The City of Science and Industry in Paris is one of the first science museums in Europe. Its location, in the heart of the Parc de la Villette, allows a pleasant break in a green lung where it is pleasant to spend time, especially in summer.
A visit to this museum is ideal for families: between the exploration of the robot universe, genetics, astronomy and the space universe, your day will be enriched with scientific knowledge in a super fun way.
Created in 1986, it hosts daily playful and interactive exhibitions, shows and lectures that will delight visitors. Its numerous facilities, structure and spaces make the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie one of the largest science and technology centres in the world.
The City of Science and Industry is divided into several distinct zones: Explora, Cité des Enfants, Géode and the Planetarium.
This huge interactive museum is dedicated to scientific discoveries and technological innovations. The themes can be very varied, from robotics to genetics, passing through the delicate dynamics linked to man, society and the environment. In this sense, the exhibitions are aimed as much at children as they are at teenagers or adults.
The Explora area houses permanent exhibitions on scientific and everyday themes, such as Des transports et des hommes, which allows visitors to follow the evolution of public transport over time, as well as the latest innovations in this field. ”
Earth Objectives: The Satellite Revolution on the other hand will take you on a journey through the universe and the exploration of space and earth. A journey not to be missed that continues in the exhibition Space Debris: Traffic in Orbit.
The permanent exhibitions at the City of Science and Industry also offer new insight into the human brain: the exhibition C3rv34u will immerse you in the world of cognitive science in a simple and entertaining way.
It is impossible to see all the exhibitions in one day. We advise you to find out in advance which exhibitions interest you most and which themes are most suitable for your children.
Here is a list of the most important and popular exhibitions:
The Cité des Enfants is made up of 2 distinct spaces, spread over a total area of 5000 m2: the first is dedicated to the 2-7 year old s and the second for the 5-12 year olds. For more than 25 years, these spaces have been offering children games, discoveries, experiences, in a playful and interactive atmosphere.
The Cité des enfants 2-7 ans is dedicated to early childhood and is organised over 1700 square metres divided into five thematic areas: I discover, I can do, I identify, I experiment, all together. The first three themes focus on the development of the child and his bodily, cognitive and spatial faculties. The next two offer an opening to the world and to others. To help adults find their place in this space, the pictograms suggest playing with their child, encouraging them or simply observing them.
The Cité des enfants 5-12 ans is designed exclusively for older children. Exciting games, activities and discoveries await them in 6 areas: The Body, Communicating, The TV Studio, Water Games, The Garden and The Factory.
For example, they can run to measure their speed, test their balance, change their look, collaborate with a friend to complete a mission, write ‘home’ in Chinese, be a TV presenter, appear in film specials or sing along to music, produce energy to turn on a TV set. To complete these games they do not need the help of adults but will experience the pleasure of autonomy and discovery.
The Geode is in many ways an exceptional cinema: it is a gigantic steel sphere whose outer shell reflects the City, the sky and the Villette park.
It is a building of exceptional architecture, one of a kind, somewhere between monument and sculpture. This perfectly smooth shimmering sphere is composed of 6433 triangles of polished stainless steel. It measures 36 metres in diameter: the equivalent of a 12-storey building!
A true evocation of the Earth, this building of exceptional architecture houses a dizzying 400-seat amphitheatre inclined at 27°. The 1,000 m2 hemispherical screen, one of the largest in the world, 26 m in diameter, covers almost the entire hall.
The Planetarium of the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie in Paris is the second in the world to be equipped with an 8K high-definition laser projection system. The image is therefore 8 times more precise than that of the best televisions currently sold on the market.
The unlimited details of the astronomical simulator will give you a feeling of depth, immensity and make the experience impressive. You will be able to choose between several immersive films with space-related themes lasting about 30 to 40 minutes on average.
Tickets are divided between Billet Expositions, which allows access to all exhibitions, and the Children’s City ticket. There is also the possibility of a combined ticket for both areas of the museum.
We remind you that you can compose your visit according to your preferences, choosing the time slots of the activities to experience: check in advance which ones require compulsory booking.
The Cité des sciences et de l’industrie is open from 09.30 to 18.00 from Tuesday to Saturday and from 09.30 to 19.00 on Sundays. It is closed on Mondays, 1 January, 1 May and 25 December .
The best time to visit the City of Science and Industry is definitely a midweek day: on weekends, attendance is very high. Parisians mix with tourists and the attraction is taken by storm, becoming a time for family fun.
Please note that the different areas of the attraction have specific timetables that should be checked in advance.
The City of Science and Industry in Paris is located in the IXX arrondissement and is easily reached using public transport such as the metro, line 7, station Porte de la Villette or station Corentin Cariou.
Alternatively, you can take buses, lines 71, 139, 150, 152, station Porte de la Villette or tram T3b (Porte de Vincennes – Porte d’Asnières), station Porte de la Villette.
City Card allow you to save on public transport and / or on the entrances to the main tourist attractions.