Musée Français de la Carte à Jouer

French Playing Card Museum

The Musée Français de la Carte à Jouer – or French Playing Card Museum – is the only venue of its kind in France. Head to Issy-les-Moulineaux southwest of Paris to see it for yourself! Outstanding collections from the 15th century to modern times!

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An original museum – make sure you visit as soon as you can! The only French museum entirely devoted to playing cards, the Musée Français de la Carte à Jouer houses some extraordinary collections from around the world, dating from the 15th to the 20th century.
With a carefully thought-out layout and soft lighting to protect the fragile paper, the museum’s displays spotlight the relationship between art and playing cards, the different production techniques, the players’ universe, the performing arts and artistic creation.

Some rare and valuable cards

The museum has plenty of rare exhibits including a series on the well-known Happy Families game and a surprising collection of cards from the Reign of Terror (1793–1794). Here we learn that not only did the protagonists of the French Revolution chop people’s heads off but they also removed all symbols of royalty from playing cards! Phrygian caps – a symbol of the Revolution – took the place of crowns! More than 11,000 packs of cards are now kept at this remarkable museum. Along with everything you ever needed to know about playing cards!

You can also explore the town’s Gallery of History in the gatehouse to the former Château des Princes de Conti which adjoins the modern Museum building.

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16 rue Auguste Gervais
92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux

    Days and opening hours

    open all year round except 2nd half of August Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 11am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday: 2pm to 6pm Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and public holidays. Groups: by appointment from Tuesday to Sunday


    • Free entry for children < 26 years.
      Individual ticket for non resident (neither living in Issy nor in the urban agglomeration GPSO) Adult : 4,50€ Reduced price: 3 € Under 26 : free admission.


    • Lift
    • Toilets
    • Exhibition space
    • Entertainments room


    • Educational visits
    • Shop
    • Guided tours
    • Leisure Center
    • Available for private hire


    • Activity
    • Children&#039;s entertainment
    • Temporary exhibition


    Spoken languages

    • French

    Single services tour

    • Unguided individual tours available permanently
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    16 rue Auguste Gervais
    92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux

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