Napoleon Expo at the Musée Carnavalet

Since Edouard and I spend a lot of time in Fontainebleau, we’re really interested in the history of the town.  When we saw the ads for the Napoleon & Paris: Dreams of a Capital Expo at the Musée Carnavalet, we both agreed that we should go : )

After a big brunch at Breakfast In America, Edouard, his friend Sebastien, and I all walked down the street to the museum. When got there, a line was starting to form at the entrance but luckily we had bought our tickets online so we were able to skip the wait and walk right in.

The Musée Carnavalet is a huge museum dedicated to the history of Paris.  I had never been before but I had read in a memoir by Eloisa James that the museum can be exhausting – she was right.  There is so much to see that it’s pretty much impossible to visit everything in just one day.  We spent most of the time in the Napoleon exhibit (sorry, we couldn’t take pictures :-/) and then tried to do a quick tour of some of the other rooms.

If you’re not familiar with the life of Napoleon and all his contributions to Paris, then you should definitely check out this expo (It’s better if you speak French though because not everything is translated).  For example, did you know that Napoleon I came up with the system of street numbers in Paris? The numbers start at the end of the road closest to the River Seine, odds on the left, evens on the right 🙂

Here are the pictures from our visit:

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Le Jardin du musée Carnavalet, effet de neige By: Henry Tenre (I loved this painting)

Musée Carnavalet signs Ls Salle des Enseignes

Room filled with old store signs (La Salle des Enseignes)

For those interested in going:


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