For nearly three years, a longterm exhibition found in the archeological crypts of Paris tied to the Carnavalet Museum has met with great interest and success. Ever since December 12th, 2012, this expo dedicated to the history of Paris has joined art with the architectural and archeological context of the eras, and will continue to do so until December 31st, 2015.
If you’re visiting Paris before the exhibition is due to close this December, make sure to take time and check out this expo in its final months. We especially recommend this for history fans and families with curious children, as the exhibit explains the different archaeological and historical elements found in the site.
Inside the crypte of Notre-Dame
From ancient Roman-era buildings (when Paris was called Lutetia), to the more recent architectural transformations under Haussman in the 19th century, you can see the jumbled remains and transformations of Paris through its underground traces.
Testament to the changing landscape and urbanization of the city, the exhibit uses miniatures, high-tech models, and artwork to illuminate Paris under its many layers. Experience Paris like you’ve never seen it before.
Official museum website (link in French only)
When? Open every day except Monday from 10AM to 6PM. (7 euros for entry)
Where? Crypte archéologique du parvis Notre-Dame
7 Parvis Notre-Dame – Place Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris
Metro: Cité (line 4)