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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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Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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If you are interested in all things mechanical then this is definitely a worthwhile place to visit. Very suitable and exciting for children but you will need to reassure them... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
JaygirlF
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Northern Ireland
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Northern Ireland
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are interested in all things mechanical then this is definitely a worthwhile place to visit. Very suitable and exciting for children but you will need to reassure them beforehand to ensure they are ready for the extremely large elephant and the loud sounds it makes. You can climb up the stairs and go for a ride on the... More 

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Nantes, France
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Whether you are a "mainstream" or an off the trail tourist, this is a must see place in Nantes. The elephant is absolutely amazing, and the machines gallery offers an unforgettable experience, worth the wait. If you are a student, bring your students card, the entrance fee will be cheaper. And if you don't speak French, just ask some of... More 

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Thank Bo S
Nantes
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Always good and inventive. Kids love it, they have other projects in Monde that we are looking forward to. A very good use of talent and craftsmanship of local workers.

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Thank annebrechet1
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is incredible my 6 year old son loved it. The commentary is all in French but still worth watching the machines in action. We rode on the Elephant and the carousel, but do arrive early if you plan on doing this as queues and waiting times can be quite long. A truly magical experience.

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Thank Rebecca W
Dundee, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great fun for children and adults alike. I have been several times. I still love the elephant best It passes quite a bit of time. It is wonder-filled!

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Thank annedw_13
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

I am from Detroit and my husband grew up around Nantes. This is purely nothing like I have seen before. The things that this amazing group of people can build is out of this world. They take machines and make them live amongst the people of Nantes. I visit the elephant once a year to take in the enjoyment. Coming... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

A group of different wooden animals larger than life, in a large rustic hanger on an island in the centre of Nantes. Worth a visit especially the giant elephant which walks around and you can tour on. Unfortunately it wasn't on the day we went which means a must do and a return for me.

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Thank Alex P
State College, Pennsylvania
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80 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

These machines-animals are really fascinating, with a taste of beginning of the century. Guides are really good to show and explain the how and why of these creations. The visit takes 1h

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Thank Marco148
Zagreb, Croatia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

I visited this location at the end of a work day. Unfortunately, they close at 17:00 and that left us enough time for only 1 event. You're even not able to purchase tickets to the Gallery if you don't allow at least 1 hour for the tour. So as a team we opted for an Elephant ride. It's quite interesting... More 

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Nantes, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This is for sure a unique place in the world ! If you ever travel in the area of Nantes, you MUST see it. Les Machines de l'Ile is a place for grown up children (aka "adults") who are still dreaming. There you can ride a gigantic elephant (or even see a horse dragon !), a huge heron or a... More 

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