Les Machines de L'ile
Les Machines de L'ile
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
The Machines de l’Ile is an artistic and a tourist project. It is a blend of the invented worlds of Jules Verne, the mechanical universe of Leonardo da Vinci, and the industrial history of Nantes, on an exceptional site in the former shipyards. A ride on the 12-meter tall Great Elephant, climb aboard the Marine Worlds Carrousel of 27 moving sea creatures or the Heron Tree to fly over the hanging gardens.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Andrew R
    23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jules Verne' spirit lives in Les Machines de L'ile
    Les Machines de L'ile is brilliant, and it's hard to imagine a first time visit to Nantes missing it. We booked a timed ride on the elephant, and it's important to know that it makes a three stop tour around the grounds, and your ride is for one of those legs between the stops, We got on at the giant carousel, which lets you off next to the heron, then it travels around the back of and through the studio. From there it goes back to the carousel. I think the most interesting would be through the studio, but with needing to buy timed tickets, I'm not sure you can choose. Watching the elephant from a distance is probably more interesting than riding on it, though it gives you a great view of the hordes of kids running in front waiting to get sprayed by the elephant's trunk. I'd instead recommend getting your ticket for the carousel, whose fantastic creatures cannot be seen from outside. You can buy a ticket for admission only, to see the ride, or with a tour around on it as well. Any admission tickets gets you into the gallery as well. Due to long lines and a tired teenager, we skipped that.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 August 2023
  • Zoe D
    London, United Kingdom608 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Never seen anything like this. Impressive
    I saw this on trip advisor before we travelled and I must say I have never seen anything like it before. We didn’t manage to see everything due to having such a long day but I would recommend you make time for it. The elephant is fantastic. It sprays water as it walks around. You can also pay to sit on it. It was so funny getting wet when it sprayed us. The children loved it. The carousel is a must too. Very interesting things to go on. I am sure there is a lot more there so I would definitely go again. It was free of charge for the part we went into.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 August 2023
  • EboracumYork
    York, United Kingdom504 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do in Nantes - book ahead!
    A ride on the giant elephant is a must! Make sure you book in advance as gets sold out in peak season. Watching the elephants coming out of the building was amazing - then following to the carrousel to board. Well worth a trip into Les Machines de l'Île as well.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 August 2023
  • Evelyn J
    Beaufort, South Carolina3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Amazing, Unique Experience
    What an AMAZING, UNIQUE experience. This museum and the mechanical elephant are a MUST in Nantes. This is something you will not see anywhere else. Paris may be gorgeous, but Nantes has some incredibly unique offerings and this is one of them. Don't miss it.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 September 2023
  • mariedesjardins
    Prince George, Canada6,916 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very unique experience, gigantic mechanical creatures
    I ride the giant elephant and got soaked when the driver turned the trunk on the passengers. It was excellent though on the 30c+ day in September. After the ride, I enjoyed the gallery display of robotic creatures and the demo. The ticket for the gallery and canopy is separate from the elephant ride. It’s easy to reach by tram from the Nantes train station and visible along the river.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 28 January 2024
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Aslanda24
Ladornac162 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Great fun on a rainy afternoon. You have to reserve a time slot and then just join the current guided tour which visits all the exhibits in rotation. The elephant is spectacular!
Written 6 May 2024
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Donna W
Manchester, UK44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Such an interesting and fascinating place. It really has something for everyone.

Nature and engineering in perfect harmony.
Written 27 April 2024
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mariedesjardins
Prince George, Canada6,916 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
I ride the giant elephant and got soaked when the driver turned the trunk on the passengers. It was excellent though on the 30c+ day in September. After the ride, I enjoyed the gallery display of robotic creatures and the demo. The ticket for the gallery and canopy is separate from the elephant ride. It’s easy to reach by tram from the Nantes train station and visible along the river.
Written 28 January 2024
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Silvia C
London, UK8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Interesting place for children and adults near the river and it is quite central. Recommended to buy the English explanation as they only talk in French
Written 4 November 2023
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StanBrynmawr
Brynmawr, UK643 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Visited during Rugby World Cup and main reason was Le Grand Elephant. Booked in advance online. Ride last about 30 minutes, slow but really fun. Well worth it.
Plenty to do in that area also.
Written 10 October 2023
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Rob S
Gold Coast, Australia1,220 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Brilliant, clever and creative, these steampunk style mechanical creatures made our imaginations soar.
Alas, the elephant was under repair, but the creation of these incredible machines is a treat not to be missed.
Written 21 September 2023
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GranZorro
Zug, Switzerland1,561 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Of the many attractions in Nantes, this has to be not only the most amazing but the most unique as well.
Working in a disused industrial complex, the inventors of these extraordinary machines - actually mechanized animals of all kinds - not only created a one-of-a-kind tourist attraction but also set in motion the revitalization of the entire Ile de Nantes, which had been a neglected area between two waterways right at the center of town.
Written 14 September 2023
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Rocky
United Kingdom28 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Very disappointing dont bother was expecting a knock out experience as was 2nd popular attraction to go to in Nantes.
Written 9 September 2023
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Evelyn J
Beaufort, SC3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
What an AMAZING, UNIQUE experience. This museum and the mechanical elephant are a MUST in Nantes. This is something you will not see anywhere else. Paris may be gorgeous, but Nantes has some incredibly unique offerings and this is one of them. Don't miss it.
Written 1 September 2023
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Callummck
London, UK146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
You really must visit when in Nantes! We booked the elephant ride a couple of weeks and advance and the slots do seem to book up - it’s well worth doing and great value for money. Our boys (6&3 loved it).

We also did the carousel on the day as a walk up. It was a little confusing to understand the ticketing online, but they explained it all really well at the gate. At first I thought it was a little expensive (essentially the same price as the elephant!) but it turned out to be a big hit and well worth it: every single carriage on the 3-Level carousel is different and does different things with the controls. They encourage you to watch each level in turn, before choosing which animal or item you want to ride on/in - each is unique and some looked incredible! The staff also do a great job at facilitating you being able to ride on the thing you want to, rather than it being a free for all. Highly recommend both- book the elephant in advance!
Written 31 August 2023
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