Science Museum sights in Paris
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At the northern end of Parc de la Villette, the huge City of Science & Industry has all sorts of high-tech exhibits. Bring a picnic and spend the day here.
There are two main exhibit areas inside, in addition to a planetarium (level 1; admission €3; 10am-6pm Tue-Sat, to 7pm Sun), two cinemas, a tiny aquarium (level 2; admission free; 10am-6pm Tue-Sat, to 7pm Sun) and a 1950s French Navy submarine (€3; 10am-5.30pm Tue-Sat, to 7pm Sun) that can be visited.
On the ground floor is the brilliant Cité des Enfants, with imaginative, hands-on demonstrations of basic scientific principles in two sections: for 2- to 7-year-olds, and for 5- to 12-year-olds. In the first, kids…
Attached to the Grand Palais, this children’s science museum has excellent temporary exhibits (eg moving lifelike dinosaurs) as well as a hands-on, interactive permanent collection focusing on astronomy, biology, physics and the like. Some of the older exhibits have French-only explanations, but overall this is a dependable family outing.