Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, Paris
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.
This is a huge park enclosing several places, day and night activities. Main entrance is at 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, the easiest way to get here is by metro once in Paris.line 5 at Porte de Pantin (Grande Halle) on Bobigny and Place d'Italie OR line 7 Porte de la Villette on Villejuif-Louis Aragon / La Courneuve. by car, you have two parkings at Parking Nord "Cité des Sciences" and Parking Sud "Cité de la musique"
this pdf file will help you guide you Inside ,its a map of the parc
you have Inside the following:
Le WIP Villette, permanent place dedicated to hip hop,amateur practices, social theater, and artistic diversities and urgencies.
La Cité des sciences et de l'industrie has Entertainment, expositions, Library, conférences, current news, and a great source for children.
From 1990, the espace Chapiteaux (4200 m²) has been of the first places for the contemporary circus in Paris.
La Géode is an sphere mirotoire of 36 meters in diameter covering 6433 triangles of steel. it houses a cinema, with image and sound unique.
flagbearer of the national marine in the 50's the Argonaute has done 10 times the tour of the earth before posing its 400 tons in 1989,next to the Géode
After an idea of king François Ier,Napoléon builts a canal to change the course of the waters of the Ourcq ,and give water access to Paris.
It has an equestrian center with courses every day;
the great Cabaret Sauvage, from 1994, Méziane Azaïche has built its own magical Mirror canopy and from 1997,host spectacles of the heart with dance, music and theater.
The Péniche Cinéma, host all types of cinémas from all the countries.dedicated to Young producers or production houses.
Zénith de Paris, In 1875, lift off from the Villette a gas ballon called the Zénith that beats the altitude record at the time. A century later another adventure starts, in 1984 with a concert by Renaud, now it is dedicated tothe grand concerts of rock and varieties.
the bicyclette endevelie, the rest of a bicycle abandon by a giant, only has the seat, the Wheel and the upper part of a tire.
The Hall de la Chanson, Centre National du Patrimoine de la Chanson, des Variétés et des Musiques actuelles,non profit association established here from 1990 and aided by the ministry of culture and the SACEM. to help push musical talent
Trabendo, one of the ideas of Bernard Tschumi houses today from the early 90's a concert hall with 700 seats.
Grande Halle, the previous slaughterhouse of la Villette,now a historical monument
Pavillon Paul Delouvrier, open in 1991,building created by Oscar Tusquets forming 3 bodies geometric in white marble (ellipse,square, rectangle) separated by gardens of winter that gives over to terraces.
philormonica de Paris, and jazz ensemble and many other goodies, its a complete Entertainment center in a city.
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.
La Géode cinema, with its hemispherical screen, in Parc de la Villette.For more images, check out the travelogue.
If you want forget museums as Louvre of Orsay, or maybe you are tired of so much art... go there and enjoy the experiments.