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“Hands on science.....”

Palais de la Decouverte
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$95.00*
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Paris Museum Pass and Seine River Cruise Including Delivery to Your Hotel
Ranked #149 of 1,180 things to do in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 27, 2013

...a wonderful hands on science museum. Yes, it does help to brush up on your French and makes it more enjoyable but remember you ARE IN FRANCE. There are experts all over the museum giving lectures with experiments that are fun even if you don't understand all they are saying.

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Reviewed February 3, 2013

This museum of hands on science defies the trend by not obviously dumbing down content. There are a number of hands on exhibits, but mainly there are pretty much continuous lectures. We attended two, the planetarium and an electrical show. We also saw in passing chemistry and atomic science. The audience was mature - both kids and adults, the explanations long and detailed - or so it seemed to us (we have hardly any french, but I know an equation when I see one.) Unlike similar shows the world over there wasn't the concentration on spectacle and some of the science was hard science. The planetarium had a show on how the sun's eqinoxes worked - they have a Real Ziess Star projector here, no video or whizzy films just beautifully realised stars and planets.

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Reviewed October 16, 2012

It feels rather strapped for cash, this is a bit like taking a Tardis back to a 1970 Science museum. The exhibits are very dated and only narrated/ annotated in French but they are all the better for it! It feels like a cross between a history lesson, a french lesson and a science lesson!!!

The best section was some quite exquisite pictures of distant galaxies on one of the first floor landings.

A nice way to while away an afternoon but don't expect too much!

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Reviewed September 26, 2012

Thoroughly enjoyed this museum, there's loads of hands on stuff you can do. My 6 year old son just couldn't get enough of it. The talks don't really work for English families, although we were lucky enough to go to one at the end of the day and as we outnumbered the French visitors the guide did the whole thing in English. It was fantastic - in the forces section of the museum - an entirely revolving circular settee, where you get to throw balls, try to stand up and lean right forward, walk in a straight line. Health and Safety would never allow this in an English museum. Great fun!

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Reviewed August 13, 2012

There are no lifts or escalators here and there are alot of steps!

I would only recommend this if your reading of French is fluent and you have older children 8+

The frogs display was good but that's about it.

3  Thank Acarline
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