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Address: Les Chantiers | Bd Léon Bureau, 44200 Nantes, France
Phone Number: +33 0810 12 12 25
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Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: The Machines de l’Ile is an artistic and a tourist project. It is a blend...
The Machines de l’Ile is an artistic and a tourist project. It is a blend of the invented worlds of Jules Verne, the mechanical universe of Leonardo da Vinci, and the industrial history of Nantes, on an exceptional site in the former shipyards. A ride on the 12-meter tall Great Elephant, climb aboard the Marine Worlds Carrousel of 27 moving sea creatures or the Heron Tree to fly over the hanging gardens.
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a nice place to visit for families.

This is the main tourists attraction in Nantes, and it is worth the trip. Have fun and enjoy the special ride on these poetically strange sea creatures, and get a great view over... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Nantes, France
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Nantes, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This is the main tourists attraction in Nantes, and it is worth the trip. Have fun and enjoy the special ride on these poetically strange sea creatures, and get a great view over the city. it is ideally situated, close to parks, cafes and restaurants, and if your kids are too small for this attraction, or if the price is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I went to this with my wife and it's really cool, we don't even have children! Highly recommend the ride on the elephant, though it's worth it just to see it walk and get sprayed by the trunk. The whole experience is worth a visit though. For us this was Nantes. Definitely worth booking in advance on line if you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

If you pass through Nantes you have to go to see "Les Machines de l'Ile". It's a wonderful place, with steampunk-like machines representing an elephant, insects, marine and submarine animals. You'll also be able to visit the factory! It's an awesome place for kids and adults.

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Limoges, France
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10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

If we had checked the opening times in advance (it was February and they don't operate all day in the winter) and had had the opportunity to actually go on it it would have got a five! It looks just amazing, very Jules Verne, and so huge! Will have to go back and have a ride.

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Nantes, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The attraction is fabulous, but pricy should you wish to take any of the rides, free to watch. It's still worth one visit, if not two - cause price. BE CAREFUL ELEPHANTS HAVE TO TAK A WEE, SOMETIMES!!!

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Bedale, United Kingdom
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We had a trip around the Old Dock Yard on a life size mechanical elephant, it was absolutely fantastic and we highly recommend a visit here. It is a wonderful and educational place to visit.

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Le Mans, France
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We went to this attraction during the Christmas break with my adult daughter and had a great time. The Jules Verne like machines, many of which moved, were amazing and the information and drawings regarding their construction was very interesting. My daughter loved the ride on the giant elephant which walked with its passengers around the plaza. There is a... More 

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

As one perspective, these exhibits are incredible. It is my opinion however, that a project as enormous as this should have more than one point of view. Each piece of machinery is brilliantly crafted and transports you into parts of your imagination that you didn't know were there, although gives the impression that each one was created by the same... More 

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Lyon, France
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I just loved it there. The different machines are unique and all funtion differently. The attraction is close to the city center and not very expensive. I would assume that it is a great place for children, but for adults as well, especially if you are a bit tech savvy.

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Chicago, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Odd...that's all I can say, very odd. I'm sure that I'm missing something, but I don't know what. I just don't know what all the fuss is about this "exhibit" but I won't be going back.

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