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Don't miss the museum of fairground art in Paris!

April 25 2018

After you've seen the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Musée d'Orsay, what will you see in Paris? The city's full of less well known attractions, some of which are delightfully quirky. Such as the Musée des Arts Forains, or museum of fairground art.

The museum was created by an actor and antiques dealer, Jean Paul Favand, from his private collection. It includes dozens of amusement rides, fair stalls, and lots more, mostly dating from between 1850 and 1950. 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. It's located in the 12th Arrondissement, a little outside the well-travelled tourist areas, but good for a day trip as there's plenty more nearby, including a cinema, the zoo, and a large park, the Bois de Vincennes. You'll have a great day out.

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