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LES MACHINES DE L’ÎLE

See the opening conditions of the different services on the website: https://www.lesmachines-nantes.fr/

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.

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


© Franck Tomps




OPENING HOURS
Until August 23rd, 7 days a week from 10am to 8pm.
From 24th to 30th August from 10am to 7pm.
From 1st to 30th September from Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm,
Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm.
Last access an hour before.

DIGITAL COVID CERTIFICATE
Starting on July 21st, a EU Digital covid certificate will be required to access cultural venues for visitors 18 and up. Then, as of August 30th, from 12 and up. A valid proof of health in certificate form with your name on it, as well as proof of identity, will have to be presented. For visitors wishing to visit the Château des ducs de Bretagne and/or the Machines de l'Île on the same day, a dated wristband can be offered in order to present simply the health pass only once upon entering these sites. For more information on acceptable documents, please visit: www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus/pass-sanitaire
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.
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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 (Service 0,05€/min + prix d'appel)
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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.




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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

From October 30 and until December 1, France applies containment measures throughout the metropolitan territory. Travel and leisure travel are not permitted.


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