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Les Machines de L'ile

Address: Les Chantiers | Bd Léon Bureau, 44200 Nantes, France
Phone Number: +33 0810 12 12 25
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Ranked #2 of 68 things to do in Nantes
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art galleries, Visitor centers, Museums, Traveler Resources, Shopping & Fashion
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...
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Type: Art galleries, Visitor centers, Museums, Traveler Resources, Shopping & Fashion
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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.

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Limoges, France
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71 reviews 71 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

If we had checked the opening times in advance (it was February and they don't operate all day in the winter) and had had the opportunity to actually go on it it would have got a five! It looks just amazing, very Jules Verne, and so huge! Will have to go back and have a ride.

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Nantes, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The attraction is fabulous, but pricy should you wish to take any of the rides, free to watch. It's still worth one visit, if not two - cause price. BE CAREFUL ELEPHANTS HAVE TO TAK A WEE, SOMETIMES!!!

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Bedale, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We had a trip around the Old Dock Yard on a life size mechanical elephant, it was absolutely fantastic and we highly recommend a visit here. It is a wonderful and educational place to visit.

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Le Mans, France
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We went to this attraction during the Christmas break with my adult daughter and had a great time. The Jules Verne like machines, many of which moved, were amazing and the information and drawings regarding their construction was very interesting. My daughter loved the ride on the giant elephant which walked with its passengers around the plaza. There is a... More 

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

As one perspective, these exhibits are incredible. It is my opinion however, that a project as enormous as this should have more than one point of view. Each piece of machinery is brilliantly crafted and transports you into parts of your imagination that you didn't know were there, although gives the impression that each one was created by the same... More 

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Lyon, France
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I just loved it there. The different machines are unique and all funtion differently. The attraction is close to the city center and not very expensive. I would assume that it is a great place for children, but for adults as well, especially if you are a bit tech savvy.

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Chicago, Illinois
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Odd...that's all I can say, very odd. I'm sure that I'm missing something, but I don't know what. I just don't know what all the fuss is about this "exhibit" but I won't be going back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Wow, what a fabulous celebration of the nantais son Jules Verne. This attraction is simply stunning and will thrill the child in everyone, regardless of age. Created with the usual french flair for design, this is real MUST for anyone visiting Nantes.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I was not a passionate Jules Verne reader so i was only moderately impressed by the machines de l'ile. However it was funny and it deserves a 'detour'.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

For those grown up with Jules Verne's books it is a must see!! The giant elephant is one of the highlights of the attraction. We also had the chance to see the giant horse/dragon in action!

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