Les Étincelles du Palais de la découverte

Les Étincelles of the Palais de la découverte

For budding scientists, discover the workshops of the Palais de la découverte (“Discovery Palace”) in a new temporary location where science questions as much as it amazes.

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Description

Closed for renovations, the Palais de la découverte is reinventing itself in a temporary space, in the 15th arrondissement of Paris right next to Parc André Citroën.

Science within everyone's reach

There, housed in 6 tall buildings with colourful roofs pointing to the sky, 770 square meters of exhibition and experimentation spaces awaiting your visit.

In the 3 presentation rooms each accommodating two scientific subjects (chemistry/geosciences, physics/computer science and mathematics and life sciences), around twenty presentations are given each day by professional mediators of the Palais on weekends and school holidays. A real moment of exchange during which curious children can ask all their questions!

Regulars and newcomers can see (or see again) the thematic and educational demonstrations that appeal to adults and young audiences alike. Discover mathematical activities for fans of Pythagoras, presentations on earthquakes for future volcanologists, an observation of ants in their terrarium for those fascinated by the world of small creatures or even a dive into the mysteries of the planet Mars.

In the fourth space, a 49-seat planetarium transports you across the universe thanks to a digital projector allowing to recreate a real voyage to the edge of the galaxy.
Something to feed brains even when there is no school.

Modular and ecological spaces

And because learning is also about having fun, the exterior of this temporary location has been designed to appeal to children. The coloured tips of each space, adorned with yellow, blue or even pink, are reminiscent of circus tents.

Anchored in current ecological concerns, the teams in charge of Les Étincelles naturally made the choice to use materials recovered from the Palais de la Découverte. Thus, the interior of the structures is made up of the old partitions and slabs of the museum and the furniture has also been moved to the temporary site, transferring the spirit of the Palais to these new walls.

A temporary stop before discovering a brand new Palais de la Découverte in 2025.

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Community facilities

Access and contact

Jardin Caroline Aigle
186 rue Saint Charles
75015 Paris 15ème

Access via rue Saint Charles and rue Gutenberg (opposite number 72).
Come by public transport: Metro 8 (Balard and Lourmel stations) and 10 (Javel - André Citroën station) RER C (Pont du Garigliano station and Javel station) Bus 30, 42, 88, 169, 756 and 385 Tramway T3a (Pont du Garigliano station)

Days and opening hours

All year round, every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday between 10 am and 6 pm. Closed exceptionally on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th. Wednesday from 12.45 to 18.00 From September to June Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm (summer and school holiday hours).

Prices

  • Full price: 4 € (By workshop or presentation).

    Minimum age allowed: 6 years (children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult) Accompanying adults must also have a ticket. Online booking is required.

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Spoken languages

  • French
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