Conciergerie Museum: From the Palace to the Prison

The Conciergerie used to be a feared name, especially during the French Revolution. Very often, it was the last step for a ''traitor'' or a noble before to be guillotined. 

How the oldest palace of Paris became a prison? Why Marie-Antoinette was kept here before her execution? Did the jail welcome other famous prisoners? 

This visit leads you alternately into the medieval French kingdom, the daily life of the jail and the last days of a queen.


Standard duration: 1 hr to 2 hrs

Price: 250€ (up to 30 people)                        The location of hearing system is recommended beyond 8 people

Flat price. Tickets not included.                     Location: 2€/person for a half day


We will see together: the old palace's rooms (Hall of Men at Arms, kitchen...) and the prison (cells, documents...)


Other tours in the same area: Notre Dame, Sainte-ChapelleParis Islands

Please note there is a combined ticket for the Sainte-Chapelle and Conciergerie Museum

© Caroline Weber

From what age is the tour recommended?

The middle-ages section is for everyone but the prison part can make children feel ill-at-ease if they are sensitive. The 8 years old children can follow this tour with no special difficulty.


How long is the tour?

In 2 hours, you can visit completely the museum and appreciate every room. Yet the tour can be combined with another one of the same area and include a 1 hour tour of Conciergerie museum if you want to make the best of your time. 


Is there a time we cannot visit the Conciergerie?

The Conciergerie is open every day of the year except on some public holidays (January 1, May 1, December 25). 


When is the best time to avoid the crowd?

Conciergerie museum is generally quiet except on week ends and Wednesdays.


Is this visit wheelchair accesible ?

Unfortunately, it is not. There are few steps on the way the museum can't change (a listed building cannot be deeply altered in France). Though if your disability allow you to walk few steps, you'll be able to see the essential of the building.


Good to know

In winter, the museum is quite cold. Dress well if you don't want to freeze.

In summer, it is fresh. Get a light vest or jacket just in case.