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10 places to discover the sciences in France

10 places to discover the sciences in France

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Science is fun? Of course, when there are interactive and fun exhibitions, funny experiences to share with family, amazing appointments. On the way to these places that know how to make us love them ...

In Bordeaux

  • 1. Cap Sciences, ideal from 3 years
  • Know your body better, discover the space or discover the T-Rex ... this center dedicated to science offers fun and interactive exhibitions for families as well as lots of exciting workshops for children around the kitchen. Because yes, we can count, measure, compare ... by making madeleines or soufflés!
  • Hangar 20, quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux. Open Tuesday to Friday, from 2 pm to 6 pm Nocturnal on Friday nights until 9 pm Saturday and Sunday, from 2 pm to 7 pm School holidays, from 2 pm to 6 pm Adults: 7th, child: 4th, free under 5 years old.
  • Information at 05 56 01 07 07 or on


  • 2. The Eureka Gallery, ideal from 4 years
  • Here you will know everything about the mountain - its geology, its fauna, its flora. But do not miss the temporary exhibitions, always exciting. until August 30 at the "corner of 3-6 years", Yum Yum, a walk in the market stalls that gives the appetite.
  • Place François-Mitterrand, 73000 Chambéry. Open from 2 pm to 6 pm Closed on Sundays and Mondays. Workshops and guided tours Wednesdays, Saturdays and school holidays. Free.
  • Information at 04 79 60 04 25 or on

In Haute-Savoie

  • 3. The Turbine-Science, ideal from 5 years
  • Water is the preferred theme of this center of scientific, technical and industrial culture. But with your ticket, you will also enjoy family interactive and fun exhibitions. Currently: Is the Man a great monkey?
  • Chorus Street, 74960 Cran-Gevrier, Tuesday to Sunday, 2 pm to 6 pm Adult: 5th, child 2.50, free under 6 years old. Family package: 12 th
  • Information at 04 50 08 17 00 or on

Near Lille

  • 4. The Departmental Science Forum of Villeneuve-d'Ascq, ideal from 3 years
  • Here we come with family. There are very few places in France, like this one, that invite parents to put themselves at the level of their toddler, sometimes as young as 3, to share a scientific experience (often related to the senses). To see, until 9 November, the exhibition Croque couleurs. A fun course that, from age 3, immerses you in a invigorating bath! Or the exhibition on sound that sounds all kinds of funny noises.
  • François-Mitterrand Center, 1, Place de l'Hotel-de-Ville, 59650 Villeneuve-d'Ascq. Tuesday to Friday, 9 am to 5:30 pm, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 2 pm to 6:30 pm. Between 2 and 5 depending on the activity.
  • Information and booking advised on 03 59 73 96 00 or on

In Montbeliard

  • 5. The Science Pavilion, ideal from 5 years
  • Your 3-9 years will spend hours on the Island of Discovery. Most of this museum dedicated to science? His exciting exhibitions (currently Reptiles and Amphibians, until September 13) but also its huge park nearby which also offers scientific experiments.
  • 3, rue Charles-Lalance, 25200 Montbeliard. Open every day from 9 to 12 pm and from 2 to 6 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 6 pm Adult: 4.50 e, child 3 rd, free under 6, family package: 10 e.
  • Information on 03 81 97 18 21 or on

In Paris

  • 6. The City of Science and Industry, ideal from 4 years
  • Between the City of Children (just for its modules around the body, water ... we go!) and permanent exhibitions (until September 28th La Voix) ... a day is not enough to discover this place at the forefront of technology and innovation. In addition there is the Géode a step away, and the park of Villette ...
  • 30, av. Corentin-Cariou, 75930 Paris Cedex 19. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm and Sundays from 10 am to 7 pm. Closed on Mondays and some holidays. From 6 to 9 th exhibition or entrance to the Cité des enfants, but you have a large choice of possible packages.
  • Information at 01 40 05 70 00 or on
  • 7. The Palace of Discovery, ideal from 5 years
  • The originality of the Palais de la découverte, one of the oldest museums dedicated to the sciences of France? Presentations ! A scientist is there, on site, to talk to you about chemistry, math, physics, earth sciences, depending on the subject. With its gigantic anthill, Thousand billion ants is the exhibition that will fascinate until August 24 your children, from 6 years.
  • Franklin-Delano-Roosevelt Avenue, 75008 Paris. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30 am to 6 pm, and Sunday and public holidays from 10 am to 7 pm Closed on Mondays and some holidays.
  • Information at 01 56 43 20 21 or on

In Strasbourg

  • 8. The Ship, ideal from 4 years
  • There is so much to explore at the Ship, that we can go to Strasbourg just for him! Your child will move from one universe to another. At "the building site", he will build a house with large bricks of moss using the pulley ... It will remain in the universe "Animals" to contemplate for hours the giant anthill. Further, it will go to tangle, or rather understand the properties of water: manage its flow with mills, pump, control the flow ... because the goal is to experiment! The Ship always offers exciting exhibitions as currently Mathémanip 'that gives everyone the desire to do math!
  • Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm Be careful, the crates close at 5 pm Adult: 8 th, child: 7 th, free under 3 years old. 3rd after 4:30 pm
  • Information at 03 88 44 65 65 or on

In Toulouse

  • 9. City of Space, ideal from 6 years
  • Exhibitions, movies, shows, workshops (your little astronaut can build his comet or walk on the moon!), life-size rockets, IMAX 3D movies ... Here you will be passionate about stars, galaxies, planets, the solar system and still life in space ... This is in any case the ambition of this reference site on space in Europe. Its novelty 2014? the observatory! What cause vocations within your family ...
  • Cité de l'Espace, Avenue Jean-Gonord, 31506 Toulouse Cedex 5. Daily from 10 am to 5 pm, 6 pm, 7 pm or 11 pm depending on the season. Adult: 24 th, child from 5 to 15 years old: 21.50 th, free under 5 years old. To know for 5 e more, you have a pass for 2 days of visit! In addition, many family packages are offered at reduced prices.
  • Information at 05 67 22 23 24 or on Cité

And also ... in Amboise

  • 10. The castle of Clos-Lucé, ideal from 5 years
  • A castle in "scientific places"? Perfectly, because it was the last home of Leonardo da Vinci, an inventor of genius! On the program of the visit, his drawings, his models and 3D projections of his incredible machines (the helicopter lock ...)! Stroll around the gardens and experience life-sized visionary machines!
  • 2, rue du Clos-Lucé, 37400 Amboise. Every day from 9 am to 7 pm until June, until 8 pm in July and August. Adult: 14th, child: 9th, free under 7, family package: 38th.
  • Information at 02 47 57 62 88 or on

Agnes Barboux