Les Machines De L'Isle De Nantes, Nantes
Continuing our story of the Galerie des machines, and its mechanical marvels we went to a demonstration in the back , of the Avion. The airplane
The first time we heard this word for the latin base languages we know it came from the word aviation latin for avis that means bird and actio that means action. It was mentioned first in 1863 by the French Gabriel de La Landelle,in his book entitled " Aviation ou navigation aérienne sans ballon" or roughly aviation or aerial navigation without balloon.
Here with the hydraulic machine you get to see the plane go up and down side ways here the storm approaching and the also snow. The Pilot is a real person the rest is machines. The commentator is very funny and entertaining. Part of the experience.
A nice presentation and great family fun. a must for all visitors.
a tropical garden with plants and animals machine like!!! great demonstrations for kids to ride and very good educational tool.
You see a heron of 8 meters carrying passengers with a model of the tree of herons or arbre aux hérons alongside mechanical plants! All with shops to show you how all the items on display are made and repair.
Eventually you will see the real version of which it will be 50 meters of diameter with 35 meters high mounted on two herons.
The mechanical ant, the lifts underground,and the plants with insects in huge sizes all mechanical. In addition, there is an airplane with flying mechanical demonstration ,wind, noise, snow all is done before your eyes in a family atmosphere with very funny hosts.
Fun for the whole family, 8€ admission adults. open all year Closed in February.
This is a carrouseil of fishes figures in over sizes with the emphasis on showing the life at sea in an interactive machine environment.
You have 360° views at 25 meters high,and 22 meters in diameter. At the parc des chantiers overlooking the Loire river passing the bridge or pont Anne de Bretagne ,street name is Blvd Léon Bureau.
The carrousel is in 3 stages to discover the sea from the bottom abyss to the surface. You see the giant crab, the Calamar or octopus or the great submarine call the Bathyscaphe. In the second level you see the manta rays, or the pirate fish, in giant machines. The surface or 3 level you see the boats, and flying fishes and medusas with mechanical waves demonstration.
Admission is 8€ adults with a guide or without 6€ adults
you ,also, have a normal carrousel just a few meters away for the whole family to enjoy both!
this is part of the complex les machines de l'île that is located in parc de Chantiers or the dockyard park just over the Loire on the bridge or pont Anne de Bretagne. The street name is blvd Léon Bureau.
You go by the esplanade facing the river, and there you see a huge carrousel(see tip) next to it is the Big Elephant.
Le Grand Elephant is 12 meters high, 8 M wide, and 21 meters long with 48,4 tons of steel and wood running at 1-3 kph! and ride all over the park and into the galerie des machines!
The ride is 8€ adults.
50 persons capacity and you can see the hydraulic details of its feet once on top.The view is like been in a fourth floor house with nice views all around you,and you come in into the galerie des machines (tip).
Great fun for the entire family.
This is an curiosity artist studio inspired by Jules Verne.
Artists are creating creatures on spot, almost all of them have some movements, offering a ride and flashing lights etc. Very interesting. Take a look at my Elephant video!
The “Machines of the Isle of Nantes” is a weird exhition of huge mechanical animals! I’ve read on VT that is a must see attraction when in Nantes so we did went there. It took us some time to find the place as we crossed the river from a wrong bridge but we really liked the animals. There are 2 tickets, one for the gallery and one for the elephant ride. Altough the ride seems more exciting we regret it, it was the most boring 45’ I ever spend anywhere!
It’s amazing what great job they have done with the animals(they are made of wood and supported by mechanical systems for the movement) but been up on the top of the island is just boring because it moves slowly, really slowly making a circle in the open air area next to the exhibition, it would be great if it was on the avenue :)
By the way you can go there and take as many pictures of the elephant for free, you pay for the ride but not for walking around, for me it would be better to have some video shoots of the elephant while on the move.
Before we ride the elephant with 25 other people we had the chance to see the engineers and sculptors working on new animals, there was also a small video presentation.
Tickets (7euros) sell out fast, there are some rides in the morning and then after 3pm (the line starts at 2pm)
When in Nantes by all means do the cathedral, castle, botanical gardens etc., but whatever you do, don't miss this! The sight of a four-story walking mechanical elephant (and the opportunity to ride it) is truly unique.
This bizzare coming together of Jules Verne (who was born in the city), Leonardo Da Vinci and a comminity of engineers and sculptors have created a fascinating beast and they're now working on a massive metal tree sculpture you can walk on and a carousel full of mechanical sea creatures (many of which are already on display).
Being British I'm used to eccentricity, but this is simply astounding (photographs don't do it justice). That it was great for a geek like me came as no surprise, but my long suffering wife and daughter also voted it as their favourite bit of the holiday - I can't think of a stronger endorsement.
Key tip: The elephant only has room for 35 people so tickets sell out fast. You need to start queueing at the booking office well before it opens (10am for morning rides and 2pm for afternoon ones). What worked well for us was to get there for lunchtime and see the elephant on its midday walk, have lunch and draw straws for who gets to stand in the queue. You've then got time to look round the gallery and exhibits before your 15.30 ride.