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Musee des egouts de Paris, Paris

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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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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  • If you ever wondered what is beneath the 26,000 manhole covers in Paris wonder no more. Best for engineering geeks but the display on how Paris handled its growth from a water and waste perspective wa...  read more »
  • The sewer museum of Paris is more than a collection of photographs, models and old stuff. The entrance is a small glass house. Here you buy your ticket and go down the stairs. The air comes. 500 metres from the dozens of kilometers counting underground tubing is opened up. You walk next to and over rivers of, let me call it nicely: waste water. This driving recognizable parts of meals. Thriving and worth it. But you may feel free to dissent.
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  • Amazing, being able to walk down the drain... Perfect for our son who ask us constantly "where the water goes". Museum friendly, not too long (perfect for small) fairly complete historically speaking. Not info on billboards, there's a little however on sewers in them same - those that we see (lots of info about the treatment of the water, on the history of sewers and clean them) obviously there are a few smells;).
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  • I first went to Paris in the 80's and tried unsuccessfully to find this "attraction" so I was glad to find it much easier to find a quarter of a century later. It's very reasonably priced but admittedly, it's not for everyone. The exhibits incorporate the actual sewer system so yes, it's going to smell (though not as bad as I expected) and could be a little too gross for some folks. I found the display panels to be very good in understanding the history of water and water treatment in Paris. It wasn't that long ago that people drew their water from the same source that they dumped their sewage into!! I had hoped to see some of the older portions of the system but that didn't happen. Anyway, if you're into the offbeat, this could be for you!
  • Best sewer visit ever. Fascinating lesson in the history of Paris's storm, sewer and potable water systems. Self-guided tour at your on pace. Authentic odors, since you are visiting a section of the working system. Nothing pretentious here!
  • Kind of off beat to visit a sewer in such a culturally rich place. But actually a bit more interesting than smelly. Self guided tour.
  • I found this very interesting, a great thing to do that is a bit different. I would recommend for a rainy day. The initial bit about water in cities is mostly in French and a bit clunky but the history of the city told as the wastewater system developed made it all worth it.
  • I saw this some years ago, after reading about it in the US Airways in-flight magazine. Absolutely fascinating, if a bit quirky. Sanitation made cities possible. Topics included the history of Paris, modern advances in sanitation engineering to respect the environment, Les Miserables, the state security value of detailed sewer maps, and a giant Indiana Jones style marble used to clean the pipes. Under-rated, under-advertised, and well worth the time spent. Of all the places I have been, this is one of them! Now if I can just remember that the catacombs are closed on Mondays and plan accordingly....
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