This is the Science and Industry Museum in Paris. It's out in the 19th arrondissement but near two Metro stops so easy to get there. (Porte de la Villette Metro Station)
There are special activities for children of different ages so check the web site listed below. This can be combined with a visit to the Music Museum on the opposite side of the Parc de la Villette and you can then leave from the Porte de Pantin Metro Station.
This is a terrific Science museum and is especially great when combined with a visit to the Géode.
30, avenue Corentin-Cariou - 75019 Paris.
Open Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and until 7 p.m.08 92 69 70 72 on Sundays. Closed Monday.
The Centre de Sciences et de l'Industrie (scientific and industrial centre) is a gorgeous parc full of interesting scientific buildings and inventions. The big mirror-ball contains a cinema.
You can seasily pend 4-5 hours here without getting bored, so plan a whole afternoon for it!
A city of science and industry has risen here from the most unlikely ashes. When a slaughterhouse was built on the site in the 1960s, it was touted as the most modern of its kind. It was abandoned in 1974, and the location on the city's northern edge presented the government with a problem. What could be built in such an unlikely place? In 1986, the converted premises opened as the world's most expensive ($642 million) science complex, designed to "modernize mentalities" in the service of modernizing society.
The place is so vast, with so many exhibits, that a single visit gives only an idea of the scope of the Cité. Busts of Plato, Hippocrates, and a double-faced Janus gaze silently at a tube-filled riot of high-tech girders, glass, and lights. The sheer dimensions pose a challenge to the curators of its constantly changing exhibits. Some exhibits are couched in Gallic humor--imagine using the comic-strip adventures of a jungle explorer to explain seismographic activity. Explora, a permanent exhibit, occupies the three upper levels of the building and examines four themes: the universe, life, matter, and communication. The Cité also has a multimedia library, a planetarium, and an "inventorium" for kids. The silver-skinned geodesic dome called La Géode--a 34m (112 ft.) high sphere with a 370-seat theater--projects the closest thing to a 3-D cinema in Europe and has several surprising additions, including a real submarine.
The Cité is in the Parc de La Villette, an ultramodern science park surrounding some of Paris's newest housing developments. This is Paris's largest park--twice the size of the Tuileries. The playgrounds, fountains, and sculptures are all innovative creations. Here you'll find a belvedere, a video workshop for children, and information about exhibits and events, along with a cafe and restaurant.
Cite des Sciences et de l'Industrie (City of Science and Industry) located in 19th district in northeast part of Paris. Interesting especially for children museum of technology and science. Look at me trying to understand volcano on the pic :-).
On the outskirts of Paris you'll find Parc de la Villette. In this beatiful park you'll also find a science museum, a music museum, the Argonout submarine, Le Géode cinema and more. It's a fun place for both children and adults. This giant burried bicycle is an example of the stuff you can find there. I was walking there for half an hour and haven't noticed it, only climbing to higher grounds revealed the mystery of this huge chunks of metal stuck in the grass.
For more images, check out the travelogue.
Cité de la Séance - a nice instructive 'sight' if your are going to Paris with teenagers or kids. Lots of interesting curiosities and scientific experiments explained. The funny-looking globe is the 'Géode' and you can view several movies in there, even 3D, on a huge screen.
Visit La Villette 'Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie', situated in the north-east of Paris.
Here you find everything here about science and technology, the earth and the universe, the adventure of life, language and communication,...
La Vellette Park-
It was designed by American architect - Bernard Tschumi, who won the competition for this park design. The park locates in the north of Paris, you may find a subway station with the same name of it. On the entrance there's an info center, you may get map of the park. Since the park is a typical work of Deconstructive style, which theorilly formed by point, line and plane, you may get a little bit confusing first. However, it's really interesting to find different ways accessing different parts.
(More pics are in Travelogue ^^)
If you would like to see the place where the iron and feather weight the same, see your portrait in the infrared or touch the sound waves, this is the place - The science city La Vilette.
We've spent there almost all day and had really great fun watching, reading, playing with light and sound.... you can really see many phenomenons for yourself, you can move or touch almost everything. And it was really, really amusing, interesting and exciting at the same time. Many things we've remembered from school but also we learned a lot from e.g physics, biology etc.
Exhibitions are permanent or seasonal, so there's always a reason to pay a visit to La Vilette.
A "must see" for school kids and anyone interested in science
If you know a little French and you like science and technology then you will find this place very interesting. Some exhibits are translated into English and Spanish so there is still something for those who are not proficient in the language. Displays change often. Come early if you want to see everything it can take a whole day. It is easily accessible by metro.
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