Palais De La Decouverte, Paris
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Palais De La Decouverte, Paris - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price
Address: Avenue Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 75008 Paris
Ticket Price: 9 EUR
Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
Timings: 09:30 am - 06:00 pm Details
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This science museum is also popularly known as the Discovery Palace. It was founded by a famous physicist, Jean Baptiste Perrin who won Nobel Prize in 1926 for Physics. This iconic museum is located in the 8th Arrondissement in Paris. The museum was founded during an international exhibition named ‘Arts and Technique in Modern Life’. Soon, in 1938 the French Government decided to expand it and converted it into an innovative science museum. Today, the museum occupies around 25,000 square meter area. It has permanent exhibitions on subjects like mathematics, astronomy, physics, chemistry, geology and biology.
The primary attraction of the museum is the ‘Pi room’ which is circular in shape. See the surrounding wall and you find around 707 digits of the number of Pi (π).
Palais De La Decouverte Information
- Café is there where you can sit and enjoy the food or opt for take-away service.
- The museum is accessible for disabled people.
Palais De La Decouverte Ticket Prices
- Reduced rate (under 25s, students, over 65s) : 7 €
- Happy hours : 3€ (For students for all visits between 3 pm and 6 pm, on presentation of valid documentation (student card, ISIC card or international student card), except during weekends and school holidays. It is only available from ticket offices at the Palais.)
- Children (under 6 years), disabled person and accompanying person : Free entry
How To reach Palais De La Decouverte by Public Transport
- Metro: Lines 1 et 13. Champs Elysées-Clemenceau station; Lines 1 et 9. Franklin-D.-Roosevelt station
- Bus: Lines 28, 42, 52, 63, 72, 73, 80, 83, 93
- RER: Line C. Invalides station
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As a retired scientist and teacher, I like to see how the different places I visit present science to the public. This is not so much a science museum, as an interactive experience center for visitors, that attempts to cover a wide of sciences. It is not the main science museum in Paris which is on the northern outskirts of the city. As a non-tourist oriented place, all the signage is in French, but I expected that, and that is not a part of my rating. A few of the interactive displays were novel and interesting. An unsatisfactorily large number of the interactive exhibits were posted as out of order, and others also did not work. For a few it was not clear what they were supposed to be demonstrating, or what they were actually supposed to be operated. A lot of the optics exhibits seemed out of alignment and were dirty. There were a few exhibits and displayed items with no signage, and what they were supposed to show was not clear. The static exhibit halls were mostly a miss. The astronomy hall was best of the static exhibits. The paleontology hall was mostly empty. (There is a much better museum for that in Paris.) There are numerous mini-lecture halls where demonstrations are given in a variety of sciences. They seemed well done, but if you don't understand French you won't get much out of them. I think they require group reservations, but I'm not sure. The museum has a large number of school groups that attend during the day, making it sometimes a very noisy place. There is a nice planetarium, but when I tried to attend the last one of the day I learned that an additional ticket and a reservation was required. The attendant at the door spoke English, but was singularly unwilling to explain how to get a ticket or make a reservations. Tickets could not be purchased at the door, and the planetarium ticket is not listed at the main ticket office before you enter the museum. So how this works I never figured out. You would think once someone had entered the museum, the planetarium tickets would be available at the door! The attendant had the same indifferent, uncooperative attitude that was the norm 45 years ago when I first started visiting Paris, and which for the most part is no longer the case. So despite a few interesting things, the several negatives made this one of the less interesting science museums I have visited over the years.
I went there for a whole day during summer. It has very interesting both permanent and temporary exhibitions covering various topics of science, such as astronomy, geology, biology or chemistry. Reservations are recommended for exhibitions which require a speaker but if you go here with one or two other people you can easily slide in within a group, even if it was shown as full on their website. That way, we were easily able to attend presentations with school groups, but make sure not to answer all the questions if you do the same thing. The presentations are VERY entertaining for both kids and adults, and the speakers - that we encountered that day, at least - were very good. While older ones may already know about most topics, it's always a treat to see and feel shown experiments. We had adults and kids feeling static electricity, being zapped (lightly!) or even attempting to touch liquid nitrogen after being explained why and how it is safe to do so. While I'd recommend you to bring your own food (as food here is quite expensive), the fact that your ticket grants access to the Palais for the full day is really nice as it allows you to take a break for lunch and come back right after. Overall a fantastic experience. Highly recommended.
The musee pass also need a ticket. The stuff there is not very friendly. Also Twice security. Maybe just I am Asian.But inside is good.
Science museum, a little bit oldish, but accurate, very goo temporary exhibitions, and live demonstrations of scientific experiments (all in french, though)
Interesting place! A few experiments are explained in English. Mostly in French! Major set back: NO AIR CONDITIONING!!!
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