Paris Travel Planner   Palais de la Découverte, Paris, France
Located just behind the Grand Palais, it's a place to explore and discover the sciences.




The Palais de la Découverte, or Palace of Discovery, is a great place for kids of all ages. Founded by Nobel Prize winning Physicist Jean Perrin in the 1930s, it has grown and changed with the times and undergone significant renovations.

Its self-description says that it "presents fundamental and contemporary science in a dynamic and interactive way through a range of exhibitions." Exhibit areas focus on a range of topics:

Astronomy looks at the solar system, measurement, eclipses, and the history of astronomy. It also has a planetarium.

Chemistry examines topics as far-ranging as forensics, sugar, and hydrogen, while geosciences presents on dinosaurs, water, earthquakes, volcanoes, and more.

Other sections focus on mathematics, physics, and life sciences, with exhibits, lectures, and activities. Temporary exhibitions are diverse and may include medicine, dinosaurs, space exploration, and lots more.

Throughout the museum, an assortment of interactive games and videos allow kids—and adults—to play and learn.

The Palais de la Découverte is co-located with the Grand Palais and is not far from the Champs-Élysées.

If you (or your kids) want more science after this visit, consider going to the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, or to the Musée des Arts et Métiers.

Métro: Champs Élysées-Clemenceau, Franklin D Roosevelt
RER: Invalides
Bus: 28, 42, 52, 63, 72, 73, 80, 83, 93

Closed Mondays.

Palais de la Découverte
Avenue Frankline D Roosevelt
75008 Paris, France
+ 33 (0)1 56 43 20 20

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