Cite des Sciences et de l’Industrie
The Cite des Sciences, as it is often known, is the largest science museum in Europe and the fifth most visited museum in Paris after the other famous places such as The Louvre, and it is no wonder why it is so popular for people of all ages.
There is so much to discover at this science museum in Paris including some fascinating permanent exhibitions where you can even get a hands on experience, just like in the Techno Gallery where you can play the latest games, discover robots, test prototypes etc.
Another popular area is the Images exhibition where you can manipulate pictures or include yourself in a TV commercial, or you have the Light exhibition where you can discover optical illusions, yet perhaps testing out new sound devises could be more to your liking, not forgetting the outerpace and satellite sections plus much, much more you and the family can enjoy.
But this does not include discovering the Argonaute submarine just outside or the fabulous Geode, which is the very shiny geodesic sphere that holds a cinema and has one of the largest screens in the world.
So as you can tell, this is a great place to spend a day out that is suitable for all the family, but lets take a look at some of the practical information.
Food and Drink Services
Because this is one of the tourist attractions in Paris that you could quite easily spend a good few hours experiencing, there are also several places that you can enjoy a drink, quick snack or evening a sumptuous three course meal to keep you going. And you may be pleased to know that all these place to eat are accessible to the disabled, and assistance can also be provided upon request.
Le Hublot Restaurant
This is a traditional restaurant serving French cuisine with table service that provides a variety of different dishes and here you can have a three course meal and is located on level -2 of the Cite des Sciences.
Le Hublot is open from 11.30am through to 3pm and you could opt just for a salad, but starters are also available and these range in cost from around €6 with a main course ranging in price from around €14.50 as of 2013. There is a childrens menu available as well, plus you can also make reservations for receptions and childrens parties by telephoning +33 (0) 1 44 89 98 98.
Cafe de la Cite
This is an internet cafe in Paris with an eat-in or takeaway service that has a contemporary design with internet terminals and microwaves. The Cafe de la Cite is open from 10am right through to 6pm and located on level 0, you can get sandwiches from just over €3 along with soups, salads and pasta, which range in cost from around €4.50 as of 2013.
Aux Pains Perdus Sandwich Bar
The Aux Pains Perdus is a sandwich bar offering freshly prepared sandwiches along with hot and cold snacks plus desserts that you can eat in or takeaway, and located on level -2 there is even a special lift for disabled visitors to get to the hot food section. It is open from 11am through to 3pm and as of 2013, sandwiches, salads, etc are around a cost of around €4 upwards.
Bar du Forum and the Bar des Lumieres
These two are perfect for a quick snack or a coffee break plus they also service ice creams, which are a delight for the children and the Bar du Forum is on level 1 and the Bar des Lumieres is located on level 2.
Additional Services at the Cite des Sciences
Cloakrooms where you can leave coats and bags are available for individual visitors and for groups completely free of charge on presentation of your ticket to the Cite des Sciences Museum.
Wheelchairs and Pushchairs can also be borrowed, however, we would like to point out that a passport or equivalent ID is required.
For shows within the Planetarium that do not have spoken commentary, there are audio guides available for the sight impaired, completely free of charge. These can be obtained from the information desk on level 0 in either French, English, German, Spanish or the Italian language, but again, you would have to provide a form of ID such as a passport.
Baby changing facilities are available on three different levels of the science museum and there are of course disabled toilets as well, but there are also ATM cash machines located on level 0 in the main hall.
And again in the main hall there is a scale model of the Cite des Sciences that talks when you touch it and is designed for the visually impaired to be able to get their bearings more easily.
There is also a gift shop and book store located in the main hall on level 0, where you can purchase a wide range of items suitable for all age groups and it includes things such as gadgets, science experiments, games, souvenirs, magazines, catalogues and much more.
Opening Hours at the Cite des Sciences et de l’Industrie
The Cite des Sciences is open on a Tuesday through to a Saturday from 10am to 6pm and on a Sunday from 10am to 7pm, but it is closed each Monday, yet some of the parts within the centre do have specific opening times that vary slightly, just like we mentioned the restaurants and cafes above with their specific times.
The Explora Centre, which is what holds the permanent exhibitions like the Techno Gallery is open on the above times, however, you will find that sometimes the temporary exhibitions have completely different times, so it is always adviseable to check first.
The sessions within the Cite des Enfants last approximately 90 minutes or 75 minutes during school holidays and these are held at 10am, 11.45am, 1.30pm and 3.15pm on a Tuesday to Friday. However, at a weekend the sessions are conducted at 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 4.30pm, but we would like to point out that during holidays or peak times, it is highly recommended to book you place.
When it comes to the Louis-Lumiere cinema for 3D films, these screenings are held every 30 minutes on a Tuesday through to Sunday from 11am until noon and from 2pm to 5pm, but on a Sunday and during the French school holidays these run until 6pm instead of 5pm.
The science library and the Cite de la Sante for health information are both open on a Tuesday to Sunday from noon through to 6.45pm.
Access to the Cite des Sciences et de l’Industrie
There are a few different types of ticket you can purchase depending upon what you want to discover and as of 2013 the permanent Explora Exhibitions along with access to the Planetarium is a cost of €11 or a reduced amount of €9 for students under 25 and only €3 for children under the age of 6.
However, if you would like to visit The Geode as well as see the Explora Exhibitions then this is a cost of €17.50 or an additional €0.50 extra if you want to see a 3D film at the Geode, but again, for students there is a reduced rate of €14 as of 2013.
There are also lots of other options such as visiting the temporary exhibitions, the Cite des Enfants, the Argonaute submarine that is located opposite the Cite des Sciences also within the Parc de la Villette, etc which all vary in cost, however, any person registered disabled can gain free entry to the Cite des Sciences upon providing proof.
Now when it comes to getting here, it is located in the 19th Arrondissement of Paris and if you have your own transport then there is a car park at the Cite des Sciences that has 1,500 spaces, which includes 32 that are reserved for disabled drivers and this is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As of 2013 the cost for this is €2.10 for one hour, €7.90 for 4 hours and €13.60 for 24 hours and payment can be made via card at the exit or in cash at one of the ticket machines. The entrances to the car park are on Boulevard Macdonald and Quai de la Charente, however, we would like to point out that the maximum vehicle height is 1.8m.
But if you are travelling on the public transport in Paris, then the nearest Metro station is called the Porte de la Villette and you would need line 7, or alternatively the buses also stop here and you would need numbers 139, 150 or 152.
You will also find that there is a tactile guide path that stretches from the Metro station exit at the Porte de la Villette right to the entrance of the Cite des Sciences and this is to help visually impaired visitors get their bearings as they approach to the science museum, however, they still need to be accompanied whilst inside. Now to locate this path, you would get out of the train climb the stairs at the end of the platform, then turn right twice and follow the yellow guide path.
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Address and Contact Details
Cite des Sciences et de l’Industrie
Parc de la Villette
30 Avenue Corentin-Cariou
Ile de France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 40 05 70 00
Interactive Voice Response Tel: +33 (0) 1 40 05 80 00
Groups Tel: +33 (0) 1 40 05 81 41
Fax: +33 (0) 1 40 05 70 70
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