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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 #4 of 22 attractions in Nantes
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The Elephant ride is superb and it lasts 25 min, but they charge you the same amount to go on ONE ride in the carrousel that only lasts 4 minutes. They tell you the attraction lasts about one hour when you buy the ticket though. It only means you can look at the mechanical creatures for an hour. Not worth... More

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Richmond Hill, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Wow It is Jules Verne's world at it's best. Every thing is carved in wood and attached by metal and leather This place won best original attraction in the world this year Beautifull now and will be amazing in 5 years when it is finished Definitely worth the stop

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Visited Nantes in February, 2014 and the destination was conveniently profiled in AirFrance inflight Magazine - Science and fiction: Nantes in 10 reasons. The city is lovely and there are some neat places to visit. We were intrigued by the "Great Elephant" on the isle of Nantes pictured at the beginning of the article. It looked imposing in the picture... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Les Elephant and the most Fabulous carousel in the world both provide a great family day out. Do book before you travel to avoid disappointment as riding the elephant is very popular and not to be missed. It is not a cheap day out but when you understand the imagination, love, time, talent and skill invested you marvel and not... More

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Southport UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Glad to see where they hab made the spider which was so popular in Livrpool ( as was the giant little girl). Imaginative exhibits. Note that ( although it may have been a one off) all parking charges were suspended during the summer months, including the multui storey, so it is worth driving round to find a spot. Was too... More

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Fremantle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

We visit Nantes because of this fabulous place - I saw the elephant on trip advisor so we had to go! We visited in early winter so there weren't the massive crowds of summer and it was very cold on top of the elephant - make sure you were suitable clothing including gloves and scarves, but what a hoot. Not... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

we took a ride on the elephant. for small kids it must make a lot of fun, for "older" peolple it may be a bit Long (45min) and expensive (8€/pers). we didn't try the carousel and didn't saw People working on the new machines

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Ponta Grossa, PR
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

The big elephant that walks around is very cool. The kids love it! The machines part of the place I didn´t think it was very nice. It is a lot of different machines that are very crazy and not really usefull for anything. :-( The walk until the place is nice, close to river!! The place itself is nice!!

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Nantes, Pays de la Loire, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

There are many machines to look at and try out in the museum but far and away the most exciting aspect of this presentation is the Elephant who walks. He is so majestic and very grand indeed to see and one can pay to take a ride in his carriage which is on two levels if I remember correctly. After... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

A fusion of science, art, imagination and a display of the spirit of the city and its ability to reinvent itself. Must visit while in Nantes.

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