With its thriving art and cultural scenario, Paris is also renowned for popularizing other disciplines such as science. The Cite des Sciences et de l’Industrie is one such remarkable institution built for the sole objective of promoting and popularizing science among the masses. Located in Parc de la Villette, this science museum promises much more to the visitors in the form of interactive experiences. Its state of the art architecture and science exhibitions attracts countless visitors annually.
Many of the Paris walking tours have featured the Cite des Sciences et de l’Industrie as a must visit attraction. The museum is a must-visit place for visitors of all ages due to its world-class exhibits using light, sound, and other interactive experiences. Spread around three hectares, the Cite des Sciences et de l’Industrie is an architectural wonder too, that will surely delight the visitors along with a dose of updated information from the world of science and technology.
The buildings that host the Cite des Sciences et de l’Industrie was previously a part of the large slaughterhouses based in La Villette. Adrien Fainsilber, the French architect is credited with reconverting the slaughterhouse site into the current modern building that houses the museum. This remarkable museum and architectural wonder were opened to the public in 1986.
Constructed using the contemporary architectural style, the outer portions of the building is a mix of steel and glass. The building features lavish interiors that is bright and airy due to its combination of skylights and glass facades. The building is designed in such a way that provides easy navigation.
Another chief attraction of the Cite des Sciences et de l’Industrie is the Geode. It is a remarkable landmark surrounded by steel cladding. With a diameter of 35 meters, the Geode appears as it is floating in the moat surrounding the building. Inside the Geode is a hemispherical screening complex that projects movies or demonstrations in IMAX and 3D. Visitors can access the Geode from the level 2.
The main exhibitions of the museum are based in Explora, which is a part of the museum building. It features several exhibitions and demonstrations related to the everyday world such as efficient use of energy and transportation. Besides, Explora also displays other exhibits about space exploration, genetic science, mathematical applications, and an extensive sound library.
Cite des Enfants
The Cite des Enfants is one prominent area located on the ground floor. It is especially intended for kids and features a host of activities designed specifically for children belonging to different age groups. Discovery games are available for younger children whereas numerous theme-based activities are offered for older children on Paris walking tours.
Opening Hours and Entry
The Cite des Sciences et de l’Industrie is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 06:00 pm. The museum will remain open on Sundays from 10:00 am to 07:00 pm. Entry fee to the Explora exhibitions and the Geode are 12 Euros. Children under 2 years are offered free entry into the museum.