Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie

Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie
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La Cité des Sciences
Established13 March 1986
Coordinates48°53′44″N 2°23′17″E / 48°53′44″N 2°23′17″E / 48.895556; 2.388056

The Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie ("City of Science and Industry", abbreviated la CSI[1][2] or simply CSI[3]) is the biggest science museum in Europe.[4] Located in Parc de la Villette in Paris, France, it is one of the three dozen French Cultural Centers of Science, Technology and Industry (CCSTI), promoting science and science culture.

About five million people visit the Cité each year. Attractions include a planetarium, a submarine (the Argonaute), an IMAX theatre (La Géode) and special areas for children and teenagers.

The Cité is classified as a public establishment of an industrial and commercial character, an establishment specialising in the fostering of scientific and technical culture. Created on the initiative of President Giscard d'Estaing, the goal of the Cité is to spread scientific and technical knowledge among the public, particularly for youth, and to promote public interest in science, research and industry.

The most notable features of the "bioclimatic facade" facing the park are Les Serres – three greenhouse spaces each 32 metres high, 32 metres wide and 8 metres deep. The facades of Les Serres were the first structural glass walls to be constructed without framing or supporting fins.

Between 30 May and 1 June 2008, the museum hosted the 3rd International Salon for Peace Initiatives.


La Cité des Sciences main hall escalator
  • Explore (levels 1, 2, and 3)
  • The library of science and industry (Médiathèque, level −1)
  • City of children (level 0)
  • Auditorium and things (level 0)
  • Louis Lumière theatre (level 0)
  • Planetarium (located between exhibits on level 2)
  • Numeric crossroads (level −1)
  • City of careers (level −1)
  • City of health (level −1)
  • Meeting place (level −1)
  • Aquarium (level −2)
  • Jean bertin hall (level 0)
  • Condorcet hall (level 0)
  • Picnic area (level 0)
  • Post office (level 0)
  • Store for scientific books and toys (level 0)
  • Restaurants (level −2)