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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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Amazing if you understand French!

We waited in line for quite a while to get into the gallery but all be told, it was a bit of waste of time and money. Everything was in french which our kids did not understand... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We waited in line for quite a while to get into the gallery but all be told, it was a bit of waste of time and money. Everything was in french which our kids did not understand. For us it was interesting but knowing what I learned, would advise you to just watch the elephant walk around without paying a... More 

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Everett, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This is an absolutely incredible attraction. Art, engineering, innovation, and more. The walking elephant, the merry go round and so much more to see. Go early so that you can ride the elephant. This is truly a marvel when you see the engineering genius that some young and old minds have conjured up! Not to be missed!!

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We paid over 30 euros to go on the carousel. Which incurred about 1 hour wait for a ride in increasingly wet weather. Annoying that the staff didn't even try to fill the seat and took forever between rides. Lots of screaming kids, angry mums etc. French mums have a particular line in anger, it seems. But on the plus... More 

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Arrive early if you can. What to expect? Lots of interesting exhibits that seem to take Jules Verne to where he might be today. Plan at least two hours, for the demonstrations from a very friendly -- not too bilingual staff -- as well as the now world famous elephant ride. Walk alone the river very much worth it. Stop... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We headed for the Les Machines de L’ile. I had read about this place and it really is fascinating. Set in the old shipyards area on the Loire it is something to see. The elephant is the star of the show, not to be missed. A great lumbering beast that walks, sprays water from his trunk and bellows only like... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

A great tribute to Jules Vernes. The walking elephant is indeed a marvel of engineering. I wish there were more of those walking animals.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

My husband and our 3 year old son went there and had a great time. The elephant is amazing! And the two carousels were fun as well. There is a large playground and places to eat, which made it a perfect 2 - hour stop on our way to Brittany. My son was a little scared of the elephant and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

We were very intrigued to see the mechanical elephant at les machines. The elephant did not disappoint. We bought a combined ticket to see the gallery and ride the elephant for 16.5€ a piece. We weren't sure what to expect inside the gallery, but it felt like walking into a mad scientists lab. We didn't get any translation from the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Following the successful Giants in Liverpool in 2014 we wanted to ride on the elephant. We pre booked our tickets via the tourist information website which only cost €8.50 each for a half hour ride. It was fantastic for adults and children, we were 4 friends on a girly weekend and enjoyed it just as much as the families and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Enjoyed our visit to see the mechanical elephant walking. It is amazing! The sound effects and the reaction of people as the elephant sprayed water was very funny!

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Additional Information about Les Machines de L'ile

Address: Les Chantiers | Bd Léon Bureau, 44200 Nantes, France
Phone Number: +33 0810 12 12 25
Location: Europe  >  France  >  Pays de la Loire  >  Loire-Atlantique  >  Nantes
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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