Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie (Science Centre)

The huge range of attractions at Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie - La Villette will enthral and educate visitors of all ages and interests

View of the Geode which houses the 3D theatre at Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie
View of the Geode which houses the 3D theatre at Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie cc licensed photo by Leandro's World Tour

The Cite des Sciences et de l'Industrie is the largest science museum on the European continent. Situated in the Parc de la Villette in the city of lights, i.e. Paris, this museum of science can be found at the very centre of the CCSTI (Cultural Centre of Science, Technology and Industry). The Cite should definitely not be overlooked when visiting Paris as it promises to make for one of the most interesting, informative and inspiring outings that you will ever embark on.

On average, more than 5 million visitors go to see the Cite every year. Their huge range of attractions is bound to keep even the pickiest of visitors, children and adults alike, entertained and enthralled. The Cite des Sciences et de l'Industrie strives to encourage a public interest in the appreciation of science and industry. Most of the exhibits on display feature signage in French, English and Spanish.

Some of the attractions include a submarine, a planetarium, an auditorium, an IMAX cinema, an aquarium and the library of science and industry. The Bioclimatic Facade is one of the most impressive features at the Cite des Sciences et de l'Industrie and Les Serres is a remarkable engineering feat that can be seen in front of the park. Les Serres comprises of 3 striking greenhouses (each with the dimensions: 20m high, 20m deep and 8m wide) which were the first buildings built using glass walls devoid of any framing or supporting fins. The exhibitions are regularly updated to keep the museum interesting and educational, no matter how many times you have visited the Cite before there will always be something new to see.

There are facilities available that ensure that your visit to the Cite des Sciences et de l'Industrie is as convenient as possible. These facilities include restaurants, ATMs, a gift shop, a French sign language service and a guide path for the visually impaired.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Address: 30 Avenue Corentin Cariou, 75019 Paris, France

Phone: 01 40 05 70 00

Official Website: Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie (Science Centre)

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M7Porte de la Villette2 minutes

How to get to Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie (Science Centre) by Metro / RER

By Metro: Take Metro Line 7 to Porte de la Villette‎ Station and exit up the stairs towards the front of the train and follow the signs for the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie at Geode.

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Rated 4.1 out of 5City of Science and Industry Star Rating

4 Star Rating It's pretty neat. Lot's of stuff to see and interact with - you need to give yourself plenty of time though to check it out. We were there for some time and didn't get to see everything, that's for sure. I would check it out for yourself and give yourself 4-5 hours (with a break). Nice people who run it too!

Gabriel McCarthy - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Great visit for all ages, young and old. Fantastic displays which are fun and incredibly informative. You can easily spend several day there. The prices were extremely reasonable. Superb day.

Paulus dieBoskabouter - 2 months ago

3 Star Rating This museum is listed as the biggest science museum in Europe. That may be true in square feet, but unlikely in number of exhibits. There is a lot of empty space in this museum. This museum is video intensive, with not many physical exhibits, apparatus, displays of artifacts, etc. There are some, but even most of these also have associated video components. There are video monitors everywhere. Some are movies, up to 1/2 hour long, some are interactive simulators, some are just displays of images and text. A lot of this material could be accessed on YouTube, or elsewhere on the internet without making a trip to a museum. Some on the interactive displays are interesting and some quite challenging. In addition to French, much of the signage is in English also. Some of the video screens allow you to select a language. There is a nice planetarium. Tickets for this are clearly advertised at the ticket office, and you can also get tickets inside the museum, near the planetarium (which is not true at the other science museum in Paris). Some of the planetarium shows have translations into other languages (including English) You access this using a cell phone sized audio device you can pick up near the staircase leading to the planetarium. The museum is the destination of a lot of school field trips, which line up first thing, so you may find a bit of a line when the museum first opens. The museum is easy to get to. There is a metro stop a few hundred yards from the entrance. There is an i Max theater, but I didn't visit it. I'm giving this three stars mainly because going to a museum to watch computer monitors (which I can do just as well at home) did not appeal to me, but there were a few things interesting enough to hold my attention for a few hours.

GSR GSR - 2 months ago

4 Star Rating Nice place with lots of activities. Ask information first on what is to do. Plenty to do for adults there. Some interesting, some not so much. Still we managed to always find something to do from morning till closing time.

Stamate Cristian - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating Fun & interactive science museums covering many different topics! From chaos theory to food science, they have it all. Sometimes they have interesting temporary exhibitions too. I went to the one for film making where visitors can make their own ‘movies’ by recording themselves using the latest film technologies. You can also access ‘the geode’ (spherical silver ball outside). The museum is also connected to a shopping mall with restaurants, clothing stores, and another IMAX cinema. Great place for family.

Dana K - 2 months ago


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