The 5 most charming small museums

1) Musée des Arts Forains

The collection of this amazing museum, located in a former wine warehouse, consists of millions of rare and dreamlike objects. Here you can see an elephant hot air balloon, a unicorn playing the piano or dream away as you look at a belle époque carnival and its wooden merry-go-rounds. This unique place can only be visited by appointment.

carrousel at Musée des Art Foraines

53 avenue des Terroirs de France

+33 (0)1 43 40 16 22

http://www.arts-forains.com

2) Musée Zadkine

This small museum, near jardin du Luxembourg and set back from the street, was the home and studio of artist Ossip Zadkine, who lived and worked here from 1928 until 1967. The sculpture garden is a haven of tranquillity and a place to remember this major figure in the École de Paris.

statue by Zadkine

3) Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature

This museum, which is located in the historic Marais district, in a 17th- and 18th-century house, looks like a private home. It celebrates animals in painting and the decorative artists. This cabinet of curiosities displays a collection of rare artefacts and contemporary works of art and is certainly worth a visit.

polar bear at Musée de la chasse et da la nature

4) Galerie-Musée de la Maison Baccarat

The former home of Marie-Laure de Noailles, who used to host the most amazing parties here, is now home to Maison Baccarat. Temporary exhibitions retrace the history of this exceptional crystal manufacturer. Although just a tad kitschy this opulent museum is still very impressive all the same.

Galerie-Musée de la Maison Baccarat

5) Musée Nissim de Camondo

This museum, which is located in a private house overlooking parc Monceau, was built by René Sergent in 1912 at the request of Count Nissim de Camondo’s only son, Moïse. It is home to a stunning collection of 18th-century furniture and artefacts. You visit this magnificent mansion room by room, from the kitchen and the laundry to the reception rooms and the private apartments.

le grand salon at the Musée Nissim de Camondo

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