The idea of visiting the sewers of a major city may not seem very appealing at first. Nevertheless, it is an original way to ... More
Paris Sewer Museum
The idea of visiting the sewers of a major city may not seem very appealing at first. Nevertheless, it is an original way to discover part of Paris' foundations. With over two kilometers (one mile) of galleries, the Paris Sewer Museum presents an exhibition about the city water system through a historical approach of the sewer's evolution. A display of machines and models illustrate the techniques used through the ages to deal with the water cycle. The museum also presents the way manpower was involved in its maintenance.
This was one of the most interesting places we visited. Without a sewer system, Paris would never have grown to the city it is now. Especially interesting is how the sewer system had to modernize to keep up with the growth of the city. Smell was not too bad and you will be unique among your friends when you tell them where you visited. I went with a long time resident of Paris and they had never even heard of the tour until the american guest told them about the sewer tour.
I thought this was very interesting as it is not the sort of place people are normally allowed to go and therefore know little about what goes on under their feet.
I was surprised to see how large the tunnels were and how much work is required to keep the sewers working properly.
The exibits were well presented, and the history detailed (story boards) written in French and English.
The smell was not overly nasty but enough to cause my wife to leave before me.
I enjoyed the visit and am glad that we went.
Yup. After seeing all of the sites above ground, head beneath the city for a very unusual tour. The sights, sounds, and smells of the Musee des Egouts de Paris are quite unique. We did the tour based on a recommendation, and had a lot of fun. What was even better was the looks on the faces of friends and relatives when we told them we toured the Paris sewers. Priceless!
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