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

Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM

Address: 30 Av. Corentin Cariou, 75019 Paris, France

Phone: 01 40 05 70 00

Official Website: Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie

Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie Reviews

Rated 3.8 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating This is a really fun place for kids and I'm very glad we decided to make a trip here during our visit to Paris for my daughter's recital. There's lots of interactive and ingenious exhibits to play with that really illustrate a broad range of scientific concepts. The live butterfly room was a hit with the kids, and pretty much everything was. You definitely need a bit of stamina to walk around and stand while your kids have a blast, but it's worth it for the munchkins.
James Mielke - 4 months ago

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4 Star Rating With our Paris Museum pass, we stopped by the Science museum. We didn’t have a lot of time to spend there, so we actually didn’t see much unfortunately. One thing to checkout for sure is the Planetarium. It was an amazing experience but beware it’s only in French but my partner who doesn’t speak French, still enjoyed it a lot. Also, because we didn’t have attributed tickets for the experience, we got seats separated.
Amanda - 3 months ago

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5 Star Rating If you're looking for some fun activities, you should definitely check out the City of Science. They've got a huge mirror moon, a thrilling slide, and great picnic spots right by the river. And that's just outside! Inside, you'll find a free storage area, tons of cool things to see, like an aquarium and robots, and even a cafeteria, fast food joint, and souvenir shop. The place is super well-organized and the activities are totally unique. It's definitely worth a visit!
La Paz Medina - 3 months ago

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5 Star Rating This museum is a real gem in Paris. The exhibition “la ville de demain” is what drew us there and we’re so pleased to have visited. This museum has it all so that adults and kids keep engaged with the exhibits (highly interactive!) and have chances for rest (note the lounge chairs!) and food. It was clean, not too busy and we could check our winter coats and bags for free. A great spot to spend sone family time learning. Merci Cité des Sciences…!
Laura McGahey - 4 months ago

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5 Star Rating Awesome science center, with spaces for small kids, teens and adults as well. There might be lines during the weekend (10/15 min max) but it's well organized. Very close to the subway. There is a restaurant with good options, a submarine and a 360 movie theater. Highly recommend.
jeanmichel molenaar - 7 months ago

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Metro / RER Line Nearest Station Walking Time
M7Porte de la Villette2 minutes

How to get to Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie 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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