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 VisitFee: 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)
|Metro / RER Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|M7||Porte de la Villette||2 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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Ratedout of 5
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 - 8 days ago
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 - 10 days ago
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 - 18 days ago
Great place to visit. For kids and adults. Interesting expeditions. I MAX was nice but I expected something more exciting. Some expeditions were not working but generally it was in good condition. It had also English translations
George Pan - 2 months ago
Our 3 kids under 3 loved it. Lots to do, plenty of different activities to cater for each individual child. Very safe and easy to supervise kids roaming around. Was fine for 2prams as we left them in the central walkway while kids went off to each exhibit/play area on the side. Cafe had plenty of choice for lunch. 90minutes is good amount of time.
raryan11 - 5 months ago