The Galerie is a living space showcasing a veritable bestiary of machines.

The machines built in the workshops of theatre company La Machine, are tested in this lab.

During your visit, the machinists will explain the history and workings of these strange creatures and breathe life into the imaginary world of the Arbre aux Hérons, major project of Les Machines de l’île.

A mechanical Spider joined the bestiary of the Heron Tree at the heart of the  Galerie des Machines. Sleeping in its nest, it is awakened by the machinists
who seat four people on its abdomen. It climbs up along its threads, and moves above the public.

High up in the rafters of the Galerie des Machines, you can see a heron with an 8 meter-long wingspan soaring gracefully. Then it’s Giant Ant’s turn to make his entrance. Here, real plants grow next to mechanical ones, creating a canopy for the animals… and, you might be invited to climb in and control one of them!

From the very first sketches to fully functioning machines, the entire creative process is on display in this Galerie/laboratory. It shows the construction of the Grand Éléphant, the Carrousel des Mondes Marins and the ongoing research being
done for the Arbre aux Hérons.

The European Flight Test Centre

This wind tunnel flight simulator used to test all the amazing flying machines is unique in the world. A machinist takes the control of a “flying flea”, put on its seat belt, helmet and goggles, and flies at speeds of more than 100 km/h.

Logo no strollerStroller park and baby carrier are available

Accessible to the people with reduced mobilityDogs not authorized except guide dogsExcept guide dogs


The mechanical Spider - © Jean-Dominique Billaud The Giant Ant in the Galerie des Machines -  © Jean-Dominique Billaud La Galerie des Machines - © Jean-Dominique Billaud La Galerie des Machines - © Jean-Dominique Billaud Chenille arpenteuse  - © Jean-Dominique Billaud La Galerie des Machines - © Jean-Dominique Billaud Taupe foreuse  - © Jean-Dominique Billaud Simulateur de vol  - © Jean-Dominique Billaud



From 5,50 € to 8,50 €

Each ticket gives access to the workshop terraces of the company La Machine and the Prototype Branch.

With the full rate Galarie ticket, 1,60 € discount at the Carrousel (with a 48 hours validity period).

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