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Les Étincelles du Palais de la Découverte

Do you know Les Étincelles du Palais de la Découverte, in the 15th arrondissement of Paris? Discover an original alternative venue during the period of works carried out on the Grand Palais and the Palais de la Découverte, with a planetarium, photo exhibitions and more.  

The Palais de la Découverte, a national scientific and cultural museum, is an iconic Parisian venue dedicated to the popularisation of science. The Palais de la Découverte was born out of the desire for scientists themselves to show the widest possible audience what science can do in practice. It is an opportunity to discover “science in the making” with spectacular experiments and exhibitions that reflect scientific advances.


Currently closed for renovation, the Palais is continuing its activities during the works, with the Étincelles du Palais de la Découverte, its pop-up venue located in the 15th arrondissement of Paris. We are partners of this venue. On the menu: 770 square metres of exhibition area and experimentation await you.
In the three interpretation rooms, each hosting two scientific subjects (chemistry/geosciences, physics/IT, and maths/life sciences), around 20 presentations per day are made by scientific interpreters during the weekends and school holidays. It's a real opportunity for discussion, during which inquisitive youngsters can ask all their questions!


Regular visitors and newcomers alike can view the thematic and educational demonstrations that appeal to visitors both young and old. Here you can discover mathematical re-creations for fans of Pythagoras, see presentations on earthquakes for future volcanologists, observe ants in their terrarium if you are fascinated by the world of bugs, or plunge into the mysteries of the planet Mars.
In the fourth interpretation area, a 49-seat planetarium takes the visitor on a journey to the edge of the galaxy using a digital projector. Something to fill the minds of visitors even outside school term.


Modular and ecological areas
Because learning also comes from having fun, the outside of this pop-up facility has been designed to appeal to children. The different colours for each area, in yellow, blue or pink, are reminiscent of circus tents. Rooted in current environmental concerns, the teams behind Les Étincelles naturally chose to use material recovered from the Palais de la Découverte. Hence, the inside of the structures is made up of the museum’s former partitions and benches, and the furniture has also been moved to the temporary site, transferring the spirit of the Palais to these new walls.
An interlude before returning to a brand-new Palais de la Découverte in 2025.


For practical information: Les Étincelles du Palais de la Découverte, 186 rue Saint-Charles 75015 Paris.

To get there :

  • Métro metro symbole metro ligne 8  ( Balard and Lourmel stations) and metro symbole metro ligne 10   ( Javel - André Citroën station)
  • rer symbole rer ligne C  ( Pont du Garigliano and Javel stations)
  • Bus  routes 30, 42, 88, 169, 756 et 385
  • Tram line tram symbole tram ligne T3a  ( Pont du Garigliano station)

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