22 November 2017 | Cultural

Musée des égouts de Paris

Sewers Museum is off the beaten paths

500 meters of underground canals to discover and understand the History of Paris sewers network. Don’t worry, it doesn’t smell bad down there, and it is actually very interesting to make this quirky visit of Paris.

Nowadays it seems normal to have drains and sewers, but a few centuries ago, it was not the case. And we can’t even imagine the problems of public health and insanities linked to the garbages given up in the streets.

This museum is really perfect to understand the progress we’ve made throughout the decades in terms of public hygiene !

Down there, you will see the engines invented to maintain the drain network and the management of water flows, especially during moments of crisis, when the river La Seine is in spate.

It’s very unusual and it’ll make you feel clever, when you’ll come back on dry land. And this museum is a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower, where you can lay down the Champs de Mars grass to rest after this cultural moment! 🙂

You’ll need to check the timetables before going to make sure it’s open 🙂

David