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La Cité des Sciences et de L'lndustrie Tours
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One of Europe’s largest science museums, the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, located in the Parc de la Villette, comprises an enormous range of family-friendly exhibitions, workshops, and other attractions. Designed by architect Adrien Fainsilber and opened in 1986, the museum attracts millions of visitors each year.
Housed in a striking building with a shimmering glass facade and large geodesic dome known as La Géode, the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie (City of Science and Industry) encompasses a wide array of innovative exhibition spaces. The museum campus houses an ultrahigh-definition planetarium, an aquarium, several theaters, a submarine (the Argonaute), children’s play areas (La Cité des Enfants), a library, and numerous other galleries. The museum also hosts temporary exhibitions, interactive workshops, and daily demonstrations, guided tours, and performances.
The Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie is included in the Paris Pass, which offers hop-on hop-off transportation and admission to more than 60 attractions. This sight can also be glimpsed from the water during a tour of the Seine River and canals.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The striking La Géode cinema will be closed for renovations from November 2018 until 2020.
- The Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie offers multiple on-site eateries, ranging from fast food to fine dining.
- Audio-guide tours are free of charge; use your smartphone to scan QR codes throughout the museum.
- The museum is accessible to visitors with limited mobility. Disabled visitors receive free admission, and the museum lends out wheelchairs.
How to Get There
There are numerous ways to reach the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie. Take Metro Line 7 to the Porte de la Villette station, take tram T3b to the Porte de la Villette stop, or take RER E to Pantin station. Alternatively, the museum is served by bus lines 139, 150, and 152. You can also reach the museum by Vélib’ bike, by car, on foot, or even by canal boat.
When to Get There
The Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie is open from 10am to 6pm, Tuesday to Saturday, and from 10am to 7pm on Sunday (though hours for select screenings and events may differ). It is closed Monday, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and May 1. The calendar of events and exhibitions is always changing, so it’s worth making repeat visits.
Parc de la Villette
Paris’ largest landscaped park, the Parc de la Villette, located on the northeastern edge of the city, offers numerous other attractions in addition to the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie. It also houses the Cité de la Musique, the Philharmonie de Paris, Le Zénith (an enormous outdoor concert venue), and more.
Address: 30 Avenue Corentin Cariou, Paris 75019, France
3 Tours and Activities to Experience La Cité des Sciences et de L'lndustrie
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The Paris City Pass grants you entry to the best Parisian highlights as well as access to the most important activities. Make the most of your time in Paris and let the Pass take care of the practicalities for you. Pick your favorite sights from the huge selection and visit as many as you like. The Paris City Pass is valid for either 2, 3*, 4, 5* or 6 days. * Note for museum visits: The 3-day-pass includes the Paris Museum Pass for the free visit of over 50 museums for 48 h; the 5-day-pass the free visit for 96 h. Please plan your schedule of visits according. Bonus in 4-day-pass: you can use the public transport for free on an additional 5th day. Enjoy free admission to 60 museums and attractions in Paris, including the Louvre, the Palace of Versailles, a boat trip along the Seine, and much more. At some of the attractions you'll be able to spend less time queuing, heading straight for the entrance instead.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience La Cité des Sciences et de L'lndustrie?
The best ways to experience La Cité des Sciences et de L'lndustrie are:
- Seine River Cruise and Paris Canals Tour
- Paris Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Entry to Over 60 Attractions
- Paris City Pass: Free admission & public transport
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