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Les Machines de L'ile, Nantes

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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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  • A must if going to Nantes. The machines and elephant are fantastic to see and made exactly like they would have done in the Victorian era. So unusual with so much detail and quirkiness.  more »
  • The adult I am is dropped back to childhood and my 2 kids were amazed by these huge machines
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  • Out pretty impressed by the creativity of the company of machines. It looks to be facing the animatronics of studio movie to a few centimeters. The elephant and the spider are not bad, but the flight of the heron is impressive. Mention to the humor of the demonstrators. It makes you want to travel when the tree the Heron will be ready in 2021
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  • This has to be seen to be believed, wonderful machines in the style of joules vern. You pay to ride on things and enter the workshop, but if you want you can have a free wander around. There is a reasonably priced multi story car park almost opposite the entrance and two or three places to eat and drink. They have great plans for new attractions and they look amazing too. This is a good day out, very different and well worth a detour to get to. See their Web site for loads of info. Thumbs up if you found this helpful!
  • As someone who has always been fascinated by automatons, and wind-up toys, I thought this place would be interesting. It surpassed by expectations by a mile! From a purely mechanical point of view, all the machines are marvels of engineering. But beyond that, they bring out the wonder in all spectators. Riding the elephant was incredible especially being able to watch the way the gears moved from so many perspectives. The carousel was amazing. Each creature on the carousel had its own personality. I loved that they were all so interactive. The demonstration of the machines in the gallery was really interesting to watch, too. My French wasn't good enough to follow the commentary from the guides, so it would have been nice to have an audio guide of some sort in English. But since this place is really visually oriented, it wasn't a big minus. I will definitely return.
  • If you happen to be in Nantes, it's definitely a place to visit. They aim to create emotions with motion and they deliver. It may sound abstract, but it's difficult to describe. Seeing the machines live is a wonderful experience.
  • Very good attractions. The museum is very interesting and children (and adults) are fascinated by the elephant and merry go rounds. A great day out.
  • This place was amazingly unique. Everything was meant to be played with. You could pull all of the levers, switch switches, and more. These would all move parts of the machines. There is also a giant mechanical elephant ride, in which I would totally recommend. It was 30 minutes on a giant walking elephant. If you don't particularly like loud noises, you may want to grab some earplugs, located in a box on the lower floor of the elephant.