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Sea World Merry-go-Round

Giant Crab, Reverse Propulsion Squid, Deep-Sea Lanternfish, the Manta Ray.

A genuine 360° theatre, nearly 25m high and 22m in diameter has been implanted on the banks of the Loire. Its 3-tier concrete lace design under a big top is decorated with pediments and guarded by 16 fishermen from every ocean in the world. You climb onto an incredible sculpture where you are spectator to strange and worrying sea creatures in a colossal 3-tiered cake. Witness the sea every which way, from the depths of the bottom, through the abysses, right up to the surface of the sea.



Closure for maintenance from 6th to 10th December, 2021 and from January to April, 8th, 2022


Click here to know the details about opening hours


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.
For more information on acceptable documents, please visit:


Click on the link below to get more information about the prices

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


Les Machines de l'Ile
Boulevard Léon Bureau
44200 Nantes
GPS: 47.206472-1.564297 Tramway line 1, stop "Chantiers Navals" or Chronobus C5, stop "Prairie au Duc"


No access to strollers - Stroller park on the spot (if possible bring a baby carrier)


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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