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Les Machines de L'ile, Nantes

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Enter the dreamlike world of fantasy that combines the mechanical universe of Leonardo da Vinci and the imaginary worlds of Jules Verne at Les Machines de L'ile. This fantastic project is an absolute must, especially if you have children. Gigantic machines take you on a steampunk journey through time using artistry and magic--some of these mechanical marvels even take you on the ride of a lifetime. Hop on The Great Elephant, a mechanical mammal made from 45 tons of steel and wood, for a 45-minute walk around the grounds. Then, control the movements of the machines at the Marine Worlds Carousel. This massive 360-degree theater on three levels displays mechanical marine creatures--many of which you and your kids can control. The ship sets sail 5 m (16 ft) above the seabed, then plunges you virtually into the depths, where wild creatures like deep-sea lanternfish light your way. Use our Nantes itinerary planner to add Les Machines de L'ile and other attractions to your Nantes vacation plans.
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  • see on Nantes. original. The elephant remains the centerpiece, but over the years the machine park increases for the happiness of children and adults. Do not forget to take a ride on the merry-go-round as unique in its kind!
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  • outputs designs straight from the books of Jules Verne with the creativity and the technical nature of Leonardo da Vinci. A must see
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  • Great atmosphere and nice discovery, interesting. We are not bored, the island machines are top, I advise to go on the elephant and in the garden
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  • Had lunch at the "café" yesterday. Was served by a young man wearing black jeans with several holes , the one in the groin area was a bit too much for a family lunch ! Tourists from England sitting at the table next to me were refused an order on the blackboard menu, it was only 13h15 , "no food left, only sandwiches" was the discourteous announcement from the manageress !! A visit to the toilets was a nightmare, extremely dirty and foul smelling, !!! A quick visit into the gift shop just to let them know about the state of the toilets, made a quick exit as the cashier was having a harsh conversation with an English customer wishing to buy stamps for the many post cards she was buying !!!! On the whole an abysmal 90 minutes in one of Nantes biggest tourist attractions at the hight of the tourist season !!!!! "VOYAGE A NANTES" :-(
  • Awesome place to visit. The creativity and workmanship that go into the machines is truly impressive. It's also cool that they let an occasional visitor ride a machine while they do a demonstration of it's operation.
  • This place is UNREAL. The mechanical creatures are from your wildest dreams and they are all here in their working form. A trumpeting elephant that spouts water from its trunk to a hissing spider you won't believe your senses. Then, the 2 story carousel with detailed sea creatures is fantastical. Francois Delaroziere is a great artist! Breathtaking work.
  • Amazing machines and exhibition. a very good experience for children who can learn about nature, inventions and science. Superb.
  • under renovation while we were there, but still could see the creatures. looked quite amazing.
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