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Galerie of the Machines de l'Île

Discover the extraordinary machines in the halls of the former shipyards. Nex for 2021: the chameleon.

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.




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Starting on July 21st, a EU Digital covid certificate will be required to access cultural venues for visitors 18 and up. Then, as of September 30th, from 12 and up.

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Full price: Full price: 8,50 €/ Discounted price: 6,90 € (disabled visitors/4-17 years old, students, unemployed please provide proof)8,50 € / Discounted price: 6,90 € (disabled visitors /4-17 years old, students, unemployed please provide proof)

For Pass Nantes card holders : free access to the Machines Gallery OR the Carrousel. Ride on the Great Elephant not included in the Pass Nantes.



Les Machines de l'Île
2 Boulevard Léon Bureau
44200 Nantes
Tramway line : 1 stop "Chantiers Navals" or Chronobus C5, stop "Prairie au Duc"


Stroller park on the spot (bring a baby carrier if possible)


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.

Contact : 02 51 17 48 86


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.

Contact : 02 51 17 48 87

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