La Cite des Enfants
La Cite des Enfants
3.5
Science Museums • Children's Museums
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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reneravn
Copenhagen, Denmark4 contributions
May 2022 • Family
The museum is limited to 1 1/2 hour and you need to either choose the 2-7 or the 5-12 when you buy the ticket. It’s not possible to go between them.
Note that the tickets here does NOT give access to the rest of the museum. This is a separate ticket that is just as expensive.

It’s very expensive for the time slot and it’s quite worn down and not maintained. Some of the activists does not work and many are old and not very informative.
Written May 8, 2022
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Nonnapn
Manila, Philippines501 contributions
Jul 2019
This is one of the recommended places in Paris to bring children and while there are many interesting things and exhibits to see, the over all handling of guests can be much improved.
Perhaps because we visited during peak season for school children, the museum was full of kids on field trips -- and it was noisy and not well managed, by both museum staff and chaperones of the school kids.
Some of the exhibits were not working and there was no one to manage the lines of kids at the more popular displays.
The science museum for adults is more geared to teen agers and high school students.
Written August 21, 2019
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PWP
Dubai, United Arab Emirates49 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
So many things to discover! And explain for kids but one more time... they lack people or don’t want to hire and the experience is not ideal because of that. The machine that does boxes was over crowded all the time which made it not work and be stuck... and no one was here to help. They plan entrances at specific times so that there are not too many people at the same time but it actually works in a way that they have too many at the same time. I suspect it’s just that it makes them limit their work to specific times :-) instead of scanning our tickets beforehand they keep us waiting for half an hour and make us enter all together and it creates a mess and added waiting time.
Once in there.. it’s almost impossible to play with anything because 400 kids + adults were given access at the same time + the summer camps... too bad as it is really nice
Written July 18, 2019
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Gloriously Bright
29 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
We visited both sections, the one for younger kids was mostly OK, but the one for bigger kids was so overcrowded that the entire experience was a bit ruined since kids were kind of fighting over many activities + quite a lot of things were not working - e.g. the box printing machine, which kids were very interested in, or the movie making camera.
I think it would have been a way more agreable experience with less kids in.
Written July 2, 2019
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Tanya B
Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France271 contributions
May 2019 • Family
Modern museum of science where you can find some interesting for the children from 2 to 99. You can spend there all the day long with any doubt. It’s better to by annual pass because you will definitely comeback.
Written May 31, 2019
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Jonathan S
3 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
We visited on a Sunday afternoon in the Easter holidays with prebooked tickets (booked the day before, showing the ticket on a mobile phone is fine). Heeding the warnings in other reviews we got there half an hour before our allotted time, but actually there was no queue at security or to enter the waiting area when we went. It was busy, but there are a lot of different things kids can do. Our daughter is 5 and we went to the section for older children, which was definitely the right choice - she especially loved the 'water games' area. We spent the full 90 minutes allowed in there, which was about the right amount of time. A few things were only aimed at French speakers, but the majority had instructions/explanations in English as well. A couple of the exhibits were broken, but the majority were in good condition. Comparable with the Wonderlab at the science museum in London.

We had limited time so didn't visit the main part of the science museum or the Argonaut submarine. There are some good playgrounds in the surrounding park.
Written April 15, 2019
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themissing y
Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa2 contributions
Jan 2019 • Family
We went on a rather busy day. It would have been nicer had it been quieter. Interesting exhibits. We enjoyed the kids section but felt robbed as the session ended well before the supposed 90mins. That area was rather pricey. The rest of the museum requires a full day to go through properly.
Written January 12, 2019
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tgoborg
28 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
I was soooo dissappointed when I visited this place. Before my trip to Paris, I googled to find what to do with my two sons in Paris.

This is an example of what I found: "The Cité des Science is the largest science museum in Europe. It is truly spectacular, packed with facilities to engage and enthuse everyone who attends, young and old."

Who on earth can write this? It was a large building with lots of space, but there was nothing truly spectaculare about it. My boys were bored, I was bored, the staff was bored and seemed to be annoyed with us non-French speaking visitors that wanted to see the planetarium, which by the way is only in French. We could have been informed in advance. Also it was very expensive. I wish I had done something else instead.
Written October 4, 2018
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LMExplorer
Redmond, WA61 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
You get access for a set 90 minute window with your ticket. They have two different experience areas that are age based where you choose which area when you buy your ticket. We chose the older one for our family with two kids ages 6 and 7. It was age appropriate for them and everything was in both French and English. It was crowded with kids and most were locals, not tourists like us. Be sure to get there a little before your assigned time to queue up because a line forms with everyone waiting for the same entry time. It took us 10 minutes to actually get through the line after they started letting people in. Your ticket gets you entry to the submarine outside too but because they only let a few people in the sub at a time, it can take a while to wait even with a short line. If you go, be sure to go to the free playgrounds at the nearby Parc de Villette including the long dragon slide and the age based play areas on the other side of the canal from the exhibit.
Written August 26, 2018
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Don N
Clinton Township, MI47 contributions
Sep 2017
Perfect place to take children instead of art museums which would probably bore them. Lots of interactive exhibits. reminds me of the Smithsonian in DC or The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Try to be there when the movie theater is showing films. I speak French so I got to question the guards and other employees. Don't be the Ugly American who raises his voice when a non-English speaking person does not understand. The French love it when you try to speak French as bad as it might be.
Written August 19, 2018
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La Cite des Enfants is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Tue - Sat 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM