5 Avenue Albert De Mun
(Entrance in the Jardins du Trocadéro)
75016 Paris, France
Leave it to a collaboration between the French and the Japanese to come up with something as unexpected as Cinéaqua, a brand new movieuseum that combines shark tanks, fish tanks, and touch tanks with cutting edge behind-the-scenes displays about the world of cinema. Feature films for kids are shown throughout the day and there are workshops and hands-on exhibits about voiceovers, costume design, and special effects. What do movies have to do with aquatic life? We're still not sure there's any connection but kids love it, it's by far the best aquarium in Paris, and this museum is definitely one of a kind!
Babies: There's a nice changing table in a separate nook convenient for both moms and dads to use.
Toddlers & Pre-K: Don't miss the touch tank in the middle of the museum.
Pre-Teens & Teens: They will like the special effects workshops that show how movie makers mimick blood and gore.
- Leave your stuff. There's a free coat check right at the entrance.
- Check the film schedule. It's on-line and the films are usually animation geared toward younger audiences which means that even if you don't speak French your kids will enjoy them.
- The entrance is a bit hard to find. This museum is underground, down a flight of wide stairs, and the entrance is in a partially enclosed courtyard around the back of where the signs are. Keep looking. You'll get there.
- Bring a change of clothes. If you're visiting this museum with anyone younger than 5, bring dry clothes as the touch tank can get splashy.
Just the Facts
Hours: Open daily 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Last ticket sold at 6 p.m.
Recommended Time: 2 - 4 hours