Cite de l'espace
Cite de l'espace
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Visitors to this unique science museum discover the mysteries of the Earth and Universe through interactive exhibits and displays.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Miranda en Barcelona
    Barcelona, Spain42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great choice for kids and spaceship lovers
    This activity was in my bucket list for a while and now that my little one is 5 I thought it was a good idea to go. We spent 6 hours there and could have been more but it was really hot. My recommendation would be to start outside early in the day and go inside when it gets hotter. There's a lot to see, many replicas and spaceships to see inside. One caveat is that although it's part of the European Space Agency, most of the material and live presentations are in French (except the written posters). Would not hurt to have some slots in English and even Spanish, as it's closer to Barcelona than Paris. Considering that you'll probably spend many hours here, if travelling with little ones it's fine to bring your own food. Another advice that I wish I had before going was that there is a half-price entrance on the days that it's open until 11pm. Note that it's impossible to be there the whole day (probably not that much to see). So if you want to be able to be there in the night in the Summer it's not so easy because sun sets at 10pm. But you can get half-price after 7pm. Unfortunately you have to buy it there (not available online) and I didn't know how crowded it would be. So, if you want to go during the day, buy a ticket for a day that has normal opening hours, because the day when it closes later is more expensive. Also, the site is translated into English and Spanish, but when you get to the shopping cart, it's just in French.Pay attention to the price list on the previous page.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Silvia A
    Sao Paulo, SP186 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fly me to the moon
    This place is amazing! It is large, with activities indoor and outdoor. There one can know about the Nasa´s projects to the Moon and to other planets, and learn about the European collaboration to these projects. Usually we read that Nasa did them all, and this is not true. There are a host of activities directed to children and adults, everything interesting. Outdoors, you can see the planets, a MIR shuttle, and a Planetarium with an Imax cine.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Philip C
    York, Maine574 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Homage to French Aviation
    As air & space museums go, this spot, while well done, would not be on the top of my list. It is a great documentation of French Aviators with the birth of Airbus in Toulose but lacking in size, scale, diversity, and impact. It's a bit of a challenge to reach as well. I'm glad we did not sacrifice other attractions (the Stemberg was closed) but would likely not include this on a tourist itinerary.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 11, 2023
  • thetrumblefamily
    Bourne, United Kingdom51 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great space centre
    Family of 5 (15, 11, 7) Very good, lots to see, great translation in English. Lots of information to take in. We unfortunately came on a very hot day and air conditioning wasn’t strong in some areas.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 19, 2023
  • CoachK71
    Western Australia, Australia362 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you like space, the space industry or aeronautics, this is for you!
    I am a space and aeronautical fan so tried to squeeze this visit in before my train early in the afternoon. Despite my best efforts, my 3 and a half hour window did not do it justice but I still enjoyed it immensely. There is a lot of information to take in at all exhibitions and good English as well as French translation and options. For the time I had I got to see enough to make the trip worthwhile but easy half to full day here depending on the detail you want to see. Great education centre for children too with a lot of interactive activities. Just one thing to check is whether shows are in French or English. I went to the Mars rover show and it was good but not understanding the commentary did dilute the experience a bit. It is a well organised area and easy to get around. I am very happy I visited.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 30, 2023
  • parotts
    Florence, Italy82 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    One of the most interesting and well designed scientific dedicated center . You can admire a 1:1 space rocket and other reproduction of space station I, a solar system model and a Martian land, u In the outdoor exhibition. Inside you will find a space history , a lot of interactive panel to learn everything about space and Earth.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 28, 2024
  • Roadtripmummy
    55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I'm up in space now
    There are several indoor floors with exhibitions which was ideal as it was raining when we first arrived. There are interactive exhibits and games to keep everyone entertained. Once it stopped raining, we enjoyed the garden with the outdoor exhibits. Our favourite was the simulator where we got to experience mach 1. We also enjoyed the planetarium. We didn't have time for the Mars robots or cinema experience but if we'd planned better could have probably fit it in. Had lunch in the restaurant which was lovely although we were really looking for light bites but the cafe was closed.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 30, 2024
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Miranda en Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
This activity was in my bucket list for a while and now that my little one is 5 I thought it was a good idea to go. We spent 6 hours there and could have been more but it was really hot. My recommendation would be to start outside early in the day and go inside when it gets hotter. There's a lot to see, many replicas and spaceships to see inside. One caveat is that although it's part of the European Space Agency, most of the material and live presentations are in French (except the written posters). Would not hurt to have some slots in English and even Spanish, as it's closer to Barcelona than Paris.
Considering that you'll probably spend many hours here, if travelling with little ones it's fine to bring your own food. Another advice that I wish I had before going was that there is a half-price entrance on the days that it's open until 11pm. Note that it's impossible to be there the whole day (probably not that much to see). So if you want to be able to be there in the night in the Summer it's not so easy because sun sets at 10pm. But you can get half-price after 7pm. Unfortunately you have to buy it there (not available online) and I didn't know how crowded it would be. So, if you want to go during the day, buy a ticket for a day that has normal opening hours, because the day when it closes later is more expensive.
Also, the site is translated into English and Spanish, but when you get to the shopping cart, it's just in French.Pay attention to the price list on the previous page.
Written July 30, 2023
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StrongCoffee2Go
Berlin, Germany130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Great place to learn about the history of space flight. The information is kept up to date. Many activities to choose from. Entire floors with interactive activities are also available.
I recommend getting some face masks for the indoor spaces (especially the Planetarium as you’ll be stuck with a lot of people in a small space).
Catering - well no one with starve but it’s a science museum not a gourmet restaurant so be realistic.
Shopping - there is a nice store with space themed objects/ books but I find it disappointing that there were no books in englisch especially when we think about the international nature of these topic ..
In a nutshell, i highly recommend this place regardless of your age of knowledge of these topics.
Written July 23, 2022
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Curtis S
Kingsport, TN2,621 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Learning that there wasn’t much to do outside of Toulouse, we focused within the city. A quick search turned up this museum which is right up my alley. Only a few miles from our Airbnb, we opted to drive. Parking is free, but the entrance fee was a little stiff. This place is aimed at children, but ticks all the boxes for the little kid in all of us. Most of the exhibits are hands-on, but some of the installations are impressive. Full scale replicas of important space equipment such as the Mir space station, Arianne V payload rockets, etc. Add in a 3D Imax movie on asteroids and you’ve got a good park. Recommended
Written October 15, 2021
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Kdtwist
Cirencester, UK18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
We enjoyed a day here with two little ones (5 & 3). There is lots to see, do and learn. We spent 5 hours here and still didn’t see the entire exhibition! Lots of interactive bits to engage the children.

