Brittany Sights

Grand Eléphant et Galerie de les Machines de l’île

  • Bd. Léon Bureau Map It
  • Ile de Nantes
  • Fodor's Choice

Fodor's Review

Had Jules Verne (a son of Nantes) and Leonardo da Vinci somehow got together when they were both in a particularly whimsical frame of mind, they may well have established this unique and engaging workshop-gallery. Their spirit certainly lives on in the imaginative, artistic, and mechanically brilliant creations that are built and displayed here. The Grand Eléphant gets most attention—hardly surprising, since the 50-ton giant, just short of 40-feet high, regularly "ambles" along the quay carrying 49 passengers. Inside the gallery are works in many shapes and sizes—some of them interactive—and you can watch more being made in the workshop on weekdays. The Carrousel des Mondes Marins (Marine Worlds Carousel), the newest eye-popping addition, is located just outside the gallery on the banks of the Loire.

Sight Information

Address:

Les Chantiers, Bd. Léon Bureau, Nantes, 44200, France

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Phone:

/08–10–12–12–25

Sight Details:

  • Gallery €8.50; elephant ride €8.50; carousel €8.50
  • July and Aug., daily 10–7; Sept.–early Jan. and mid-Feb.–June, hrs vary (see website)

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