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Champs-Élysees Observatory

Editor's Note: This property is currently undergoing renovations.

The Palace of Discovery, a popular science museum in the rear of the Grand Palais complex, has a wide variety of exhibits spread out over two floors under an elegant glass-and-iron roof. Subjects include astronomy, chemistry, biology, physics, and earth sciences. Free audio-guides can be downloaded to your smart device, and there are plenty of buttons and levers to press and pull to keep little (and not so little) hands busy. This fun facility—a smaller cousin of the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie in Parc de la Villette—also features regularly scheduled demos and 3-D films, along with daily planetarium shows (in French only).

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Av. Franklin-D.-Roosevelt
Paris, Île-de-France  75008, France


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: €9; €12 with planetarium, Closed Mon.

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