Six of the Best Hidden Attractions in Paris

Sure, you're going to want to see the icons like the Louvre Museum and the Eiffel Tower, but there are many lesser-known monuments and museums that may not have made it to the top of your list. Yet.

We're here to change that for you! It's time to discover some of the not-to-miss attractions that make the city such a great place to visit.

For instance, there's a sewer tour at the Sewer MuseumLe Musée des Égouts de Paris). It's a fun and fascinating way to spend some time below ground in The City of Lights.

The Museum of Fashion is home to one of the best fashion collections in the world.

Other attractions are just outside of the city. There's Versailles, of course, but don't miss the lesser-known and equally sparkling Chateau de Chantilly.

If you're traveling with children, don't miss the science museums , including Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie found at Parc de la Villette. Free entrance is included with the the Paris Museum Pass ».

1. & 2. Paris Fashion Museums

Musée de la Mode et du Textile

Paris Fashion Museum

The Musée de la Mode et du Textile (Costume and Fashion Museum) is located in a wing of the Louvre along Rue de Rivoli, the Pavillon de Marson.

This museum pays homage to the capital of fashion.

There are 20,000 exhibits and 35,000 accessories which are presented by theme. Costumes date back to the 16th century and include Brigitte Bardot's wedding dress. 107 Rue de Rivoli 75001.

Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

Palais Galliera

Even more hidden is the fashion museum owned by the City of Paris.

It's housed in the 19th-century mansion formerly owned by the Duchess de Galliera and is called, appropriately, Palais Galliera, the Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris. Since Paris is a fashion capital, you know that the city is going to have some absolute gems included in its museum dedicated to the history of fashion.

By the way, due to the fragile nature of its collection, the museum presents only special exhibits. In between exhibits the museum is closed, so be sure to check the website.

  • Palais Galliera
  • 10, Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, 75116
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3. Sewer Tours

Le Musée des Égouts de Paris

Sewer Tours

The égouts (sewers) are a popular underground Paris France attraction and have been since the time they were built during the reign of Napoleon III. (Wasn't everything in Paris?)

This 1300-mile network of tunnels, if laid end to end, would stretch from Paris to Istanbul! At one time, underground boats cruised the sewers but were eventually banned after bank robbers began making their creative getaways via the égouts! Located across from 93 Quai d'Orsay, 75007.

4. Chateau de Chantilly

Chateau de Chantilly

Rising like a mirage from a moat in the midst of a dense forest, the Chateau de Chantilly houses the Musée Conde and features some of the best of 16th, 18th, and 19th-century French architecture.

During the French Revolution the orignal chateau was destroyed by an angry mob, but it was eventually rebuilt in 1844. Today it's open for tours and is an ideal day trip from Paris.

5. & 6. Science Museums

Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie

Science Museum

Parc de la Villette, in the extreme northeast of Paris was built on the site of the former slaughterhouses of the city and now includes an 880-foot-long research and exhibition center as well as two large museums: a music museum and the science museum.

The modern granite, glass and steel structure is organized around science themes such as the earth, space, physics and life. Don't miss the Geode, the giant polished-steel sphere. Located at Parc de la Villette in northeast Paris.

Musée National d'Histoire Naturelle

Musée National d'Histoire Naturelle

In an obscure corner of the 5th Arrondissement, AKA The Latin Quarter, you'll find a park, a zoo, and a museum that's sure to please an entire family.

There's a ton of stuff to see, but the big attraction are the Grande Gallery of Evolution and the Gallery of Paleontology (birds, dinosaurs, prehistoric animals).

  • Jardin des Plantes, 36 Rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire, 75005
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