The Louvre and the Pompidou Centre are far from being the only museums in Paris. The city has many lesser known, often private, museums that are well worth going out of your way to visit.
Another quirky place to visit is the Musée des Egouts comprising the largest network of sewers in the world, showing what Paris looks like below ground. The other major underground attraction, the Paris Catacombs dating from Roman times, is a labyrinthine network housing the remains of more than six million Parisians transferred here from the city’s cemeteries. The Catacombs draw a constant stream of visitors, though only 200 people are allowed inside at a time.
There is a completely different atmosphere at the Musée des Arts Forains, where visitors can relive the experience of a 19th-century funfair and learn how to restore an ancient merry-go-round. Another museum in a 19th-century townhouse, the Nouveau Musée du Parfum Fragonard, gives visitors an unforgettable insight into perfume and the history of traditional perfume making at the Fragonard factory.