A prestigious venue in Paris

Musée des Arts Forains

Setting

Portrait de Jean Paul Favand

« Become the actor of your own dreams in the land of past festivities » Jean Paul Favand

This millstone building, designed at the end of the 19th century by one of Gustave Eiffel’s apprentice now hosts the reconstitution of an ancient funfair with merry-go-rounds and attractions. It was the first room to be created in the Pavillons de Bercy.

This unusual and unique venue in Paris offers many different configurations. Its adjustable structure, enables you to enjoy a pre-dinner drink in one side of the room and have dinner in the other. It can also be entirely dedicated to a cocktail reception. The room lends itself perfectly for any kind of event: conventions, gala dinners, corporate events, award ceremonies, anniversaries, weddings and many more.

The opportunity of using centenary merry-go-rounds will provide your guests with an unforgettable experience. Several other attractions will test their skills and dexterity. Upon entering the site, they will be transported into the 1900’s, the golden age of funfairs.

Vue d'ensemble de la partie réception de Musée des Arts Forains
Vue d'ensemble du Manège de chevaux de bois
entrée du Musée des Arts Forains
Balançoires Allemandes en fonctionnement à l'occasion d'une soirée événementielle
Cocktail au Musée des Arts Forains
Convention au Musée des Arts Forains
Musée des Arts Forains - côté réception
Manège de Vélocipèdes en situation

Capacity

Seated meal

Up to 600 guests

cocktail reception

Up to 880 guests

Theater

Up to 400 guests

Size 1800m2

Capacity 880 guests

Adding a room : you can increase the capacity by adding another room (the Salons Vénitiens, the Théâtre du Merveilleux or the Magic Mirror)

Adding an outdoor area : The private garden-street – 800 sqm

Rates : Rental fees are quoted upon request, according to the number of guests, the time of the year and the chosen options.

Fairground attractions, shows and artists

Fairground attractions and games

  • Fond de photographe forain

    Funfair face boards

    Disguise yourself in the blink of an eye by inserting your head into one of our face board, and take unforgettable pictures

  • Jeu de force du Musée des Arts Forains

    Strength tester

    The torpedo boat is launched on the rails aiming at a destroyer. The objective is to get the boat as far as you can.

  • Jeu de Billard Japonais

    Japanese and Dutch billiards

    Despite their name, Japanese billiards come from France. Points are accumulated by throwing balls into numbered circles
    The objective of the Dutch shuffleboard table is to slide the wooden pucks throught any of the board's four numbered slots.

  • Jeu de massacre représentant les Pieds Nickelés

    Throwing game and shooting gallery

    This 1935 throwing game represent figures of an old French cartoon. Aim at the head to make them fall off.
    This ingenious shooting gallery uses the mechanism of a mouse-trap. Once activated by the target, a sweet is launched.

  • Balançoire Allemande du Musée des Arts Forains

    German swing boats

    These swings, built for adults, are the oldest attractions in funfairs. They were made in 1920 in Germany and have often been featured in the Munich fair.

  • Jeu des Garçons de café

    Course de Garçons de Café (waiter's race)

    This unavoidable attraction pays tribute to the race that used to take place every year on the Champs Elysées. The waiters had to run 8km as fast as possible with three filled glasses.

  • Détail de l'un des vélocipèdes

    Velocipede ride

    This 1897 bicycle roundabout used to be steam powered but is now propelled by the rider's own effort.

  • Détail d'un des chevaux du manège du Musée des Arts Forains

    Carousel

    The mixed cavalry of French and German horses of this early 1900s carouselwill enable you to become a horse rider.

Funfair face boards

Fond de photographe forain 1

face board n°1

Fond de photographe forain 2

face board n°2

Attraction - fond de photographe 3

face board n°3

Strength tester

Attraction - Jeu de Force

the torpedo boat aiming at the destroyer at the end of the rails

Japanese and Dutch billiards

Stands de Billards du Musée des Arts Forains

General view of the billiards booth

Billards Hollandais
Attraction - Billards Hollandais

Dutch shuffleboard table (Dutch billiard)

Attraction - Jeux de Glisse
Billards Japonais au Musée des Arts Forains

Japanese billiards

Attraction - Billards Japonais

Japanese billiards

Billards Japonais au Musée des Arts Forains

Japanese billiards

Throwing game and shooting gallery

Vue d'ensemble des Jeux de massacre

General view of the throwing game and shooting gallery

Attraction - Stand de tir

German swing boats

Vue d'ensemble des Balançoires Allemandes du Musée des Arts Forains

General view of the German swings.

