Cite des Sciences et de l’Industrie, an interactive museum
The interactive Sciences and Industry Museum is located in the Parc de la Villette.
Considered the Paris Mecca of sciences and computer technology, it’s the place to visit when in Paris if you love sciences!
It was founded at the initiative of President Giscard d’Estaing.
François Mitterrand inaugurated it on March 13, 1986 to celebrate the ‘meeting’ between the astronomical probe Giotto and Halley’s Comet.
La Villette Sciences Museum has always been complementary to the Palais de la Découverte, another scientific museum located in the Grand Palais.
As a result, the two establishments merged in 2009 under the name of Universcience.
Sciences and Industry Museum – Universcience
This interactive museum offers an unlimited list of temporary and permanent exhibitions.
These propose a wide selection scientific topics, but also workshops for children, teenagers and adults, and guided tours dedicated to math, technology or space.
The permanent exhibitions take place in Explora, a section that spreads over three levels.
The library – Bibliothèque des sciences et de l’industrie – consists of 3 zones, one for the general public, a second for children and a third dedicated to the history of science.
The library includes the Carrefour numérique, a 1200m2 area dedicated to the discovery and experimentation of digital and technology world.
The museum accommodates also the Cité des Métiers, which focuses on employment, professional training and business, and the Cité de la Santé, where visitors will find information and advice on health matters.
The Cité des Enfants (Children’s section) is extremely popular, as you can guess.
It caters for 2 to 12-year old, and is divided in two sections: 2 to 7-year and 5 to 12-year old.
Finally, the Sciences and Industry Museum includes also an auditorium, movie theater, planetarium, congress center, aquarium, conference rooms, a books and toys shop, several restaurants and even a picnic area!
Directions: 19th district – 30 Avenue Corentin Cariou
Metro: Corentin Cariou
Coordinates: Lat 48.895260 – Long 2.388307