On the rue de Sévigné in the Marais neighborhood of Paris is the former home of Madame de Sévigné. The Hôtel Carnavalet is where she wrote a series of famous letters to her daughter, chronicling the life of 17th century Paris society. In 1880, her home and the neighboring Hôtel Le Peletier de Saint Fargeau, became a museum devoted to the history of Paris.
The Musée Carnavalet is my favorite museum in Paris, and I’ve been there often. Sometimes I just go sit in the courtyard and read…a respite from the city.
Inside the museum are relics from the history of Paris.
Among the many treasures to be found are fragments of ancient monuments, memorabilia from the French Revolution, stained glass windows from churches that are no longer standing, ornate iron signage, paintings and drawings depicting Parisian life throughout the ages, and rooms elaborately furnished in styles that reflect each era.
The buildings themselves, and the courtyard within, are a glimpse into life here in the 17th century.
Sit in the courtyard and imagine listening to the rustle of silk taffeta and the murmurs of genteel ladies, as Madame de Sévigné and her friends strolled in the garden.
23 Rue de Sévigné
75003 Paris, France