Is an imposing museum housed in two 'hotel particuliers' (mansion houses) Hôtels Carnavalet and Le Peletier de Saint Fargeau. These grand houses date from the 16th and 17th centuries but from the street, Rue de Sevigne, you might easily pass them by while visiting to this part (Marais) of the city.
The museum's collection offers over a hundred rooms (too many for one visit) devoted to the history of Paris, from its origins to the present day.
They include paintings, sculptures, furniture and archaeological finds, many in reconstructed room settings.The collection delivers an insight into the story of how cultural life in Paris has evolved over the centuries.
The great thing about this museum is however that it is free to visit so if you need more time you can always return.