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Les Machines de L'ile

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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...more
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Les Chantiers | Bd Léon Bureau, 44200, Nantes, France
+33 810 12 12 25
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow what an exceptional place. The work and attention to detail is unbelievable. The staff were knowledgeable, funny and polite. The experience is one of a kind. You simply can't visite Nantes without riding on the elephant ! Oh and the shop is well worth...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank EmmaCrews
Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

An attraction that you don’t see everywhere, worth the visit! Parking and access is easy, the access to see the elephant, the carousel and the tree climbing (arbre des hérons) is free, we only paid for the gallery visit.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank DimiEG
Reviewed October 31, 2018

Unic in the world.... who ever goes to Nantes has to go visite les machines de Nantes. Absolutely awesome, gorgeous, very smart.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Olivier H
Reviewed October 18, 2018 via mobile

The Gallery’s workers were behaving extreamly unprofessionally and unfair, they let you try on the machines, but they choose who will go on randomly, so they were doing the heron flight and asked for volunteers, my children asked if they can go, but were told...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank k0zyulya
Reviewed October 9, 2018 via mobile

I visited the museum where the were demonstrations of the rideable animals (in French). The mechanics of how each beast moves is truly fascinating and beautiful. The video opposite the museum, and overlooking the workshop was very good too. Very impressive indeed.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 327evelyns
Reviewed October 3, 2018

This visit made my trip. I had a great time and even rode some of the machines. It,s not just for kids, people of all ages will be hypnotise by the various machines. You will need 2-3 hours to enjoy this great attraction. I was...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank tony b
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

Didn’t really know what to expect as taken along by local friends..... totally enthralled by the sheer craziness of the whole enterprise...... Jules Verne meets Victorian steam punk.. Brilliant!! Only in France would something like this happen, praise be!

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Martin T
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I loved this place . Seeing the machines in action and seeing the vision for the Tree was wonderful . I cannot wait to come back when it’s done ! They would benefit from providing some material in English , especially when...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank kerrancep
Reviewed October 1, 2018 via mobile

Wanted to do this with my girls for a few years, elephant is amazing and goes very slowly for about 40 mins. We all got splashed!! Had to wait about 5 hrs to get a go but had a look around the area, played at...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank 800stephenv
Reviewed September 29, 2018 via mobile

I'm sorry but we didn't really get the concept of this attraction. The park was fine but the mechanical Animals rather left us cold. Maybe it would have been better if the centre piece, the mechanical elephant, had been there but there was no sign...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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September 23, 2018|
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Response from W8827XEandrewm | Reviewed this property |
Yes I think so. It’s a public space
September 7, 2018|
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Response from Smithsabroad123 | Reviewed this property |
yes you can park at the attraction .
August 27, 2018|
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Response from Mrcbayes | Reviewed this property |
Pretty sure no!