The Musée des Arts Forains is a private museum of funfair objects located within the Pavillons de Bercy in the 12th arrondissement with temporary exhibition space at 64, rue des Pirogues de Bercy. It is open to the public by prior reservation.
The museum was created by Jean Paul Favand, an actor and antiques dealer, from his private collection. It opened to the public in 1996, and now contains a variety of objects dating between 1850-1950 including 14 amusement rides, 16 fair stalls and restored attractions, 18 sets of historical works, and 1522 independent works. The collections include merry-go-rounds and carousels, German swings, hundred-year-old bicycles, Japanese billiards, a Parisian Waiter Race and a Hooghuys Organ, and the grand vizier Ali Pasha.
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