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Musee des Egouts de Paris, Paris

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For history and adventure rolled into one, explore Musee des Egouts de Paris to follow the path from Lutèce to present times. This underground attraction is a fun way to discover Paris. Wander the raised walkways directly above the sewage lines. Look for the exhibit showing the history of Paris' water cycle, along with models and machines used in the past and present. Temperatures can get much cooler underground, so consider bringing a light jacket. You can find the entrance near the Pont de l'Alma. For Musee des Egouts de Paris and beyond, use our Paris itinerary maker to get the most from your Paris vacation.
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  • We have been to Paris before and have ticked the big items off, so why not go underground to a very important piece of infrastructure. It was a bit smelly; we had to tag along with a French speaking g...  more »
  • During a walk, we decided to visit this museum. The price is very attractive (less than 5 euros for an adult). Despite a history that teaches us many things (water treatment system, management of the flood of 1910, history of the creation of the sewers of Paris and their management on a daily basis), the site is a little older. The panels should be updated! Obviously, the smells are very strong in some rooms, which is quite logical when it overlooks pipes. Made once, into a family with no problem.
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  • This was a fun little tour of the Paris Sewer System. Maybe not surprisingly, it was not at all crowded. The Museum was on the Paris Pass, but there was an extra small charge of 3.6 euros that I could...  more »
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  • Don't do this. You walk underground over an ACTUAL sewer. The place utterly stinks and reeks. Sure the information might be interesting, but most of it is in French and the smell is so bad you want to vomit. I can't believe they allow people to walk over long corridors with sewage below! Save your money and read the Wikipedia article while sitting next to the Seine.
  • WOW an amazing place to get hundreds of years of history of the city as it grew and the problems it faced. Fascinating and well worth the trip, also there were few people there. Details of the water & sewer growth and how the system is cleaned.
  • Brilliant off beaten track museum offering information on sewers system in Paris, some history background, an exceptional opportunity to visit the sewers (not an imitation, the actual ones!) And to learn about fresh water in Paris through centuries up until now. It took me an hour to visit whole museum (I've read about 60%of the info provided there and 70% of the brochure they give at the entrance). No queues. Not crowded.
  • Great experience! In order to get full value for the money you should read all the information presented inside. The history of the sewage system of Paris is presented very clearly and the amazing evolution of the Parisian sewage is told. If you don't mind to read a little, this is really exceptional and recommended experience.
  • One of the more obscure museums I've been to. They cover the history of fresh water and waste water in Paris. Anyone with an interest in how cities are designed with enjoy this. An hour will comfortably cover everything and there's even a gift shop at the end! No waiting in lines and it is covered by the Paris museum pass. It does smell, but it is a working sewer..

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