Paris Science school tour

A school science tour to Paris has a wide variety of possible excursions to compliment any sightseeing the group may want to do. The 'Universcience' group of museums are all excellent with the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie being the biggest science museum in Europe.

A school science tour to Paris will educate, inform and inspire

Whilst Paris is most regularly recognised for its arts, as an ancient capital and seat of high learning for millenia, it has a rich and diverse scientific history. From Rene Descartes to Louis Pasteur, the city has seen scientific giants make discoveries that have changed the course of human history.

Today, there is a wonderful variety of museums and attractions focusing on scientific endeavour both past and present, from the 'Museum of Man' to the Cité des Sciences et de L’Industrie, whatever your school groups speciality or interest, there's relevant content in abundance.

 

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Overview

Day 1 - Depart UK – Arrive Paris – Eiffel Tower Musée de l'Homme

 

Day 2 - Cité des Sciences et de L’Industrie – Palais de la Découverte

 

Day 3 - Pasteur Museum – Jardin des Plantes – Free time

 

Day 4 -  Depart Paris – Arrive UK

 

Sample Excursions

Cité des Sciences et de L’Industrie

Cité des Sciences et de L’Industrie

Located in the Parc de la Villette, the Cité des Sciences et de L’Industrie is the biggest science museum in Europe. 

 

The goal of the Cité is to spread scientific and technical knowledge among the public, particularly for children in education, and to promote public interest in science, research and industry.


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Musée des arts et métiers

The Musée des arts et métiers is a museum of technological innovation and was founded in 1794 by Henri Grégoire as the Conservatoire national des arts et métiers, "a store of new and useful inventions," It was refurbished in 2000, and now exhibits over 2,400 inventions.

 

They are split into seven collections Scientific instruments, Materials, Energy, Mechanics, Construction, Communication and Transport.


Experimernts at the Palais de la Découverte

Palais de la Découverte

The Palais de la Découverte is part of the 'Universcience' group of museums along with the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, and was created in 1937 by Jean Baptiste Perrin (awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics,1926) during an international exhibition on "Arts and techniques in modern life". 

 

The museum contains permanent exhibits for mathematics, physics, astronomy, chemistry, geology, and biology, featuring interactive experiments with commentaries by lecturers. It includes a Zeiss planetarium with 15-metre dome.


Musée de l'Homme

Musée de l'Homme

Created at the same 1937 expo as the Palais de la Découverte, the Musée de l'Homme is an anthropology museum located in a stunning building at the Trocadero, opposite the Eiffel Tower.

The museums original purpose was to gather in a one place all that can define humanity: its evolution, its unity and its variety, and its cultural and social expression.


Pasteur Museum

Pasteur Museum

Dedicated to the life and work of one of the most important scientists of the 19th century, the Pasteur Museum is a wonderful insight into his work. 

 

Louis Pasteur was behind the most important scientific revolutions of the 19th century in the fields of biology, agriculture, medicine and hygiene. Beginning his research on crystallography, he soon embarked on a journey filled with discoveries which led him to develop the rabies vaccine.


Jardin des Plantes

Jardin des Plantes

Situated in the 5ème arrondissement, on the left bank of the river Seine and covering 28 hectares, the Jardin des Plantes is the main botanical garden in France and is one of seven departments of the Muséum national d'histoire naturelle.

 

The grounds include four galleries of the Muséum: the Grande Galerie de l'Évolution, the Mineralogy Museum, the Paleontology Museum and the Entomology Museum. In addition to the gardens there is also a small zoo, the Ménagerie du Jardin des plantes.

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