Palais de la découverte

Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt - 75008 Paris

Champs-Élysées - 8e Arrondissement

Ticket valid the day of your choice before 01/09/2020


What's on?

COVID19: the Palais de la découverte reopens on June 23, 2020.

From August 30, 2020 (until 2024), the Palais de la Découverte moves to Parc André Citroën (15th arrondissement) in an temporary structure designed by the architectural workshop Construire.


The Palais de la découverte, part of Universcience, presents fundamental and contemporary science in a dynamic way in the form of interactive experiments explained by scientists.
Discover astronomy in the 'Planetarium', biology, chemistry, maths, physics, earth sciences, the 'Salle d'Electrostatique' (Electrostatic Room), and a room devoted to the sun and planets.
Two new permanent spaces: the 'Salle Lumière' (Light Room) where you can learn more about the chemistry, biology and physics behind this topic, and the 'Espace Hydrogène' (Hydrogen Area) which is devoted to the applications and issues with this form of energy!
The 'Salle d'Acoustique' (Acoustics Room) offers a series of experiments and demonstrations investigating the phenomenon of sound: the movement and speed of sound, the structure of simple and complex sounds (organ pipes), harmonic analysis and synthesis, interference and diffraction, the Doppler effect, beats and resonance.
Gene workshops: educational and cultural space devoted to genetics and DNA.

Architectural style

  • Monumental


  • Astronomie
  • Chimie
  • Géologie
  • Sciences

Epoque des collections

  • Néoclassicisme (XVIIIe - XIXe)
  • Romantisme (XVIIIe - XIXe)
  • Réalisme (XIXe)
  • Impressionnisme (XIXe)
  • Symbolisme (XIXe)
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Services and facilities of the establishment

  • Educational activities
  • Gift shop
  • Member of the Paris Museum Pass
  • Coach park
  • Restaurant

Educational activities

Tel. : +33 (0) 1 56 43 20 25. For information,


Café du Palais: Tuesday to Saturday, 9.30am to 5pm ; Sundays and public holidays: 10am to 6pm

Coach park

Drop off point at Avenue Franklin Roosevelt. Parking available at Cours la Reine.

Entrance fees and modalities

Independent tour

Museum : €9 / €7 (concessions). Planétarium: extra €3.

Group tour

Booking required: +33 (0)1 56 43 20 25


Job seekers and those receiving French state benefits

Free for young people and children

Under 3 years

Methods of payment

  • CB/Visa
  • Eurocard/Mastercard
  • Amex
  • Chèque Vacances

Closing times


Exceptional closure

From 30 August 2020 (until 2024), the Palais de la Découverte is moving to the Parc André Citroen (15th Arrondissement) in a temporary building designed by the architectural studio Construire

Opening times

Until August 30, 2020 inclusive: Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30 am-6pm; Sundays and holidays, 10 am-7pm. July 14: closed in the morning.

Exceptional opening

  • Easter
  • Ascension Day
  • 8 May
  • Whitsuntide
  • 14 July
  • 15 August
  • 1 November
  • 11 November

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Palais de la découverte

Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt
75008 Paris

  • Subway - Champs-Élysées - Clemenceau
  • RER - Invalides
  • Bus - 28, 42, 52, 63, 72, 73, 80, 93

Offer adapted to disabled visitors

  • Hearing Hearing
  • Mental Mental
  • Physical Physical
  • Visual Visual

Access facilities

  • Adapted activities and visits
  • Loan of wheelchairs
  • Free admission for disabled visitors on presentation of proof
  • Free admission for the accompanying person

Accessibility information

Physical disability:

-For wheelchair users, the entrance is a small slope through gate B (3 rue du Général Eisenhower)
-Notify staff of your visit by calling +33 (0)1 40 74 60 70. Let them know when you arrive, and a receptionist will accompany you to the main hall.
-The entire palace is wheelchair accessible except for the mathematics balcony
-Wheelchair accessible parking spaces available near gate B (3 rue du Général Eisenhower).
-The museum lift can only be used with the help of a receptionist.
-Adapted bathroom facilities on the Rotunda (close to the cafeteria), transfer bar on the left, 70 cm usable space, toilet paper located on the back wall at the same height as the usage space.

Visual Impairment:

-Special attention paid to accessibility on temporary exhibitions (maneuvering, objects to touch, braille labels)
-The “Earth and Life, a Scientific Investigation” trail includes labels in braille.
-The Earthquakes and Volcanoes section includes a large world map that allows visitors to feel the topography of the world’s continents and underwater plates.
-Visitors can touch different rock types, including volcanic rocks. Several changes to suit the visually impaired, including text in braille to help understand continental drift, volcanic and seismic phenomena.
-Some talks adapted for blind and visually impaired visitors (reservation required).

Hearing impairment:

-Guided tours and talks in French Sign Language (LSF), subtitled displays (programme available on the Palais de la Découverte website)
-Audiovisuals partially subtitled, depending on the exhibit’s development.
-Planetarium equipped with magnetic induction loop for hearing aids.
-Talks and workshops in French Sign Language (LSF) are organized regularly.
-Sign language spoken by museum staff.
-Information available on paper (maps, booklets) for some exhibits.

Mental disability:

-Several rooms and exhibits are specially adapted for people with mental disabilities.
-A counsellor can help you design a visit route adapted to your needs.

Contact us for more information: / 01 40 74 80 70

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