You can follow the history of the sewers, from the days of Lutèce to the present day, through a 500 m underground path. A unique way to discover Paris, an exhibition showing the water cycle in Paris and its history. Numerous models and machines used in the past as well as today.
An interesting feature of the Paris sewer is that it’s a complete underground network dug under streets and boulevards. Every Parisian street lies atop its own corresponding sewer, complete with its own underground street sign. It is a city within a city, albeit a dank and somewhat smelly city. That sewer collects waste only from that street. Longer streets have more than one collection basin. Victor Hugo wrote about the sewers in Les Misérables, saying there is a mirror of Paris under herself. “Paris has beneath it another Paris; a Paris of sewers; which has its streets, its crossings, its squares, its blind-alleys, its arteries, and its circulation, which is of mire and minus the human form.”
Price : €4.40 / €3.60 (groups of 10 or more*, those with ‘Famille Nombreuse’ or ‘Paris-Famille’ cards, students, children aged 6-16yrs, servicemen in uniform and ‘Améthyste’ or ‘Emeraude’ cardholders).
Opening times : From 01/10 to 30/04: Saturday to Wednesday, 11am to 4pm. From 01/05 to 30/09: Saturday to Wednesday, 11am to 5pm. Closed for two weeks in mid-January (contact the museum for the exact dates).
Pont de l’Alma, côté Rive Gauche
Face au 93 quai d’Orsay, 75007
RER C: Pont de l’Alma
Tél: 01 53 68 27 81