Located just outside the Cite de Sciences, the Argonaut is a former hunter-killer submarine and flagship of a French squadron, now open to the public. In its heyday it traveled 10 times around the world, spent 2,000 days at sea and over 32,000 hours underwater before it was decommissioned in 1982. Visitors can examine the instruments and quarters of this 400-ton beast.
Arts et Métiers, Musée des
The Musée des Arts et Métiers is dedicated to the history of machinery and tools. The brainchild of Father Grégoire, this museum today displays in excess of 3,000 inventions from different times. These inventions are been displayed in 7 categories, the most famous exhibit being the original version of the Foucault pendulum.
Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie - La Villette
Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie - La Villette is among the most visited and largest science museums in the world. It organizes much talked about exhibitions regularly, and is a hot favorite among both tourists and the residents in this city. Travel through the human body, fly an airline, step inside a camera, visit the planetarium, and enter a war submarine... There is a very good playground for kids as well.
Not just an exhibition center, the Grand Palais is a beautiful structure, originally constructed as part of the Universal Exposition of 1900, and ever since it has been a site for many types of shows. Ornately decorated with stone facades in the Beaux-Arts style of architecture, nowadays it continues to be closely associated with key artistic movements, automobile and aviation breakthroughs, media and fashion. The building comprises of the Galeries nationales du Grand Palais and a science museum, the Palais de la Découverte.
The Curie Museum is on the ground floor of the Curie Pavilion, in one of the oldest buildings of the Curie Institute. This laboratory, erected a few streets away from the “shed” where Pierre and Marie Curie discovered polonium and radium in 1898, was specially built for Marie Curie by the University of Paris and the Institut Pasteur between 1911 and 1914. Here she pursued her work for nigh on twenty years, and here too her daughter and son-in-law discovered artificial radioactivity, for which they received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1935. (source: wikipedia.org)