Carnavalet Museum

Restoration of the museum dedicated to the history of the city of Paris

Located in one of the oldest private mansions in the Marais district, this museum dedicated to the history of Paris has completed its transformation, a major overhaul that began in 2016 and focused on the functional, technical and architectural aspects of the premises.

As part of its Heritage offering and in partnership with Cartel Collections (a museography specialist), Artelia supported the client throughout the project.


Created by the city council in 1866, the Musée Carnavalet opened its doors fifteen years later with the aim of focusing on the history of the city of Paris. Originally housed in the Hôtel Carnavalet, one of the few buildings in Paris that still bears witness to the Renaissance period (16th century), since 1989 it has also occupied the Hôtel Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau, a neighbouring building constructed in 1688. Over the decades, the museum has built up a gigantic collection of over 600,000 works (archaeological objects, paintings, sculptures, furniture, models, photographs), illustrating the development of the city from prehistory to the present day. It was the preservation and enhancement of this architectural and movable heritage that were at the heart of the renovation project launched in 2016.

The project involved restoring many of the façades and roofs, creating larger circulation areas, and rethinking the scenography and visitor itinerary to make the Carnavalet museum an essential stop-off point for cultural tourism in the French capital. Artelia provided the museum with the technical expertise required to make the right choices from among the various solutions suggested by the project management teams, while keeping the completion deadlines and budgets under control. Our teams covered all aspects of this large-scale project (regulations, accessibility, fire safety, acoustics, lighting, security, etc.), ensuring that the project was properly managed right through to the reinstallation of the collections.

Credits : JCND