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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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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Les Chantiers | Bd Léon Bureau, 44200, Nantes, France
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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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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!