Tale Of A City: 12 European Museums That Give You A Sense Of Place.
Pavillon de l’Arsenal, Paris – When it opened in 1866, the Musée Carnavalet was the first European museum dedicated to a city. This temple of Parisian history in the Marais district is currently undergoing a major facelift, and is scheduled to reopen in 2020. In the meantime, the Pavillon de l’Arsenal in the 4th arrondissement gives an interesting overview of Parisian architecture and the urban evolution of the French capital – including a peek into the future, with more than 1,000 archived documents, photographs, maps, plans and films on display. Be sure to check out Paris, Metropolis 2020, a digital model made in partnership with Google and JCDecaux. [Photo: Dhekir/Wikimedia Commons]