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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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  • You would not know this place was here to visit. Located at the end of the Pont de l’Almu (bridge Almu) adjacent to the rail station the entrance kiosk could be selling coffee for all its appearances....  more »
  • Very interesting & well worthwhile visiting this working 'museum'. Abit smelly & you are underground but only a few steps down & then you find an extensive exhibition.  more »
  • This is a weird and wonderful museum. It can be difficukt to find --- yes, it is in the sewer! There is a kiosk on the corner of the bridge that looks like a news stand. That is where you buy a ticket...  more »
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  • 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..
  • If you're interested in civil engineering or just want to do something a little different, the Musée des égouts may the place for you. Here you can stroll under real sewer tunnels and see the evolution of the sewers and its maintenance systems through time. It's a really nice way to cool off on a hot day. Keep in mind though that you are walking through real sewers so although you won't be walking knee deep in water, if you are a germaphobe, you may want to skip this attraction.
  • A different thing to do in Paris. You get to discover a part of a city that you don't usually think about but that is vital for our modern societies.