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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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The museum is somewhat confusing as the 'machines' part and then the elephant ride are priced differently (there is a separate but related carousel). The machines was all in French and somewhat interesting but not worth the admission. The elephant ride was fun and my...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank donaldao
Reviewed 2 days ago

Well worth a visit to see the spectacular machines already made, those in planning stages and more in production. You can even ride on some of them!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank ilovemax
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Les Machines on a sunny Sunday afternoon. We waited for over an hour in a very long, slow moving line. Once we were closer to the ticket area we could see the sign showing how many tickets were available to ride the elephant....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Suebub
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is everything we had hoped it would be although we got there at 10 and at no time were told it doesn’t open until 2 out of season. So be warned, don’t get there until at least 1.30 and queue for the Elephant...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Jem68
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is quite a lively place especially during the weekend and even more so when it’s sunny. The giants are the main attractions but the large area has some interesting parts as well. Floating restaurant, Jules Verne’s looking merry-go-round, live music, etc Nice atmosphere.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Dutch-Mikey
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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March 17, 2019|
Response from Stasha S | Reviewed this property |
Well, I was situated on the ground floor the entire time during my visit. The demos and exhibit, in a separate section, were also on the ground floor. The visit does entail a lot of standing so I would recommend wheelchairs... More
March 6, 2019|
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Response from w0rkingt0travel | Reviewed this property |
Yes-very! There is a big public car park, very well signposted, across the road. It’s multi-storey and very secure - we left our car with all our luggage in and two bikes on the back and they were all there when we came... More
September 23, 2018|
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Response from W8827XEandrewm | Reviewed this property |
Yes I think so. It’s a public space