THE GALERIE DES MACHINES
It houses a laboratory and a whole bestiary of machines.
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!
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, future project of the Machines de l’île.
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 Galerie is like a performance area where each individual machine puts on a mini-show.
new for 2016: the Spider
A mechanical Spider joins the bestiary of the Heron Tree at the heart of the Galerie des Machines. Sleeping in its hole, it is awakened by the machinists who seat four people on its abdomen. It climbs up along its threads, and moves in the Galerie.
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.
Stroller park and baby carrier are available
Except guide dogs