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Palais de la Decouverte, Paris

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Observatory Science Museum
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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  • If I were somewhere between the ages of 6-14, and spoke fluent French, and was interested in science whatsoever, this would be the place to go. Boundless amounts of interactive exhibits, though all in...  more »
  • I remember this museum from when I was a child. It is attractive for children who like science, but the exhibits are a bit dated and the experiments done live also belong from the last century. Perhap...  more »
  • I love science museums and this should have been one of the best. Compared with other museums there are a lot of lectures and demonstrations and these have a lot of talking in French - and I mean a lo...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Amazing place to go for anyone even remotely interested in science or technology. Great for kids as well !