Discovery of the Catacombs 

Two kilometers of subterranean galleries tell the story of the Parisian underground and how it was exploited until it was transformed into an ossuary in the eighteenth century. 

The Paris underground: geology and quarries

Discover the geological history of Paris, shaped nearly 45 million years ago by a tropical sea whose sedimentary rocks dug from an immense network of subterranean quarries helped build Paris. This circuit gives access to the cave-ins.

The song of the quarries: story for all audiences (one-off visit)

Stories of life and death, stories of men that tell about this fascinating site.

Discover the Catacombs in French sign language

Discover the Paris Catacombs with a deaf guide who speaks using French sign language. 

These tours provide an in-depth visit to the site and give access to the sculptures of Décure, the Quarriers’ Footbath, the Sacellum Crypt, the Sepulchral Lamp and the tomb of Gilbert.

  • Guided tours in French programmed for individuals on Thursdays at 1p.m.: Discovery of the Catacombs

Reservation online
Starting at age 10
Duration: 1.5 hours 
No disabled access 

  • Choice of guided tours for groups with a museum lecturer

Because of strong demand, we recommend you reserve the time slot for your visit at least four weeks ahead of time.

Group size: 20 participants maximum, including accompanying persons.
Group size for French sign language tour: 10 participants maximum, including accompanying persons.

  • Open tours for independent groups or with a lecturer from outside the museum 

Mandatory reservation Online tickets for groups

Group size: 20 participants maximum, including accompanying persons.