Not sure what to do this weekend in Toulouse ? This article recommends a fun visit to two great science museums.
Aeroscopia Museum :
Located in Blagnac, just outside of Toulouse, Aeroscopia is a French aeronautical museum. It opened on 14 January 2015 and welcomes around 218,000 visitors per year. The aviation museum is known for housing two examples of the Concorde as well as 25 aircraft and 34 models.
Most of the aircraft on display are on loan from the Ailes Anciennes Toulouse association and the Académie de l’Air et de l’Espace (ANAE). It is true that it is fortunate that the museum is located near the European capital of aerospace, as this facilitates exchanges. Moreover, the number of loaned devices is important and they are located both in the building and outside, enriching the visit on the site.
You can find inside :
Concorde, F-WTSB, MSN201 (ANAE), being the means of transport of several presidents of the French Republic.
Airbus A300B4-203, F-WUAB, MSN238 (Airbus Heritage), whose interior is accessible to the visitor.
Super Guppy of the Ailes Anciennes Toulouse association, which was used to transport Airbus sections.
If you want to visit this museum, book here. It is open every day of the year from 9.30am to 6pm and until 7pm during school holidays. Tickets are €11.50 and €9.50 for the reduced rate. For children under 6 years old, admission is free! If you are interested in visiting the Airbus factories, you can buy a combined ticket for €23.
The Cité de l’espace :
Located in Toulouse itself, the Cité de l’espace is a scientific culture center whose field of exhibition is space and the conquest of space. This museum is devoted to both astronomy and astronautics. It was inaugurated in June 1997. This park is very popular and welcomes about 323,100 visitors per year. So if you want to learn more about space, this is the place for you!
Between the life-size replica of the Ariane 5 rocket, the Soyuz spacecraft and the ERS earth observation satellite, the Space City is sure to impress. These incredible exhibits are each more amazing than the last. And you can also visit the observation dome called the Astronomy Dome.
Want to learn while having fun ? There are several fun rooms and activities available. You can take a quiz about our planet, watch films on a 600 m2 hemispheric screen and a 300-seat IMAX cinema, go to the control room to prepare for the launch of a rocket and then watch it take off and fly. There are also entertainment rooms for the younger ones and several seminar rooms.
All these activities are waiting for you to discover, so book quickly here. The museum is open every day between 10am and 6pm but please note that opening times often vary.