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Les Machines de L'ile

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Address: Les Chantiers | Bd Léon Bureau, 44200, Nantes, France
Phone Number: +33 0810 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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Fantastic for everyone!

This is fascinating. A great place to educate kids and interesting for adults alike. What a coup for Nantes. Wish more cities would provide something like this.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is fascinating. A great place to educate kids and interesting for adults alike. What a coup for Nantes. Wish more cities would provide something like this.

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Darmstadt, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Giant robot animals (spider, elephant, insects), that one can ride onto! The steampunk atmospheres of Jules Verne (the writer of 20'000 leagues under the sea), Wild Wild West (the movie) and the Victorian machines. The Elephant is the best, walking around the former shipyards with you inside! The carousel of the sea worlds is just as intriguing. For the pleasure... More 

Thank Carlo C
Reykjavik, Iceland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We are a family of 5 (two adults, a 13 year old, 10 and 3) and we didn´t realy know what we are going for when visiting Les Machines de L´ile. I´m not still sure what this place is, theater? museum? workshop? but we all liked it. This project is a beginning of something new and if you are in... More 

Thank Sverrir Jan N
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Strange place with JCBs done up as insects etc. The elephant was entertaining, but the rest was a bit mwah.

1 Thank Sandra B
Rochdale, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing machines which promenade out of the workshops on a Sunday so you can see them for free. During the week you can pay to see them all in their home workshop and see what those magicians of engineering are conjuring up next. The kids and dads will love it, even mummsie was impressed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I saw a model of a giant spider on a French morning show and when I heard it was in Nantes started reading up on it as it was not to far away. The spider walked on the grounds to creepy music, spitting out water and looking scary. There were people on board working it, one person for each leg... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Fun and unique experience! Both for adults and children, but be aware that the tour is only in French

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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A 12m high elephant, that you can go for a ride on . . . A 25m high carousel that operates on three levels. . .The Machine gallery and workshop, where you can learn the story behind these marvels. This is definitely worth a visit to see imaginations come to life.

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Taipei, Taiwan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Les Machines de l'ile (南特島的機器, Machines of the Isle of Nantes) is located in Nantes of western France, 385 km (239 mi) southwest of Paris by car. The Nantes Island was a shipyard that closed in 1987. It was abandoned like a junk yard in the center of Nantes. Luckily two artists, Francois Delaroziere and Pierre Orefice, decided to use... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This must be the coolest site in France! Amazingly done, fantastic eye for detail. Unfortunately the Big Elephant was broken today, but still an amazing place. Price is right for what you get too. Service was really friendly. All good.

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