequent crackdown causes approximately 300 deaths
  • Spring 1789

    Beaumarchais organizes a lavish celebration in the gardens of his property
  • July 14, 1789

    Jacques de Flesselles, the Provost of Merchants, a resident of the rue de Sévigné, is assassinated on the steps of the Hôtel de Ville
  • September 1, 1791

    Inauguration of the Theater of the Marais, owned by Beaumarchais
  • 1792

    The home of the Migeons, a rich furniture manufacturing couple is completed on the rue des Francs-Bourgeois
  • August 11, 1792

    The statue of Louis XIII located in the current Place des Vosges is destroyed
  • January 20, 1793

    Assassination of deputy Lepeletier de Saint-Fargeau, owner of the mansion with the same name
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