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Musée de l'Histoire de France

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Today: 10:00am-6:00pm
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Cost: Free

A Staggering Amount of History

The Musée de l'Histoire de France is a state museum of French history operated by the Archives Nationales. It occupies two buildings, the Hôtel de Soubise and the Hôtel de Rohan. Today the museum displays rotating selections from its permanent collection in the Hôtel de Soubise, with temporary exhibits that sometimes expand into the Hôtel de Rohan. The archives include documents that date from the Merovingian period before Charlemagne, documents and the only known sketch of Joan of Arc, Louis XVI's will and facsimiles of Marie Antoinette's farewell letter composed just before her execution, documents by Danton, Robespierre, and Napoleon, as well as jailers' keys from the Bastille.

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