Musée des Arts Forains

© Oliver Knight / Time Out
Eastern Paris
Housed in a collection of Eiffel-era wine warehouses is a fantastical collection of 19th- and early 20th-century fairground attractions. The venue is hired out for functions on most evenings, and staff may well be setting the tables when you visit.

Of the three halls, the most wonderful is the Salon de la Musique, where a musical sculpture by Jacques Rémus chimes and flashes in time with the 1934 Mortier organ and a modern-day digital grand piano playing Murder on the Orient Express.

In the Salon de Venise you are twirled round on a gondola carousel; in the Salon des Arts Forains you can play a ball-throwing game that sets off a race of moustachioed waiters. The venue is open only to groups of 15 or more, but individuals can visit on the occasional guided tours. Call ahead.
Venue name: Musée des Arts Forains
Address: 53 avenue des Terroirs de France
12e
Paris

Opening hours: groups only, min 15 people, by appointment
Transport: Métro Cours St-Emilion
Price: €13; €5 reductions
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