The Musée des Arts Forains is a private museum in Paris that holds a collection of items from amusement parks and fairgrounds. The museum was created by Jean-Paul Favand from his private collection and contains antiques dating from 1850 to 1950. In the garden there are crystal chandeliers attached to a sky of greenery. Visitors can also see the magical fountain, a hot air balloon carrying an elephant, and a unicorn playing the piano. There are hundred-year-old carousels from the Belle Epoque Fair at the end of the 19th century. In the little Venice section, you'll find a lagoon, a gondola merry-go-round, and a baroque palace.
This museum is a unique place to visit for amusement park enthusiasts. Visitors will get the chance to see historical rides, attractions, and stalls, including many that have been restored. You can experience what a fair might have been like more than a hundred years ago in different thematic rooms, such as The Venetian Lounges, The Theater of Marvels, and The Fairground Art Museum.
The Musée des Arts Forains is located at 53 avenue des Terroirs de France. The closest metro station is Cour Saint-Émilion. Visits must be booked ahead of time with guided tour. Admission is 16 euros.