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Great Elephant

He lives in the central street of the Nefs. When the majestic animal goes out for its walk, it is like architecture in motion departing from a steel cathedral. The 49 passengers on board embark on an amazing journey on the Ile de Nantes. Each time the pachyderm goes out, it is a unique spectacle for everyone to enjoy.

When this majestic beast emerges from its steel cathedral, it is a moving piece of architecture that sets off for a walk. The passengers on board can see what makes the engine and moving feet tick. A machinist will welcome you on board, tell you about its life and set off its trumpeting. As part of the crew, this is an invite for timeless travel in the town of Jules Verne.



Closed for maintenance on September, 7th


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

Each ticket entitles you to visit the workshop terraces and the Prototype Branch of the Arbre aux Hérons.

Fermé le 1er mai


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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