Discover the extraordinary machines in the halls of the former shipyards. New for 2022: The Butterfly Swarm!
A team of mad builders have set up their workshop in this warehouse : a performance area where each individual machine puts on a mini-show.
Jules Verne himself would have imagined a 12m high elephant going for a stroll along his hometown’s quaysides! Board this strange beast and see all the machines in the hangars of the former shipyards. An imposing 8m heron carries passengers and flies. Vegetation rubs up against mechanical plants and animals from the tree top canopy. You could be invited to take control of animals and admire the flight of the heron. Sketches of the machine in use as well as covering the whole creative design process are on display in this Gallery-Laboratory. Since 2014 the Giant Ant has been scurrying across the gallery. The four passengers it carries can control its legs, head and mandibles.
Les Machines de l'Île, Boulevard Léon Bureau, Nantes
How to get there?
Free for PASS Nantes holders
Book PASS Nantes
For Pass Nantes card holders : free access to the Machines Gallery OR to the Carrousel. Ride on the Great Elephant not included in the Pass Nantes.
Full price: 8.50 € - Reduced price: 6.90 € (Disabled persons, 4-17 years old, students, job seekers with proof of the current year)
Free access for children under 4 years old and people accompanying disabled people.
Each ticket gives access to the terraces of the Atelier de la Machine and to the prototype branch of the Heron Tree.
100% accessible location
No access to strollers – Stroller park on the spot (if possible bring a baby carrier)
All the rooms of the Galerie des Machines are accessible, building on one level. Loan of folding seats and a wheelchair possible on request.
Tactile discovery of models in free access.
Mediation sound system. Information panels concerning the various projects.
An application allows you to download an audio and text guide for visit assistance.
To the rhythms of the interventions of the machinists, the story and the functioning of the strange creatures of the Gallery and the imaginary world of the Heron Tree are told to you.
Downloadable remotely, the application gives access to content only near the Gallery. The choice of language, FR // ENG // SPA // GER // ITAL is done automatically according to the settings of the device.
A mediation video in French Sign Language, subtitled in French, with voiceover is available online :
The giftshop-bookstore presents a wide range of unique and original objects, drawings and works, inspired by the Machines de l’île.
Contact: +33 (0)2 51 17 48 87
The Café de la Branche welcomes you with its daily menus from Tuesday to Friday, and offers its sandwiches on weekends, in summer (July-August) and during the Christmas holidays.
Contact: +33 (0)2 51 17 48 86