Archaeological Crypt of the Ile de la Cité

This underground space evokes the past of the Ile de la Cité through the discovery of the remains found during excavations carried out from 1965.

Archaeological Crypt of the Ile de la Cité
7 parvis de Notre-Dame, Place Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris 4ème


7 parvis de Notre-Dame
Place Jean-Paul II
75004 Paris 4ème



+33 (0)1 55 42 50 10


Metro : Cité or Saint-Michel (Ligne 4)
RER : Saint-Michel Notre-Dame (Ligne B et C)

Bus : 21, 24, 27, 38, 47, 85 and 96

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Arranged in 1980 under the forecourt of Notre Dame de Paris cathedral to showcase the archaeological remains found during excavations carried out between 1965 and 1972, the Crypt offers a unique view on the urban and architectural evolution of the Ile de la Cité, the historic heart of Paris.

By discovering the buildings that have followed each other on the site, from antiquity to the twentieth century, the visitor goes back in time. Reviving the memory of one of the oldest districts of Paris, the Crypt shows how the city, for over two thousand years, has continued to rebuild on itself. In 2012, the museum of the Archaeological Crypt of the Notre Dame forecourt was completely renovated.


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Type of clientele

  • Groups
  • Students
  • Special rate for jobseekers


  • Minimum number: 20

Animals not accepted


Type of visit available

  • Unguided individual tours available permanently
  • Guided individual tours available permanently
  • Unguided group tours on request
  • Guided group tours on request

Average length of individual visit

60 min

Average length of group visits

90 min

Additional visit

Audioguide price : 5€
Listening time : 30 minutes

Children audioguides available in English, French, and Spanish.


Adult audio guides language(s)

Educational signs and documentation language(s)

Spoken language(s)

Language(s) of documentation


Visits for groups are possible everyday when the museum is open except on public hodays, on Saturday ans Sunday afeter 13:00.

Price reduction applied : 10% for 20 tickets/20% for 50 tickets/30% for 100 tickets (discounts made on the reduced price)



Large family



Included in the Paris Museum Pass

Free younger than 18 year


For groups :
Booking required
External guide accepted
Right to sepak : yes
Right to speak cost : 30€



  • Accessible for self-propelled wheelchairs