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)

Directions

Metro / RER Line Nearest Station Walking Time
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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Reviews

Rated 4.2 out of 5

5 Star Rating The munchkins and I took a day for yourselves and decided to visit the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie during our recent trip to Paris. I've been to a lot of science museums over the years including Los Angeles, Chicago, Portland, and San Francisco and I have to say that this is one of the best science museums I've ever visited. For the tourists, the vast majority of exhibits had copy in English so we were able to enjoy the museum despite not being fluent in French. The museum itself was very reasonably priced. We went ahead and got tickets to two of the extra exhibits which were actually more than the normal price of admission. The exhibits were engaging for the munchkins and interesting for myself (an engineer). One thing that I really noticed (and enjoyed) was that so many of the exhibits weren't just about science, but had an artistic angle. The robotics traveling exhibit was more about the art and aesthetics of robots than the actual technology. They also had the standard fare of Earth sciences, astronomy, sound, light, etc. All done in a very interesting and hand-on manner to engage the munchkins. This was an enjoyable and unique way to spend of our days in Paris. I would suggest that for a family traveling to Paris with kids it would be a fantastic diversion at the 1/2 way point of a vacation. As a final aside, the second traveling exhibit was about the history of video games, which made me feel nostalgic and old. Was this review …?

文武 - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating Nice with kids. Place didn't age too well but the main thing is the exhibitions. Plenty of good ones for kids.

Martin Soler - 3 months ago

2 Star Rating We liked the planetarium watched the cosmic collusion documentary there but the rest of the place is not worth the money you are paying. Kids only liked the sound section. Went on a weekday afternoon and luckily there was no queue.

Ayca Kavvas - 5 months ago

4 Star Rating Great science museum. Only a couple of exhibits for 7+, most are 10+. Combo ticket pricing onsite cheaper than website. Try to take Metro line 7 if you can. Line 5 sometimes a bit hairy. Worth the trip.

Richie Lum - 5 months ago

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