Paris Science Museum

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Paris Science Museum
Paris Science Museum

What you'll do

Paris Science Museum is the biggest science museum in Europe. This impressive glass and steel building was designed by Adrien Fainsilber and opened in 1986.

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  • You can visit this attraction with the digital Paris Museum Pass. Please download it before you visit!
  • Something for all ages at this fascinating museum dedicated to scientific innovation
  • Includes a planetarium, a submarine and an IMAX theater

The Paris Science Museum has a planetarium, an IMAX theater, and special departments for children and teenagers, "the cite des enfants", making it an exciting attraction for any trip to Paris. Don't miss out on the wonderful experience, get your Science Museum in Paris Tickets with The Paris Pass®.


The Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie (Science Museum), located in the Parc de la Villette in Paris, is the largest science museum in Europe and one of France's premier cultural centers of science, technology, and industry. It aims to spread scientific and technical knowledge, especially among youth, and to foster public interest in science, research, and industry.

Architectural Significance

The museum's building is a marvel in itself, constructed around the vast steel trusses of an unfinished abattoir sales hall. The transformation into the museum was commissioned in 1980, designed by architect Adrien Fainsilber and engineering firm Rice Francis Ritchie. The building was inaugurated in 1986 by François Mitterrand.

A notable architectural feature is its "bioclimatic facade" facing the park, including Les Serres – three greenhouse spaces constructed without framing or supporting fins, a first in structural glass wall construction.

Modern Science and Education Focus

The museum masterfully blends science with modern living, highlighting contemporary scientific breakthroughs and their future implications, rather than dwelling on past technical feats. Its spacious, modern interior spans several levels, all seamlessly linked by quiet elevators. Within these spaces, visitors can immerse themselves in a diverse array of exhibitions, models, interactive videos, and hands-on technical displays.

A standout feature is the Solar Impulse 1, a pioneering solar-powered aircraft prototype, epitomising the museum's commitment to showcasing cutting-edge, futuristic technology.

Science Museum Paris Exhibitions

  • The museum houses a variety of permanent exhibitions such as 'Brain', exploring the human brain through surrealistic settings; 'Man and Genes', delving into evolution, heredity, and genetics; 'Transport and Mankind', focusing on the socio-technological aspects of human mobility; and 'Energy', addressing the challenges of energy consumption and sustainability​​.
  • Other significant exhibits include 'The Great Story of the Universe', which takes visitors on a journey through the origins of the universe, and 'Earthwatch: the Satellite Revolution', offering insights into how satellites have transformed our view of Earth​​.
  • The museum is also home to unique attractions like the Argonaute submarine museum, offering an inside look at life aboard a 1950s hunter-killer submarine​​.

Paris Science Museum FAQs

Q. Can children visit the Paris Science Museum?
A. Absolutely! The Paris Science Museum welcomes children of all ages and offers a range of interactive exhibits and educational activities tailored to their interests.

Q. Are there guided tours available at the Paris Science Museum?
A. Yes, the Paris Science Museum offers guided tours led by knowledgeable experts who provide fascinating insights into the exhibitions and help visitors make the most of their experience.

Q. Is there a cafeteria or restaurant inside the Paris Science Museum?
A. Certainly! The museum features a cafeteria where you can grab a quick snack or enjoy a leisurely meal, offering a variety of delicious options to suit different tastes and dietary preferences.

Q. Can I take photographs inside the Paris Science Museum?
A. Yes, photography is generally allowed within the museum, but it's important to be mindful of other visitors and any specific guidelines or restrictions for certain exhibits.

Q. Are there any special events or temporary exhibitions at the Paris Science Museum?
A. Absolutely! The Paris Science Museum frequently hosts special events and showcases temporary exhibitions on various scientific topics, providing visitors with fresh and engaging content to explore during their visit.

Q. Is the Paris Science Museum accessible for individuals with disabilities?
A. Yes, the museum is committed to providing accessibility for all visitors and offers facilities such as ramps, elevators, and accessible restrooms, ensuring that everyone can fully enjoy their experience at the museum.

Know before you go

Getting in: simply show your valid Paris Museum Pass at the gate

This attraction is available as part of the digital Paris Museum Pass which is included for free with The Paris Pass®. Be sure to download it ahead of your trip and to save it on your phone as you'll need it at the entrance. You'll be asked to specify a 'date' which MUST be on one of the days you plan to use your passes. Click here for more information on downloading your Paris Museum Pass and a full list of attractions.

For more information visit the Paris Science Museum website.

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Operating hours

Tuesday - Saturday: 10AM - 6PM

Sunday: 10AM - 7PM

These times are subject to change. For current opening hours, you can also check the attraction website.

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