MENU
BACK
Le Voyage à Nantes
Nantes.Tourisme
Estuaire
Les Tables de Nantes
Les Machines de l’île
Château des ducs de Bretagne
Mémorial de l’abolition de l’esclavage

PARC DES CHANTIERS
Les Machines et l'Éléphant
LES MACHINES DE L’ÎLE

A bestiary of gigantic, living machines now escape from the Naves of Nantes’ former shipyards. This surprising space was dreamt up by François Delarozière and his theatre company, La Machine, which has set up its workshop here, as well as Pierre Orefice, co-creator of Les Machines de l’île.

A bestiary of gigantic, living machines now escape from the Naves of Nantes’ former shipyards. This surprising space was dreamt up by François Delarozière and his theatre company, La Machine, which has set up its workshop here, as well as Pierre Orefice, co-creator of Les Machines de l’île.

All aboard for an amazing voyage on the back of a 12-metre (40-foot) tall elephant! This example of architecture in movement is four storeys tall, and can hold up to forty-nine passengers. It travels through the abovesaid Naves and offers a stunning view of the Loire River. But, beware of its trunk, or you might get soaked!

In the Galerie des Machines, a new universe comes to life: that of the Arbre aux Hérons (“Heron Tree”). An 8-metre (26-foot) tall heron flies over the large model of this ambitious project, where real vegetation grows alongside the mechanical plants and animals underneath the canopy.

 New for 2016: 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.


Les Machines de l’Île has received financial support from Crédit Mutuel, offical partner, and from Ardissa and Harmonie Mutuelle, associated partner.


© Franck Tomps


OPENING HOURS
Open from 01/09/2016 to 19/10/2016
From 10:00 to 17:00 (on tuesdays, wednesdays, thursdays, fridays)
From 10:00 to 18:00 (on saturdays, sundays)
Open from 20/10/2016 to 02/11/2016
From 10:00 to 18:00 everyday
Open from 03/11/2016 to 16/12/2016
From 14:00 to 17:00 (on tuesdays, wednesdays, thursdays, fridays)
From 14:00 to 18:00 (on saturdays, sundays)
Open from 17/12/2016 to 31/12/2016
From 14:00 to 18:00 everyday
Click here to know the details about opening hours
PRICES
Admission: elephant ride or Galerie: €5.50 – €8,50 (family pass offered)

Pass Nantes: free access to the Galerie des Machines and the workshop and discount entrance fee to the Carrousel des Mondes Marins (or the opposite).
Please note: the Pass does not include a ride on the Grand Éléphant.
Book your PASS NANTES
DIRECTIONS
Les Machines de l'île
2 Boulevard Léon Bureau
44200 Nantes
Tramway, line 1. Chantiers Navals stop.
CONTACT
Tél. 08 10 12 12 25
Site internet
FOOD
Le Café de la Branche
In a warm atmosphere, come and relax on the outdoor patio of the Branch. Whether it’s for lunch or just coffee, let our original menu tickle your tastebuds while you watch the Grand Éléphant gently take its daily stroll! The Café de La Branche invites you with its daily menus from Tuesday to Friday, serving sandwiches on weekends, in summer (July and August) and during the Christmas Holidays.
BOUTIQUES
Located under the prototype Branch of the Arbre aux Hérons, the gift shop offers a wide range of unique and original items, drawings and books, inspired by Les Machines de l’île.
A privileged space for passionate readers, our bookshop offers a various collection of books with themes like elephants, sea and nature conservation, architecture and sustainable development, the art of gardening, orchids and the machines used in theatre and film. For kids, the children’s section will give your little ones a taste for art books. In this lively setting, we offer many events all throughout the year, social gatherings and readings, related to the current book scene.


Retour haut de page