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

Official Website: Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie

Fee: Yes

Regular 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


Rated 3.8 out of 5Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie Star Rating

4 Star Rating It's my second visit, visited once as a teenager and loved the place. Visited now as an adult, the place does feel more appropriate for a younger audience but adults can still enjoy it. It's a must visit for families! The price is very good considering the number of exhibitions you get access to (several exhibitions + planetarium + aquarium + submarine visit), you would need a full day to visit everything, check the planetarium schedule before going to plan on being there for the shows you're interested in. I'm giving 4 stars instead of 5 because of the number of exhibitions with issues (computers out of service and displaying errors), the place needs some renovation, but it's still worth visiting especially with kids

Mariejoe Chahine - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating Looks a bit like Aperture Science from Portal :) There are many different little exhibitions there it's good for both adults and kids. I think it's a cool place to go and spend some time, you never know what you are going to experience. Today there were robo dogs from Boston Dynamics there which made my day and the band playing on the escalators was unexpected fun too .

Eva Praskova - 1 month ago

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 - 1 month ago

2 Star Rating Badly organized and outdated - innovations of the 70s and 80s. Seriously? Half of the museum is closed for “renovation” - in fact just closed. Not much to do. Not recommended. It is optimized for some cooking classes that take 70% of the museum space on the main 1st floor. Not recommended. Also not cheap.

Alexey Krivitsky - 4 months ago

4 Star Rating It was wonderful and admirable to visit this location. I was overjoyed to join the group of people enjoying fun here, both young and old. Bring your kids here to improve their future.

சமூக போராளி ! Joan Marshal - 1 month ago

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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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