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Les Machines de L'ile

Les Chantiers | Bd Léon Bureau, 44200 Nantes, France
+33 0810 12 12 25
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Ranked #3 of 31 Attractions in Nantes
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Galleries, Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Memphis, Tennessee
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Feel like a child again. Discovery is the overwhelming feeling. You mouth will be open from the wonder. The elephant alone is worth the trip. It's Ike you stumbled across a mini scifi carnival.

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Hove
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Great cyber toys which shows how creative people can be. Worth riding the elephant, whatever your age. Not cheap but worth it and a great place to walk around.

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Biddulph, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

I really remember this as one of the best things I have ever seen in my life. In a place of what could have been a scene of industrial dereliction, they have produced mechanical magic. The scale of the automata is stunning- the only word that does justice to the genius and craftsmanship of these machines. Once seen, you will... More

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Pucon, Chile
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful place, The animals are incredibles, very realistic. I totally recommended it. Sadly the big elephant wasn't available this time and the dragon was in China.

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Dublin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Great for Jules Verne fans. Amazing machines and a really interesting look at the natural world. A bit too steam punk for me - but my friends enjoyed it a lot. Saw the elephant and took a load if photos. Very impressive and the guides (although it's all through French) were fantastic and really animated. Bit expensive though at €8... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We arrived at 11 just as the elephant was starting his morning walk and what an impressive sight. Walking alongside the huge machine and being able it see all the moving parts in operation was impressive. The sound effects were good too. I am not sure if I would want to spend the 45 minutes riding up on the elephant... More

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Amazing! Everything from the warehouse venue to the machines, the elephant, the dragon, the undersea carousel... Brilliant, and even better if you are a fan of Jules Verne's imagination like we are

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Redhill, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I initially went to see this with some friends who live in France and because I had seen the elephant in London years before. The elephant is always good to see but the rest of it is poor. The pricing structure is difficult to understand and is expensive. There are some demonstrations of the machines but this is all in... More

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Delvin, Westmeath, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

It was just amazing! Not as big of an exhibition as you might think but the working of all the machines is magical! The staff (fluent french!) are just so enthusiastic about the machines that altho you understand very little of what theyre saying you just get excited with them! We also went on the elephant which was amazing and... More

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Liverpool, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Les Machines de L'ile are housed on the island in what looks like a hangar. Inside we have the elephant and new creations, some almost ready some still under wraps .Get there early because rides on the elephant book up quickly 8 Euros to ride the elephant 8 Euros to see new prototypes. ,This 40ft high elephant is constructed of... More

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