Archaeological Crypt of the Ile de la Cité

  • Historic site and monument
  • Historic patrimony
  • Religious heritage
  • Ruins and remains
  • Archeological site
  • Crypt

This archaeological site, located under the forecourt of Notre-Dame Cathedral, evokes the past of the Ile de la Cité through the discovery of remains found during excavations carried out since 1965.

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.

Opening and closing times

Every day throughout the year between 10 am and 6 pm. Closed on Monday. Closing cash registers at 17:30.


Visits for groups are possible everyday when the museum is open except on public hodays, on Saturday ans Sunday after 1pm.

Bulk ticketing: dedicated rates for CSEs, associations and communities and for tourism professionals.

Full price: 9 €
Reduced price: 7 €
Large family: from 6 €.

Free entry for children < 18 years.
Group rate available for > 20 people.

Paris Museum Pass accepted: time slot reservation recommended.


Types of customers

  • Cash dispensers


  • Minimum number of people : 20
  • Sales TO/Distributors


  • Animals accepted


Types of visits available

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

Average length of visit

  • 60 minutes (individual)
  • 90 minutes (groups)


Spoken languages

  • French

Documentation languages

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Visit languages

  • French

Languages of educational signs

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Audioguide languages

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Additional information

Audioguide price : 5€
Listening time : 30 minutes

Children audioguides available in English, French, and Spanish.

Individual guided tours: see website for schedule.

Group visits are possible every day during the museum's opening hours, except on public holidays, Saturdays and Sundays after 1 pm.


  • Hearing disability
  • Mental disability
  • Visual disability
  • Accessible for self-propelled wheelchairs


Métro : Cité ou Saint-Michel (Ligne 4)
RER : Saint-Michel Notre-Dame (Ligne B et C)
Bus : 21, 24, 27, 38, 47, 85 et 96

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Contact information

Your contacts

Sales marketing manager

  • Ms/Mrs Caroline VENTURINI Marketing department
  • +33(0)1 80 05 40 21
  • [email protected]


  • "Reservation fee + entrance fee per person. A fixed price is charged for an activity with a Paris Musées cultural facilitator.

    External guide accepted

    For more information on prices, contact [email protected]