While visiting the Grand Palais, you should pre plan your tour in such a manner that you spare considerable time for the Palais de la Découverte. Though there are many other things of interest that can be found in the neighborhood, there are certain things that set this museum apart from the others.
The 1926 Noble Price winning physicist set up this science museum in the year 1937. It was taken over by the government in the following year with the decision of converting the facility to a new museum. The current museum, that occupies the west portion of the Grand Palais, occupies a vast space of 25,000 square meters.
This museum is a must visit for those who are interested in science and related fields. The Palais de la Découverte boasts of a huge collection of exhibits that are related to the field of biology, geology, chemistry, astronomy, physics, and mathematics. Reputed lecturers give commentaries on interactive experiments from time to time.
Those who are interested in the field of astronomy will find an added delight in this museum in the shape of a Zeiss planetarium that boasts of a fifteen-meter dome. Permanent exhibits include `The Space Odyssey of Ariane V,’ `Questions of Atmosphere,’ `Animal Communication,’ and many more.