Businesses and partners

Escalier de Luynes
Escalier de Luynes
© Antoine Mercusot - Chatillon Architectes


Small and medium-sized businesses, large companies and foundations – your contribution sets you apart. We are always looking for new partners who would like to associate their image with that of the museum, a window to the history of Paris and its citizens.

 For a company or foundation, supporting the Musée Carnavalet by becoming a patron means:

  • making a commitment to the oldest museum in the City of Paris, which houses unique collections based on the history of the French capital;
  • demonstrating corporate social responsibility by supporting public interest projects with a heritage, social and/or educational and cultural dimension that are accessible to all;
  • benefiting from tax deductions and tailored advantages at the Musée Carnavalet or other City of Paris museums;
  • promoting your organisation’s brand by associating it with the renown of the  Musée Carnavalet and its internal communication with many advantages offered (priority access to exhibitions and cultural events, passes, catalogues, private visits etc.)

You can support museum outreach and development through diverse long-term and one-off projects:

  • contribute to the acquisition or restoration of works to enrich and complete the museum collections and share them with future generations;
  • support our exhibitions to make exceptional events accompanied by original, didactic interpretation possible;
  • contribute to work on the layout of the museum, research projects led by our scientific departments, outreach exhibitions and resource centre activities;
  • support the deployment of an access-for-all policy: cultural activities, interpretation aids, topic-based workshops, partnerships with actors from the social domain, education boards, hospitals and more.


How can you help?

 Become a patron

Patronage is material support made in the form of a donation of money, skills or in-kind to a public interest organisation. It is a philanthropic gesture that implies no direct compensation from the beneficiary to the patron.

Under Article 238 bis of the French General Tax Code (CGI), you will benefit from a tax rebate of 60% on the amount of the donation (limited to 0.5% of your pre-tax turnover with the possibility of carrying over the excess for the next five financial years) and material compensation corresponding to 25% of the amount.

The real cost of making a donation, therefore, comes to 15% of the donation.

If your donation makes the acquisition of a national treasure or “work of major cultural interest” possible, you will benefit from a corporation tax rebate of 90% of the amount donated.


Sponsorship is material support made to receive a direct benefit.

Sponsoring operations are considered to be commercial activities to promote the sponsor’s image and are subject to invoicing inclusive of VAT.

As a sponsor, the partner enjoys advantages that are equivalent to their commitment.

The advantages offered

Patrons and partners have a privileged relationship with the Musée Carnavalet and enjoy many advantages:

  • a strong commitment to the public interest;
  • tailored association of your image and specific visibility on our communication media;
  • tax benefits,
  • invitations to official openings;
  • priority access to temporary exhibitions;
  • the availability of museum spaces for prestigious events for your customers or within your company.
Perspective Wendel
José Maria Sert, salle de bal de l'hôtel Wendel, 1925
© Antoine Mercusot - Chatillon Architectes

Our patrons

Key restoration patrons

In 2015, through its Heritage Foundation, Total contributed to the restoration of the Musée Carnavalet’s Cour d’Honneur.

Bank patrons

Banque Populaire: sign restoration
Crédit Agricole d’Île-de-France: restoration of the Hôtel Wendel ballroom by José María Sert

Foundation patrons

Fondation BNP Paribas: restoration of two models by Pierre-Louis Foulley representing events from the life of Louis-Philippe, Duke of Orléans then king of France
Fondation Ville et Patrimoine: restoration of the woodwork of the Café Militaire by Claude-Nicolas Ledoux

Corporate patrons

Mathieu Lustrerie: restoration of a collection of lights and lanterns
Pierre Frey: restoration of textile elements from Marcel Proust’s bedroom

Institutional partners for renovation

The French Ministry of Culture
The Île-de-France region

The Circle of patrons


Henri Gervex, Une soirée au Pré-Catelan
Henri Gervex, Une soirée au Pré-Catelan, 1909
© Paris Musées / Musée Carnavalet - Histoire de Paris

A unique venue for prestigious events

Give your guests the opportunity to discover two mansions in the heart of Paris in the Marais district and the biggest collection of artworks and objects devoted to Paris in a unique way.
They will be able to visit the collections and temporary exhibitions in a format that meets your expectations and in exceptional conditions.
Located on the ground floor of the Hôtel Carnavalet and the Hôtel Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau, the various spaces available for privatisation, some including a garden, are ideal for holding breakfasts, seminars, award ceremonies, concerts, cocktail evenings and dinners.
The Musée Carnavalet does not plan to outsource to agencies and does not host private receptions or events that include dancing.

The sign rooms

These two adjoining rooms display part of the Musée Carnavalet’s shop sign collection.
They look out onto the Henri IV garden (308 m²), which can be privatised.
130 guests seated/220 guests standing

Sign room Georges Cain
127 m²/ceiling height 4.44 m

Sign room Lescot
127 m²/ceiling height 4.53 m

The Orangery

The former orangery of the Hôtel Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau, one of two located in a mansion in the Marais district, looks out onto the Square George-Cain. The room also has an independent entrance on Rue Payenne.

100 guests seated/200 guests standing
225 m²/ceiling height 5.6 m


Temporary exhibition rooms

Privatisation is only possible outside of temporary exhibition periods (two per year). This set of adjoining rooms can be accessed by the Drapiers garden (703 m²) and the Victoire garden (577 m²) during the daytime or Monday only in the evening.

120 guests seated/300 guests standing
346 m²/ceiling height 4.64 m

Depending on availability, the sign rooms and temporary exhibition rooms can be privatised together.

Private visits

Outside of opening hours, private visits of the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions can be organised in groups or free access.
Several themed visit are proposed.

Associated links
Regional tourism committee for Paris Île-de-France
Convention and Visitors Bureau website
France Guide – Atout France website


The Musée Carnavalet has exceptional interiors and gardens with potential as filming locations.

The best times for filming and shooting for commercial purposes are Monday (museum closed) or Tuesday or Sunday before 10 am or after 6 pm.

Filming is subject to the payment of a licence fee and surveillance staff costs.


René Lelong, Carrousel au Grand-Palais