The City of Science and Industry in English is the biggest science museum in Europe, and one of the most visited of Paris.
It is located in the Parc de la Vilette in Paris. It is impossible not to admire science after spending a fun day in Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie !
The museum entrance is very affordable and although you might think it is a place only for kids, you would be surprise how adults enjoy the place at least as much as their children.
In this article, we will guide into this museum and let you know about useful information like tickets and attractions inside.
What can I do at Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie?
The City of Science and Industry was designed as an institution specialized in the promotion of science and technology for everyone, especially children and young people.
This is the place supporting the informations that young people learn from books with topics such as physics, geography, geometry, media and technology, space exploration, engineering and incredible inventions, and human anatomy in many creative ways.
Visiting this place is often in programs of French primary and high schools and registered as a school trip.
There are rooms with short documentations about the great story of our universe, human brain, DNA's as well as other temporary exhibitions.
The museum contains many thematic attractions. Among them, there is a planetarium, a submarine (Argonaute (S636)), an IMAX cinema and an activity spaces for children and teenagers.
La cité des enfants (for kids)
La cité des enfants is the section dedicated to the awakening of children with special activities.
The section for kids between 2 and 7 years old on 1700 m2 is divided into five thematic spaces : I discover myself, I know how, I identify myself, I experiment, all together.
The section for kids between 5 and 12 years old is composed of games, activities and exciting discoveries in 6 spaces : the body, communication, the TV Studio, the water games, the garden and the factory.
Entrance, Tickets and Tours
Online booking for the Cité des enfants is highly recommended during school holidays. The museum is closed on Monday.
How to get to Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie?
- Metro: "Porte de la Villette" is the closest station on the Metro Line 7
- Bus: You can take number 139, 150 and 152 to get "Porte de la Villette" station
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Cite des Sciences et de l’Industrie is standing within the Parc de la Villette, in the 19th Arrondissement of Paris.
History of the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie
"President Valerie Giscard d'Estaing" had a plan to establish a museum of science, technology and industry.
A competition was held to choose the best project suitable for the target. The winner was the architect "Adrien Fainsilber" in 1980, who proposed to use the trade pavilion of the old Parisian slaughterhouses in La Villette Park for the museum.
Thus, The City of Science of Paris opened its doors on March 13, 1986, on the occasion of the meeting between the astronomical probe Giotto and Halley's comet.
About 5 million people visits the Industrial City each year and today, it is in the top 5 most popular museums of Paris.