Palais de la Decouverte, Paris

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Science museum Palais de la Decouverte in the Grand Palais, offers permanent exhibits on math, physics, astronomy, chemistry, geology, and biology. You can try out interactive experiments with commentaries by lecturers or visit the Zeiss planetarium and its 15 m (49 ft) dome. The 707 digits of the number π are inscribed on the walls of the circular room "pi room." Large, wooden digits attached to the dome-like ceiling are based on an 1853 calculation by English mathematician William Shanks. (It included an error in the 528th digit, which was corrected in 1949.) Jean Baptiste Perrin, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics, created this museum in 1937. Take a look at our Paris road trip planning app to schedule your visit to Palais de la Decouverte and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • The building is currently being renovated, so it is not easy to appreciate its external architecture. For children, the visit is fun but the facilities are dated. An update is needed. It was already the case during our previous visit 5 years ago.
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  • We set aside half a day to explore this area as we usually spend 3-4h at other science museums. I must say, after 30min-45min, we were bored. The panels and exhibits are presented in French. There's a...  more »
  • We went to the planetarium, visit correct except at the entrance of agents including a very disagreeable woman see bitter damage for the image of the Palace of discovery! She barely speaks and make things unpleasant for us to understand how to get out as if we were idiots. A minimum of courtesy would be a plus.
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  • 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!!!
  • Great exhibitions and scientific experiments (some of them are quite impressive or even frightening!)

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