Only challenge we had were the food options. We had taken and enjoyed our own picnic but the children were still starving (of course). There were only 2 restaurants open, both with huge queues. Once we were sat down the food did arrive quickly. They have a set menu for children (€10) and main meal options for adults (€16 approx).

We took the metro followed by bus which took us directly outside. Under 4s are free.

Enjoy!
Written February 25, 2023
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Martin P
Sofia, Bulgaria119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
If you are interested in space and want to learn basic interesting facts about space missions, satellites and explorers - this is the place to go.
Cite de l'espace is a large complex full of different activities.
The only disadvantage is that a lot of the activities are available only in French!
However, the planetarium and the movie about the Voyager missions are available in English and other languages and definitely worth watching! I think they were the best part of Cite de l'espace!
I also liked the Mir station exhibition, the section about satellites and the section related to launchers.
Make sure to dedicate enough time for all the activities and exhibitions, we spent more than 5 hours here! And check the opening hours in their website before planning your visit, because sometimes (but not always) they don't work on Monday.
Written March 14, 2020
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Luc S
Zwevegem, Belgium54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Friends
Nice destination for a day visit. I went with my family (20-agers). We were unlucky with the weather (can of course happen early November) and hence, we could not fully enjoy the scenery. It offers a nice variety of activities, in-and outdoors, obviously aeronautics related. My only disappointment was the catering. Selling a little bag of salted chips with a fishburger and calling it fish and chips is a bit misleading. Else, absolutely worth a visit!
Written January 25, 2020
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parotts
Florence, Italy82 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
One of the most interesting and well designed scientific dedicated center .
You can admire a 1:1 space rocket and other reproduction of space station I, a solar system model and a Martian land, u
In the outdoor exhibition.
Inside you will find a space history , a lot of interactive panel to learn everything about space and Earth.
Written April 28, 2024
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Philip C
York, ME574 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
As air & space museums go, this spot, while well done, would not be on the top of my list. It is a great documentation of French Aviators with the birth of Airbus in Toulose but lacking in size, scale, diversity, and impact. It's a bit of a challenge to reach as well. I'm glad we did not sacrifice other attractions (the Stemberg was closed) but would likely not include this on a tourist itinerary.
Written August 11, 2023
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thetrumblefamily
Bourne, UK51 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Family of 5 (15, 11, 7)

Very good, lots to see, great translation in English.

Lots of information to take in.

We unfortunately came on a very hot day and air conditioning wasn’t strong in some areas.
Written August 19, 2023
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andantes
Llinars del Valles, Spain360 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
We decided to go to the Cite de l'espace before returning to Barcelona in our 3 day stay at Tolouse, and because was so cold outside that we though it could be the best.
Price is very very high for what you visit. 80€ for a family of 4 is quite expensive.
There is a IMAX, a planetarium, a stellarium, and some exhibitions. There is also some replicas of spaceships, but not much.
If you go with kids, its ok, but for adults and teenagers, is not much.
It has free parking, one shop, some restaurants, and a picnic area.
Written December 12, 2022
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