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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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  • During the summer, we sometimes lack imagination to entertain our grandchildren in teaching, and although the Palace of discovery is worth the trip! The conferences are not at all boring, especially those concerning animals: rats, frogs, ants and the Octopus featured; speakers adapt to young people by showing them the powers of these small animals; they have learned in a few hours in a good mood... I recommend to go early in the morning to enjoy the Conference and the planetarium. The price is reasonable and free for kids! I would say not as many devices within the reach of the public on the 1st floor, often this does not work, and nobody is there to explain (damage).
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  • We went there with our 4 children and 8 years and I found that the explanations were complicated and not really playful. Speakers are really great (for those we have seen) but for the smaller (especially on animals) conferences children getting up constantly and prevented all others to see what has tempered party workshop so I know the logic would be parents who manage their children but because this isn't the case give rules at the beginning of the Conference would be a good idea... otherwise quite a few "attractive" workshop were closed but it was reported zero by I'm a little disappointed not to have been informed. Basically I would recommend to someone passionate about a topic in this museum or someone with older children.
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  • Extremely disappointed, a dated Museum, faded which has not changed for 30 years, uninteresting as possible! Experiences offered to visitors who do not work for the most part... frankly I am soon out!
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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.
  • 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!)
  • Interesting museum for kids, even adults for some subjects. Pity that all is in French.
  • A well-curated and interactive science museum, but with very little information in English and mainly targeted at kids.

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