Paris is in no dearth of science museums as the various institutions dedicated to the field exemplifies. The City of Lights is not only the place where you can discover art, but also involve in an exploration across the huge vistas of science and technology. One such place is Palais de la Decouverte.
The Palais de la Decouverte or the Palace of Discovery is one of the notable science museums located in the center of the city. Visiting this remarkable institution is a great chance to find out more related to several disciplines of science and the astonishing growth that it has made over the years.
A Brief History
The Palais de la Decouverte has its origins in the year 1937 when the renowned scientist Jean Baptiste Perrin established this prestigious institution dedicated to fostering scientific inquiry and morale among the public. The museum was actually built for an international exhibition on Arts and Techniques of Modern life held at those times in Paris.
The French government then decided to make it a permanent museum by allocating a portion of the Grand Palais. The Palais de la Decouverte entered into collaboration known as Universcience with another prominent science museum in Paris, the Cite des Sciences et de l’industrie in 2010.
Inside the Palais de la Decouverte there are several permanent exhibitions that you can view while pacing through the lavish interiors of the museum. There are static and interactive displays that cover various disciplines of science such as astronomy, earth sciences, physics, biology, acoustics, chemistry, and mathematics. Some of the exhibits are really an enjoyable experience especially for children in the Electrostatic Room.
Most of the exhibits are based on two permanent spaces known as Salle Lumiere and Espace Hydrogene. They both contain exhibits devoted to chemistry, physics, biology, energy, etc. The Salle d’Acoustique has various exhibits that deals with acoustics that enriches you with a detailed knowledge related to sound and its various associated phenomena. Moreover, the Palais de la Decouverte also includes a spectacular Zeiss planetarium that takes the visitors on an immersive journey into the cosmos.
Entering the Museum
The Palais de la Decouverte is located at the Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt, Champs Elysees at the 8e arrondissement of Paris. You can enter the museum by paving the entry fee of €9 with extra €3 for visiting the planetarium. The museum will remain open from 09:30 am to 06:00 pm from Monday to Saturday.
On Sundays, the museum will open from 10:00 am to 07:00 pm. Visitors can easily reach the museum by public transport such as by using the Metro Line 13 and alighting at the Champs-Elysees Clemenceau Station or using Metro Line 1 or 9 and getting down at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Station.