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Les Machines de L'ile

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Address: Les Chantiers | Bd Léon Bureau, 44200, Nantes, France
Phone Number: +33 0810 12 12 25
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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

The Machines de l’Ile is an artistic and a tourist project. It...

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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Surprising mix of art and technique

I spent a couple of hours visiting the museum, riding the elephant and admiring the merry go round. Absutely worth it. A differt look at Nantes

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I spent a couple of hours visiting the museum, riding the elephant and admiring the merry go round. Absutely worth it. A differt look at Nantes

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Like Disneyland without the kitsch and equally enjoyable by kids and adults. Great value, you don't even have to pay to see the elephant in action and while I was there I also got to see a dragon get tested out.

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had a Sunday afternoon to spend in Nantes before flying for the Airport the following day, so drove to the Machines de l'Isle and parked in the multi storey opposite. There is no charge to enter the Park, so you can see the Grand Elephant in action and have a coffee while you decide which of the paid attractions... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is indeed special!! We enjoyed it very much! At the beginning we thought it might be just for the little ones, but we were proved wrong. Compared to other attractions from Nantes i can say that this one was the best!!

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a wonderful imaginative place to see and experience awakening the wonder in us all. The visual artists, designers, and construction engineers do a wonderful job in bringing to life their mechanical creations. The 12 metre tall 50 tonne elephant needs to be experienced, but the creature creations proto-types in the galleria are just as interesting. Spent 2 and a... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was pure imagination, hilarious and so thought provoking. I would love to be able to volunteer in such a place. The look of surprise and delight on so many old and young faces is priceless. Go there if you want to be surprised. The elephant and the dragon were huge in dimension and impression. The airplane was a real... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I honestly thought this experience would be better. I was ready to have so much fun but in the end... It was kind of boring. Of course that all those machines are very impressive, but this experience is better for kids.

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Newbury, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

WE purposely went to Nantes to visit this attraction as it had been recommended. We liked the ride on the elephant but were grossly disappointed by the rest although we appreciated the ingenuity. For the cost I felt that they could have explained in English or given some translations. I speak French(but still struggled) but my husband does not and... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I came to this place as part of an organised tour. It was a great surprise, suitably wacky and plenty to see and even participate with. The presenters were very engaging and seemed to thoroughly enjoy their presentations. I'd recommend it.

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Jersey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Be prepared to be blown away by the scale and ambition of the works, there is something for all ages to enjoy and very good value.

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