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Les Machines de L'ile

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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
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

To people who like engineering it is a perfect place to visit! The machines use shapes of nature and they move alike so it is very interesting place to watch the prototypes

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Esthela C
Reviewed January 13, 2019

I had the privilege of visiting Les Machines de Nantes last summer, one of the first places of interest which I saw outside of Paris. There was quite a wait to enter the main showroom since the previous group had not yet finished, so we...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Stasha S
Reviewed January 6, 2019 via mobile

Because of refurbishment, no left luggage at the station. Walked 35mins to the exhibition, waited 30 mins in the slowest queue ever, get to the entrance ‘no bags!!!??. No where to leave bags!!!??. It was a small bag!! Useless morons, the elephants could run it...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank HillwalkerSteve
Reviewed December 28, 2018 via mobile

The exhibition, the elephant, the caroussel...all very beautiful and nice to see. But my word I have never seen such an inefficiënt system anywhere. Tickets are sold from 2pm onwards and eventhough we arrived a half hour before. We still had to wait until 3pm...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Thom T
Reviewed November 24, 2018 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
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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
1  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
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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!