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Les Machines de L'ile

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Address: Les Chantiers | Bd Léon Bureau, 44200, Nantes, France
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+33 810 12 12 25
10:00 am - 6:00 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

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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A steampunk paradise

Les Machines de L'ile are a bunch of animal shaped robots. Said like that it sounds boring and uninteresting but the reality exceeds the expectations. Housed in the hold hangars... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Les Machines de L'ile are a bunch of animal shaped robots. Said like that it sounds boring and uninteresting but the reality exceeds the expectations. Housed in the hold hangars of the ancient Nantes shipyard, this mechanical heaven is, according to its creators, a mix of the Jules Verne fictional universe, the mechanical creations of Leonardo Da Vinci and the... More 

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Nimes, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The large halls of the former shipyard. Some crazy people decided to transfom them in a place where to built huge automats of all sorts. The most popular is the "elephant" 10 meter high on which people can ride in the Streets. For me, it is most emotional, as this is where I started my profesional life in 1971 as... More 

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Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a very nice place, we did not enter as we arrived in the morning and it was closed. Open hour 14h, perfect for late visit. It is very interesting for the kids, and very entertained. Do not miss it if you are in Nantes.

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Arad, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In Jules Verne's home town, Nantes, this is a spot that truly reminds people about his novels. It's kind of a spectacular show that you can participate to, riding the giant mechanical elephant and watching the "Machines of the Island". Some people dedicated themselves to do a purely man made stuff on the place of some old construction sites (if... More 

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Les Lucs-sur-Boulogne, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you're in Nantes, don't miss this. If you're near Nantes, make the detour. If you're far away, sort yourself out to go and see this. It's great for children, adults, seniors, couples, on your own.

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016

There were many interesting machines to view in the gallery. We also took a ride on the elephant, which took about 30 or 40 minutes to walk from the gallery to the carousel; it would normally take about 5 minutes to walk to the carousel from the gallery. I think it would have been interesting to watch the elephant walk... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016 via mobile

Going to see the elephant is a must when visiting the beautiful city of Nantes. It is so unusual and bizarre and like nothing I ve seen before. It is beautifully made and fun to ride in especially when the trunk squirts water out at passers-by. The thoughtful organizers even provide bankets to wear on colder days. The journey is... More 

Thank Alison R
Menston, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016

we had a very good day out and the elephant was amazing ,the price was good for the experience ,and the restaurant at the entrance served very good food at a very good price ,

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016 via mobile

This is probably one of the most amazing places i've ever been to - the machines are incredible and the museum showcases them really well. Suitable for all ages, the kids loved the elephant walk!

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Markham, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016 via mobile

This was an absolutely stunning exhibit of incredible machines! The guides do a great job at explaining the philosophy and purpose of the project and how each of the machines work. I went pretty late so there weren't a lot of people.... This meant I got a chance to be picked to ride the machines! Unfortunately, because we went late,... More 

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