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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 - 5:00 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 Magical Trip to a Steampunk Wonderland

This place is a Magical Steampunk Wonderland, where we get to see the genius French creative mind at work in the creation of these quirky machines . Jules Verne would even be... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This place is a Magical Steampunk Wonderland, where we get to see the genius French creative mind at work in the creation of these quirky machines . Jules Verne would even be blown away. Never have seen the likes of this in the USA. A Must see!

Thank Quiddity2
Province of Granada, Spain
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Rasy to get to on public transport from train station.long queues for visit inside, and for elephant Exhibition brilliant. Long walk in the sun to Carousel.Cafě in main building not very good. Not enough loos around site, so go when you pass one! Was a fairly good visit but would not go again.

Thank anneh0dgs0n
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to this place when we were on holiday the boys loved it. Crazy merry go round and fantastic metal robotics. Parking a motorhome can be tricky and be trying to figure out the charges was a task, but 2 french guys tried to explain to me that I only had to pay up to 12 midday which saved... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017

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 

Thank Mateo T
Nimes, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017

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 

Thank TanitNimes_France
Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016

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.

Thank Rodica S
Arad, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016

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 

Thank dumavirgil
Les Lucs-sur-Boulogne, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2016

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.

Thank zenit3m
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 

Thank marianchew0326
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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 

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