Cité des sciences et de l'industrie | Exhibition

Once upon a Time… Science in Fairy Tales Member

from 03 October 2017 to 18 November 2018

30 avenue Corentin Cariou - 75019 Paris

La Villette - 19e Arrondissement

Il était une fois... la science dans les contes - Cité des sciences © DR


In this exhibition at the Cité des Sciences et de l’industrie, fairy tales are examined through the lens of science, and found to contain elements of physics, chemistry, mathematics, geology, biology and the social sciences. The entertaining, interactive displays provide genuine evidence of the science of fairy tales. They will appeal to young people and grown-ups alike. Visitors make their way through ten life-size ‘books’ relating well-known stories such as Three Little Pigs, The Adventures of Pinocchio, Little Red Riding Hood and Alice in Wonderland, and discover that they contain many fascinating fact-based details. Although it is aimed at kids aged 7 to 11, this is an entertaining and educational visit for the entire family.



Prices and times

tuesday - saturday : 10am-6pm / sunday : 10am-7pm

€ 9 - € 12

Methods of payment

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

Cité des sciences et de l'industrie

At the heart of the largest landscaped park in Paris, there is an original and spectacular place. You just have to step foot inside to explore the countless secrets of science, to multiply unusual experiences, to dive into the infinite possibilities of image...
At the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, curiosity brings children and adults to thousands of joys of discovery. The Cité des Enfants offers two exhibitions (2-7yrs and 5-12yrs) to learn whilst playing: you can build a house, play with water fountains and much more in the recently renovated Cité. Even parents will find it hard to leave!

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Cité des sciences et de l'industrie

30 avenue Corentin Cariou
75019 Paris

  • Subway - Porte de la Villette
  • RER - Pantin
  • Tram - Porte de la Villette - Cité des sciences et de l'industrie
  • Bus - 139, 150, 152

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
  • Priority admission

Accessibility information

- Physically disabled: 32 parking spaces reserved in the car park (max. vehicle height 1.80m), all the areas within the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie are adapted (exhibition areas, conference rooms, cinema theatres, restaurants and toilets).
- Sight impaired: ground surface indicators outside and inside, audio description and audioguide, relief diagrams, tactile images, braille texts.
- Hearing impaired: exhibitions with French Sign Language (LSF) films and French subtitles (sometimes also English and Spanish). LSF or international sign language interpreters, as well as tactile sign language (for the deaf-blind). Reception, cash desks, auditoriums, and conference rooms all equipped with hearing loops.
- Mentally disabled: some exhibitions are displayed in a simple and attractive way, interactive exhibitions with multi-sensory parts (models, audiovisual material, play-things, etc.).

All information available online at:

For more information:
- Physically disabled: +33 (0)1 40 05 70 86/
- Sight impaired: +33 (0)1 40 05 75 35 or 33 (0)1 40 05 79 54/
- Hearing impaired (sms-visiophone only): +33 (0)6 32 86 89 49 or +33 (0)6 80 65 04 18/
- Mentally disabled: +33 (0)1 40 05 70 86/
- Other disabilities: +33 (0)1 40 05 75 19

More details on accessibility

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  • For hearing disability For hearing disability
  • For mental disability For mental disability
  • For physical disability For physical disability
  • For visual disability For visual disability

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