This less famous museum is very near Notre-Dame and is a quick yet meaningful site to see. This is the famous Paris prison where Marie Antoinette was held before her beheading. The museum is housed in a building on the Île de la Cité and is also close to the Sainte-Chapelle.
Entrance to the museum is on Boulevard du Palais. If you have a Paris Pass, you just show it to the ticket taker and walk right in. The rooms are vast and cavernous. There was a neat exhibit/art installation in the first room while we were there that used Paris river water. Lots of do not touch signs!
The rooms are where the unfortunate souls who were imprisoned there during the Revolution ate and spent most of their time. There is a one way walk through the exhibits, including the actual cell where Marie Antoinette was held and the chapel where she worshipped. There is a poignant courtyard where you can almost hear the prayers whispered by past lost souls imprisoned there. Don’t miss the room on the left right before the exit that has 4 enormous fireplaces where the cooks made the food for the prisoners.
- Cost: 9EUR/children free
- Recommended for: any age
- Tour will take 30-45 minutes
- Super small gift shop at the entrance, not worth walking back to see.
- Metro: Cité
- Dining options: The Brasserie Les Deux Palais is across the street. You could also follow the Boulevard du Palais across the Pont Notre-Dame bridge to the commercial area around Rue de Rivoli.
- Nearby attractions include: Sainte-Chapelle, Pont Neuf, and Notre-Dame
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