Visit the Cité de l’espace in Toulouse: tickets, prices, opening hours

Cité de l'Espace, Toulouse

Do you dream of infinity and want to discover the mysterious world of the cosmos? Visit the Cité de l’espace in Toulouse! Find out all the practical information you need for your visit.

Climb aboard the Ariane rocket, walk on the Moon, discover the constellations and more. Why not make your childhood dreams come true with a visit to the Cité de l’espace? Since 1997, Toulouse has been sharing with the public the wonderful world of the Universe and the workings of our planet.

How do astronauts live in their weightless capsule? How did the cosmos come into being? What is the history of the conquest of space? How do we predict the weather? Our interactive exhibits and animations will help you discover the world of aerospace in an intelligent and entertaining way. A real playground for adults and children alike, the site is well worth a day’s visit.

In the evening, nocturnes are also on the program in summer to admire the sky and understand the organization of the universe. Not sure where to start? Here’s all the information you need to visit the Cité de l’espace in Toulouse!

History of the Cité de l’espace in Toulouse

The Cité de l’espace was born of Toulouse City Council’s desire to create a place where the public could discover the history, achievements and projects of man in space. In 1994, the municipality and its partners entrusted Jean-Noël Plachez, former project manager for the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, with the design and layout of the museum.

At the same time, it purchased the land required for its construction. On June 28, 1997, the Cité de l’espace was inaugurated. Since then, numerous developments have taken place, including the deployment of a full-scale replica of the Mir space station in 1998, and the creation of a permanent exhibition hall dedicated to the planet Mars in 2002.

Its efforts to improve accessibility were rewarded in October 2003, when it was awarded the « Tourisme et Handicap » label. In 2006, a children’s area was added, and in 2013, the museum acquired a Martian meteorite. In its more than 20 years of existence, almost 5 million visitors have passed through the doors of this center for scientific culture.

What to see and do at the Cité de l’espace

Cité de l'espace, Toulouse

The Cité de l’espace offers a remarkable plunge into infinity. Nearly 2,500 m2 of interactive exhibits enable visitors to learn more about space, spaceflight, weather and our planet. Renowned for its scientific value, the Cité is also a fun place accessible to all.

Interior

Inside, strolling through the exhibition halls, adults and children are invited to discover celestial mechanics, remote communication, life in space and the exploration of the universe. The tour begins with a model of the first Sputnik artificial satellite, the first object sent beyond the atmosphere over 50 years ago.

Each zone gives rise to experiments:

  • Handling
  • Entering simulators to « walk on the Moon
  • Touching the Moonstone
  • See testimonial films

You’ll even find a branch of Météo France with a specialist on hand to answer your questions!

Exterior

Outside, 5 hectares of gardens feature life-size replicas of spacecraft. The 53-metre-high Ariane 5 rocket dominates the Cité de l’espace. Curious visitors can also climb aboard the Mir station or the Soyuz.

Perhaps you’ll also be tempted by the gyro-extreme, a ride that replicates the astronaut training system? You’ll soon lose your terrestrial bearings! A large telescope lets you admire the celestial vault.

Going further

An IMAX® cinema lets you experience the conquest of space immersed in the ISS international space station. Last but not least, the Planetarium invites children and adults alike on a fun-filled space voyage under a six-hundred-square-meter sky.

Children are offered a wide range of experiments to help them understand while having fun. Finding your bearings by looking at the stars, recognizing the planets, donning a spacesuit and sleeping standing up are just some of the activities dedicated to the little ones.

How to visit the Cité de l’espace in Toulouse?

Given the sheer size of the site, you’ll need at least a day to cover it all. To make sure your visit is a success, it’s best to check the schedule 48 hours in advance. Activities can’t be booked in advance – just turn up at the times indicated.

So you can make the most of your time. Take a guide map with you when you arrive. You can also consult it online or download it to plan your visit in advance.

It’s a good idea to start your visit with a session at the planetarium or IMAX cinema, so you can see things the other way round.

Tours with children

Do you have children with you? Here are the places dedicated to them:

  • The children’s base (in the gardens, access via the Ariane rocket)
  • The little astronauts’ square
  • Water rocket animation
  • The Stellarium and its two animated projections

Visits for people with disabilities

If you are accompanied by people with disabilities, here are some tips for your visit:

  • Follow the dotted paths
  • Read the recommendations in the Visiting comfort section of the guide map.
  • A wheelchair or folding seat is available at reception.
  • An audio-description system for theaters is available for the visually impaired, as well as a Braille presentation of the site.
  • A practical guide and a booklet in Braille and large print are provided for the site and gardens.
  • A script is available for films shown at the Imax, Planetarium and Stellarium for the hearing impaired.

How to get to the Cité de l’espace in Toulouse?

The site is located on avenue Jean Gonord, 31500 Toulouse.

By car

If you have a GPS, the geographical coordinates are: 43°35’12  » North latitude – 1°29’38  » East longitude.

From downtown Toulouse

Allow 15 minutes and follow the signs « Cité de l’espace – direction Castres ».

From the airport

It takes 25 minutes if you follow the signs. If you’re on the ring road, take exit 17.

Please note: Parking is free on site.

By bus

  • Line 37: « Cité de l’espace » stop

By metro

  • Line A: to Jolimont
  • Line B: to Ramonville

Then take bus line 37 to the « Cité de l’espace » stop.

Cité de l’espace opening hours & rates

SCHEDULES

The Cité de l’espace in Toulouse follows a precise schedule, which can be consulted on the website.

On opening days, the museum usually welcomes visitors from 10am to 6pm or 10am to 5pm. Ticket offices close 1 hour before the site closes.

RATES

The day ticket gives access to the gardens and exhibitions for one day.

Low season rates

  • Full price: €21.50
  • Reduced*: €18.50
  • Children/young people**: €16 (or €14.50 concessions*)

High-season rates (school vacations and May long weekends)

  • Full price: €24.50
  • Reduced*: €21.50
  • Children/young people**: €18 or (€16 concessions*)

Night rates (July-August)

  • Full price: €26
  • Reduced*: €23.50
  • Children/young people**: €19.50 (€18 concessions*)

Free for children under 5.

There are year-round passes, group rates and rates without fixed days. Visit the website.

*jobseekers, disabled people with proof of disability

**children aged5 to 18 inclusive and students with student card

Good to know

– Free parking

– A chargeable recharging point is available for up to two electric vehicles.

– Store open from 11 a.m. to site close. You can have your purchases stored for the duration of your visit.

– Several catering areas

– Cash dispenser

– Bag inspection at entrance

– Prohibited items on site: sharp objects, skateboards and roller skates, alcohol.

– No luggage storage or lockers