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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 - 5:00 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
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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Ride the Elephant

This attraction in the old naval dockyards at Nantes is a must see for kids and adults alike. The amazing engineers have created many machines that move and you can even ride... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Horley, United Kingdom
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Horley, United Kingdom
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71 reviews 71 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This attraction in the old naval dockyards at Nantes is a must see for kids and adults alike. The amazing engineers have created many machines that move and you can even ride on. The great elephant of Nantes at 12 metres high is amazing and the 30 minute ride worth every penny but be warned it is often sold out... More 

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Versailles, France
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Great way of spending an afternoon with friends and, especially, with family (if you have children). The main attraction is represented by a huge mechanic elephant that moves around and a three-level Carrousel representing the Ocean World which is rated as the most original attraction in the world.

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Edinburgh
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We were just disappointed with what we saw. The mechanical elephant was great otherwise it just didn't tick any boxes. Nantes is so beautiful and there is so much more historical buildings and gardens to visit as an alternative.

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Franconia, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I've been to France several times and lived there last fall as part of a study abroad program. I've seen many of the Chateaus in the Loire Valley, I've done most of the museums and attractions in Paris, and I've been to the southern France. Les Machines de L'île was by far the most novel attraction for me in this... More 

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Rennes, France
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I've heard about it from colleagues, friends and websites. It got me intrigued and browsed its webpage to get a better idea of what I was about to spend my money into. I thought my understanding of modern arts and performances was a bit rusty as I could not figure out precisely what I was gonna experience or witness by... More 

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Nantes, France
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

That's a very well-knowned place in Nantes and one of the biggest attractions I guess. It's a very nice area to go around ! Unique, unusual and very arty ! A perfect place to have a walk during the day, lunch or drinks at the end of the day. But I recommand that if you are with family or not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

I didn't know about this place when I came to Nantes and I was absolutely transfixed when I saw it. I felt like in an old (very old) sci-fi movie and I loved the artistic side of the machines.

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Wakefield, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

If you have an interest in art, nature, machines and grandiose creations then this is the place! Absolutely enthralling to me and a mass of school children. Les Machines are that, machines but not as you would ever dream. From an enormous elephant who gives hour long rides around the grounds to the projects in process that you help to... More 

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Chalon-sur-Saone, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

If you are at all technical or just like to be amazed by people's imaginations then you'll enjoy the visit. We went in the rain and still had a great time. The rides, the carousel, the exhibits and demonstrations are all very cool. A must if you are in Nantes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Absolutely fascinating and well worth the wait in the queue. The staff were excellent and explained the various projects that actually work and move!

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