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. Use our Paris tour planner to visit Palais de la Decouverte on your trip to Paris, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • August 17, 2017
    A little old exhibitions, sometimes a little complicated for young children. Practical presentations are presented over the course of the afternoon. We saw 2, they were very interesting, and very dynamic animators. There are a lot of people but little place during these briefings so get there early. The price is right to spend an afternoon.
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  • August 17, 2017
    At least France, read fun is halved. Even France, notation for the description of exhibits most read this maybe? as I do not know you can. I also know and experimental facilities are very much present and live is being held, but also do not know France language teacher was saying something and not interesting. As is lots of exhibits, and living exhibits. I think it is worth because the scale is so. 2017 / 08 now admission is 9 euros.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Badly screwed up, disorganized, badly reported exhibitions dated. The themes are very interesting but poorly covered, either too complicated, or simplistic and so uninteresting. A complete overhaul of this magical place is necessary
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  • June 22, 2017
    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.
  • August 12, 2017
    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.
  • June 18, 2017
    Interesting place! A few experiments are explained in English. Mostly in French! Major set back: NO AIR CONDITIONING!!!
  • May 28, 2017
    Great exhibitions and scientific experiments (some of them are quite impressive or even frightening!)
  • April 27, 2017
    Interesting museum for kids, even adults for some subjects. Pity that all is in French.

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