Course de Garçons de Café (waiter's race)

Vue d'ensemble de la course de garçons de café

General view of the derby game.

Attraction - Garçons de café

The waiters racing.

Velocipede ride

Vue d'ensemble du Manège de Vélocipèdes du Musée des Arts Forains

General view of the Velocipede.

Manège de Vélocipèdes en fonctionnement

Cycling on the Velocipede roundabout.

Carousel

Vue d'ensemble du manège de chevaux de bois du Musée des Arts Forains

General view of the carousel

Shows

Hooguys organ

Built in 1905 to announce the arrival of funfairs in villages, this instrument equipped with its powerful flutes will welcome your guests


Artists

Liven up your event with our live performers :

Aerial silk dancers, stilt walkers, jugglers, acrobats, mime artists, fire-eaters, magicians, and also musicians and orchestras are available to welcome your guests and liven up your events.

History

The Atmosphere of Salons Carousels

The Musée des Arts Forains was the first site to be installed in the Pavillons de Bercy in 1996. It renders the atmosphere of former Salons-Carousels. Behind a beautifully sculpted and imposing facade, a spacious and luxurious covered salon would shelter an organ, a ballroom, a brasserie, attractions and a carousel. There were over thirty nomad monuments of the kind travelling through Europe from one funfair to another in the 1900s.

Extraordinary events

Everything here is designed to feel once more the warm atmosphere of these convivial places.
As guests walk through the theatre curtains they will enter and become actors of a reconstituted Salon Carousel. In the entrance of the Museum, they are welcomed by two majestic statues and a 1905 organ. The venue’s display is also a tribute to Baroque, abounding with fairground art artifacts inspired by the luxuriousness and imaginative atmosphere of this style.

All the ancient pieces that are present bear witness to the work done by the restorers in our workshops. The booths, velocipede carousel and wooden horse merry go round have been restored to full working condition enabling the discovery of this unusual lively museum through playing and amusement.

The birth of funfairs

Until the 18th century, fairs were privileged spaces for trade and commerce; in the 19th century, they became spaces for entertainment. An entirely new social phenomenon was born: the Funfair. Funfairs not only spread innovations of the industrial era, but also offered an escapade into a world of freedom and dreams. One could discover a great number of attractions : strange physics experiments, popular science, art museums, wax museums, historical and ethnographical museums, fairground zoos… and arious forms of shows that preceded of modern entertainment such as French Théâtre de Boulevard, sport shows, cabarets, musicals, illusionists…and also the movies.

In the golden days of the Belle Époque, people were amazed by Funfairs. Crowds discovered curiosities from all over the world displayed in live shows, at a time when television and global tourism did not yet exist.

It is this lively atmosphere, inviting to a motionless journey into daydream that Jean Paul Favand wanted to recreate in this room, to confer a completely different extent to your special event right in the middle of Paris.

Tech specifications

Total size : 1800sqm

Lighting : 16-channel DMX console controlling 4 scenic lighting zones. Scripted lighting with over 300 sources of light. Customisable according to the event.

Sound : Multi-zone diffusion Nexo / Line Array and PS 10 + Yamaha MTX 5 Processor that enables conferences and DJ usage with a 92 dB limiter / HF Mic
Our sound system is compulsory for dance nights.

Included personnel : a manager and security agent(s)

Other : room adapted for video projections.
Wi-Fi
Ground floor load-in
Prep area with sink (lift)


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Directions

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    By car

    Easy access from the Boulevard Périphérique ( exit at Porte de Bercy ) and from the Voie Georges Pompidou

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    By metro

    Line 14  Station : Cour St Emilion – 5 minutes away from the Châtelet

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    Parking Indigo (3000 spaces)

    Saint-Emilion : 12 Place des Vins de France, 75012 Paris
    +33 (0) 1 44 68 89 59
    Lumière : 40 Avenue des Terroirs de France, 75012 Paris
    +33 (0) 1 43 07 80 87

  • Icone parking autocars

    Bercy Coach Parking

    Bercy Cars : 6 rue des Pirogues de Bercy, 75012 Paris
    +33 (0) 1 44 68 89 59
    Bercy Autocars : 210 quai de Bercy, 75012 Paris
    +33 (0) 1 43 47 00 01

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    Accessibility

    Disabled access
    Please note that a cobbled street connects our different rooms