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La Cite des Sciences et de L'lndustrie

30 av. Corentine-Cariou | La Villette, 75019 Paris, France (Buttes Chaumont / La Villette)
33 1 40 05 80 00
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Ranked #250 of 751 attractions in Paris
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Type: Science Museums
Activities: Leisure education
Description: This large interactive science museum has numerous exhibits dedicated to making science comprehensible for non-scientists.
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Central Coast California
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86 reviews 86 reviews
34 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Put this toward the top of your list if you're interested in science at all. Although a lot of the exhibits are in French, it's still very easy to understand what they're about. Go early and plan to spend the entire day. Tour the submarine first, before crowds arrive. There's also a geodesic dome where movies are shown all day.... More

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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We visited the so called Cite des enfants (5-12 years old) with my kids (2 and 6 y.o.) following a recommendation by a French friend of ours. Both children liked it so much and had great fun! It was amusing for us (as adults) too. The tour takes 1,5 hours (booked in advance) and time flew so fast. There are... More

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Nantwich, United Kingdom
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115 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

My 8 year old and I spent our last day in Pars it this museum which was great, we didn't have enough time to see it all but the planetarium was excellent, she also really enjoyed the city for children, my only complaint was the very complex ticketing system, where each section of the museum required a supplementary ticket. It... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Went there with my 16 and 21 year old sons. I speak fluent french and my sons not so much. Very large but very empty with substance. If my boys were much younger like 5 and 10 then it could be fun. All 3 of us fell asleep during the planetarium movie. There is nothing in the whole museum that... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

After visiting a lot of similar institutes (Budapest, Glasgow, Vienna, London, Edinburgh) I see some Incompleteness i Paris. We have seen the Explora part of the exhibition. The building is very spacious and insinuating, the surroundings are also very pleasant. The first unpleasant surprise was the 50 minutes waiting time. The information materials were colorful an with a nice print... More

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Hobart, Tasmania
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107 reviews 107 reviews
12 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

An easy trip on the metro to La Villette and a short walk takes you to the Cite. It isn't an easy museum to visit....I speak french well but still struggled a little. My son (9yrs) enjoyed himself, especially in the hands-on sections to do with sound, light etc. The temp video games through the ages section was pretty ordinary,... More

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This museum has forgotten that (a) execution is all and that (b) de haut en bas simply doesn't work in today's youth culture. An interactive science museum is a good idea but don't expect it to be easy. First, if you advertise that the exhibits are explained in English and other languages as well as French, they must be. Second,... More

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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249 attraction reviews
293 helpful votes 293 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

To me, the most interesting thing about this place is the architecture and building itself as there are far better science and technology museums around the globe - London, Sydney and Washington - for example. The building is immense and set into the landscape which is effectively part of Parc de La Villette. So, in my view the exhibits are... More

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Regensburg, Bayern, Germany
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Totally unexpected visit to the 180 degree theater. We saw a flyer at our hotel regarding this theater and the science museum, and we thought to pay a visit to this place. To reach this place you have to take metro no: 7 from "gare de l'est" and get down at "pte la villette". After reaching this place we came... More

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Caterham, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We'd paid for the Paris "Museum Pass" which gives access to a huge number of Paris museums, due to good feedback from TripAdvisor, this museum was a priority to visit. Unfortunately it was a lot down. The museum pass only gets you the most basic entry, with pretty much everything else being charged extra. On top of this the museum... More

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