Festival du Merveilleux 2023

At the museum

Le festival du Merveilleux

The Festival du Merveilleux is the perfect way to spend the festive season with family and friends in Paris. This year, from December 27th to January 7th, you can enjoy onion soup or mulled wine in the decorated gardens of the Pavillons de Bercy. As always, live, digital and enchanting shows will be available all day long in the various halls.

A foretaste of the 1900 Olympic Games!

For its 13th edition, the Festival du Merveilleux is giving sports a place of honor. More precisely, the sport of the fairground, which amazed the public as much as it challenged them.
It’s this combination of Belle Epoque funfair and sport that you’ll discover at the Festival du Merveilleux. And maybe you’ll come across Pierre de Coubertin, inventor of the Olympic Games…


During the festival, the museum becomes the stage for a colorful program. A variety of short-form shows are performed to revive the excitement of an old-fashioned funfair. Let yourself be carried away by the joyous atmosphere. Aerial enchantment (rope and aerial hoop), tap dancer, burlesque clown, tanoura dance, musicians, immersive show “Venice the Serenissima”, “sporty” dance tour, outdoor parade… All live shows are performed 4 times a day. The program is posted on the venue.

To make sure you get the full experience of the thrills and spills of the past, a small selection of star attractions and a few rides over a hundred years old will be in service. With each admission ticket, 2 attraction tickets are offered to the public, allowing them to try out two of their choice. Please note that as we are first and foremost a museum, most of our exhibits date back to the 19th century, and some of these rides will be at rest.

To make sure you’re in for a fairytale treat this year, buy your tickets today. Capacity will be limited by time slot, and the number of tickets will be limited, especially in the afternoon.
To celebrate the transition to 2024, we’re offering a reduced rate for everyone on January 1 before midday.

To make sure you’re in for a magical experience this year,buy your ticketstoday.


From december 27th, 2023 to january 7th, 2024 (open on january 1st)
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last entry at 5:30 p.m.)
The program with show times is posted on the spot.
All live shows are scheduled 4 times a day.


22€ – Adults
16€ – Reduced (disabled, under 18, students under 25)
14€ – Children aged 3 to 11
Free – Under 3

How it works
No guided tours – Free wandering
Duration of visit: approx. 2 hrs.
All-day shows included in admission ticket
2 free attraction tickets with each admission ticket
No lockers or checkrooms on site. No parking for scooters or strollers.
No bulky bags or luggage accepted.

Rides and attractions
As a reminder, our museum showcases heritage objects, including rides and attractions from the 19th century. During the festival, we’ll be operating some of them, so you can experience the thrills of the past by trying them out: wooden horse carousel, velocipede carousel, gondola carousel, Japanese billiards, Dutch billiards, bungee tables and the famous horse, boat and waiter races. There will also be a 50s children’s carousel reserved for under-10s.
Note that these attractions were designed for adults in the 19th century.
Above all, the festival is an opportunity for families to enjoy a convivial time together, discover the museum’s spaces and take in all the shows.

Admission tickets
We recommend that you buy your tickets in advance on our website. A visitor capacity is established for each time slot to ensure a smooth flow of visitors. If the on-site capacity is reached, we cannot guarantee to admit visitors without tickets. We recommend early mornings arrivals.
Important! These tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable. Please check the date and time before buying them. The number of places remaining per time slot is displayed on the ticket office.

Food service
It will not be possible to eat inside the museum halls. Instead, you’ll find several light food stands in our garden street, including Cabane de Cape Cod and Le Trotter‘s food trucks. You’ll also find Marius et Lulu‘s old-fashioned confectionery and pommes d’amour.Marius et Lulu.