Parc de la Villette

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PARC DE LA VILLETTE

The Parc de la Villette is the third-largest park in Paris, 55.5 hectares in area, located at the northeastern edge of the city in the 19th arrondissement. The park houses one of the largest concentration of cultural venues in Paris, including City of Science and Industry, Europe’s largest science museum, three major concert venues, and the prestigious Conservatoire de Paris.

 

 

Places To Discover –

GARDENS:

The Parc de la Villette has a collection of ten themed gardens that attract a large amount of the park’s visitors. Each garden is created with a different representation of architectural deconstructionism and tries to create space through playfully sculptural and clever means. While some of the gardens are minimalist in design, others are clearly constructed with children in mind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Garden of the Dragon is home to a large sculptural steel dragon that has an 80 ft slide for children to play on. Bamboo Garden at the Parc de la Villette was designed by Alexandre Chemetoff, winner of the Grand Prix de l’urbanisme (2000).

 

Trellis Garden designed by Gilles Vexlard and Laurence Vacherot. Vines and creepers are going along a roof trellis and 90 small fountains designed so that you only really hear the murmur of them in between the grape vines.

 

 

 

CITY OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY:

You can discover the largest science museum in Europe; also home of Vill’Up, a shopping centre opened in November 2016 with the world largest indoor pulsed air free fall flight simulator of 14 m high and several cinemas (IMAX, 4DX and dynamic). About five million people visit the Cité each year. Attractions include a planetarium, a submarine an IMAX theatre (La Géode) and special areas for children and teenagers.

 

LA GEODE:

La Géode is a mirror-finished geodesic dome that holds an Omnimax theatre in Parc de la Villette at the City of Science and Industry. La Géode was designed by architect Adrien Fainsilber and engineer Gérard Chamayou. The geodesic dome is 36 metres (118 ft) in diameter, composed of 6,433 polished stainless steel equilateral triangles that form the sphere that reflects the sky.

 

 

PHILHARMONIE DE PARIS:

The Philharmonie de Paris is a cultural institution in the Parc de la Villette, France which combine spaces all dedicated to music. It is composed of concert halls, exhibition spaces, rehearsal rooms, educational services, restaurant and bars.

 

 

 

The main buildings are all located in the Parc de la Villette at the northeastern edge of Paris in the 19th arrondissement. At the core of this set of spaces is the symphonic concert hall of 2,400 seats designed by Jean Nouvel and opened in January 2015.

 

 

 

FOLLIES:

The most iconic pieces of the park, the follies act as architectural representations of deconstruction. In architecture, a folly is a building constructed primarily for decoration, but either suggesting by its appearance some other purpose, or merely so extravagant that it transcends the normal range of garden ornaments or other class of building to which it belongs. Thirty-five follies are placed on a grid and offer a distinct organization to the park.

 

THE ARGONAUTE:

You can explore a 50 m long decommissioned military submarine in this park. Argonaute (S636) is an Aréthuse-class submarine, and the fourth ship of the French Navy to bear the name. Launched on 23 October 1958, she served as flagship within the Toulon submarine squadron, and spent over 2,000 days at sea and over 32,000 hours underwater. She was decommissioned on 31 July 1982.

 

 

THE ZENITH:

Zénith Paris is a multi-purpose indoor arena with around 6,300 seats for rock and pop music. It is located in the Parc de la Villette in the 19th arrondissement on the edge of the Canal de l’Ourcq. Its ability to seat makes it one of the largest venues in Paris.

 

 

 

Opening Times:

The Parc de la Villette is open and accessible to all. It is forbidden to remain on site between 1 am and 6am unless an exception has been granted.
The seasonal gardens are open to the public from 3pm to 7 pm on weekends between May and September. They are open from October to March by appointment.

The wind and dune gardens is open from 10am to 8pm daily between April and October, and between 1November and 31 March on Wednesdays, weekends, public holidays and school holidays.

Tickets and Price:

  • All tickets are 10, 15 or 20€ (excluding special events like Jazz à La Villette, Pitchfork…)
  • Priority access to the ticket office and the best numbered seats
  • The freedom all season long to add any events at ardholders rates
  • Workshops at discount rates – 8€ instead of 11€ for all Ateliers Villette
  • Specially negotiated monthly deals just for you with our cultural partners.
  • 5% discount on bookstore purchases at theLibrairie du Parc-Actes Sud, in the Grande Halle
  • Free folding chairs at outdoor film screenings – save 7€ per screening at our Open Air Cinema
  • Access to exclusive content on our NFC terminals

REDUCED RATE

The reduced rate is accessible at the counter, by phone or online via our form. This rate is reserved for:

  • Jobseekers
  • Students
  • Disabled visitors
  • Groups of 10 or more people (with a booking)
  • French Ministry of Culture cardholders
  • Cezam cardholders
  • Members and subscribers of ourpermanent partners

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