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A SCIENTIFIC CULTURE CENTRE

CITÉ DE L’ESPACE IS A SCIENTIFIC CULTURE CENTRE DEDICATED TO THE DISCOVERY OF SPACE AND ASTRONOMY FOR ALL AUDIENCES.

Considering that everything in space is “extra-ordinary” since it is very different from what we know on Earth, Cité de l’espace encourages the curiosity of its visitors through its enthusiastic approach to space activities and phenomena. By favouring participation, experience and immersion, it offers its audiences a lively, accessible and often sensory discovery of science and space culture.
Cité de l’Espace designs its exhibitions and events in close collaboration with French, European and international space agencies, laboratories, manufacturers and all the stakeholders in the space sector. It thus offers an approach to space and astronomy as close as possible to reality. A reality often as surprising as science fiction…

Through its permanent monitoring of space news, it allows its audiences to experience space missions and astronomical discoveries in real time.

Vue générale des jardins de la Cité de l'espace

General view of the gardens of Cité de l’Espace

CITÉ DE L’ESPACE’S THREE MISSIONS

  1. To introduce as many people as possible to all the dimensions of space culture.
  2. To enhance the region through its active contribution to local, regional, national and international tourism and cultural policies.
  3. To promote the space sector, particularly among younger generations and decision-makers.

A UNIQUE SITE IN EUROPE

Cité de l’Espace contributes to the cultural and tourist outreach of the Occitanie-Pyrénées-Méditerranée region and the city of Toulouse , European space capital.
Cité de l’espace, operated by SEMECCEL since its creation, is a facility of Toulouse Métropole , opened in 1997 on the initiative of Toulouse City Hall, with the support of the Occitanie Pyrénées-Méditerranée Region, its co-founders CNES, Airbus Defense and Space , Météo-France, the Ministry of National Education, joined by Thales Alenia Space , Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, Caisse d’Epargne de Midi-Pyrénées as well as: ESA, Canopé, TOULOUSE III Paul-Sabatier University, CNRS, OMP, IRAP, Safran and Onera .https://www.laregion.fr/

Cité de l'Espace has welcomed more than 7 million visitors since its creation.

SEMECCEL, a semi-public company operating cultural, educational and leisure centres, has also operated L’Envol des Pionniers since its opening in 2018.

L’Envol des Pionniers is a Toulouse heritage site where you can discover the birth of the great love story between Toulouse and aircraft, through the creation a century ago of Lignes Aériennes Latécoère which, a few years later, became L’Aeropostale.

Visuel L'Envol des Pionniers