Explore the Scientific World at the Palais de la Découverte
The Palais de le Découverte Takes You Through An Incredible Scientific Journey For Kids and Adults’ Greatest Enjoyment
Under the Grand Palais’s awe-inspiring nave of glass and steel, a venue is attracting visitors from all around the world: the Palais de la Découverte – Paris’ science museum. When you walk through its vast, spherical hall, you will be stunned by the immensity and beauty of the place. The white, stone statues that ornate the roof depict mythological tales, whilst an intricate mosaic draws a soft-hued, rose pattern on the floor. It’s only after taking the marbled stairs to the first floor that the classical architecture changes to a more modern style… on this storey, visitors can look forward to experimenting with mathematics, physics and chemistry like never before.
Renowned for its culture and architectural wonders, France is also land of science. From Marie and Pierre Curie’s pioneering research on radioactivity to Louis Pasteur’s vaccination and pasteurisation, French scientists have led the way to some of the world’s most important discoveries. These discoveries are ready to be explored through playful and educative workshops in the Palais des Découverte…
Paradise For Adults and Kids Alike
The Palais de la Découverte gives guests the options of entering a machine to make hair stand on end to understand static electricity, as well as discovering how the brain and the olfactory system are related with diverse smelling tests. Through varied tasks built for every age, the museum explains science to both kids and adults – you’ll understand how progress was made in major fields such as medicine, geology, biology and mathematics. Most importantly, guests will learn how these advancements have come to have an indispensable place in everyone’s daily life.
For younger visitors, they can discover how volcanos and seismic shocks work in the “Séismes et volcans” exhibition where each step of a volcanic eruption and its consequences are shown, whilst older ones can attend a fun class in the maths department and (finally) understand more about Pythagore, Thalès and π. At the end of the workshops, all generations will be glad to meet in the temporary expo room where dinosaur, sea and jungle worlds collide to reveal their secrets…
Heightening Visitors’ Awareness of Current Issues
More than a classic museum, the venue also aims to alert people to issues our planet is encountering – climate change being the main one. Through four huge signs, video interviews with experts and an interactive quiz for everyone to test their knowledge on the topic, visitors will learn more about its impacts on Earth, its direct consequences and long term effects.
Seizing the opportunity offered by the Cop 21 (the international summary on Climate Change held in Paris in 2015), the Palais de la Découverte shows a detailed analysis of how global warming is happening, leading youngsters and adults to realise its imminence and how fast they need to act against it, offering handy tips and hints to make small but vital changes in everyday life.
Whether you’re a born science enthusiast or feel like you’re more of a literary lover, the Palais de la Découverte will catch your attention and seduce you with its accessible expertise and educative activities. If you want to continue exploring and discovering the amazing universe that surrounds us, you can head to the Cité de la Science, in the 18th arrondissement, and enjoy bigger exhibitions inside la Villette’s modern, glass structure. You’re guaranteed an outstanding stay in the City of Light – where you’ll never stop learning…