A small “City of Science” at the Cote d’Azur Observatory

Nice now has “its own Cite des Sciences”. a university indeed, but which, for Christian Estrosi, “Allows us to confirm that we are a great city of science and discovery”. The Mayor of Nice recently inaugurated the new museum space at the Cte ​​d’Azur Observatory.

A joint investment by local authorities and the state as well as the university has made it possible to re-create a place steeped in history: the large dome built by architects Garnier and Gustave Eiffel, with one dating back 140 years. The world’s largest astronomical glasses.

The optical machine on the hill of Mont Gros still operates, even if supertelescopes from Chile or Nevada have technically complemented it to some extent. Nevertheless, the observatory remains a laboratory at the cutting edge of research. A place of innovation where some of the greatest scientists of the planet are concentrated.

It is, from now on, also an educational and playful place that caters to those who want “A Window on Astronomy and Astrophysics”, underlines the director of the observatory, Stefan Mezvet. All the more useful to Rector Philippe Dulbecco, representative for higher education, the crisis we are going through “Remind us of the importance of scientific culture to fight information disorder” In our “Education in Understanding”.

a journey through time and space

This project was launched about 5 years ago. The health crisis delayed the opening of this museum location. It is now operational from May. And some 4,000 visitors have already been there, mainly children from Nice schools and municipal leisure centres. But university can also be searched with family (read opposite).

With a scientific moderator, visitors will be able to explore the various places available to them. A heritage site that reflects the history of the site and the people who designed it or worked there. From Gustave Eiffel, to Baron Bischofsheim, through Perrotin and of course the architect Garnier. We discover a collection of vintage tools that replicate the development of science and technology.

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An immersive location takes you to explore notions of the scale of the universe, time and space, over the course of a short 360° film. Visitors can test their knowledge of the Solar System and life on Earth around a large tactile tablet. To find stardust, the projection above your head, through a projection, provides a more reflective space that extends from rest.

But because physics and metaphysics are so closely intertwined, visitors are invited to approach other disciplines such as philosophy, art, history, or even archaeology…

A great trip that should not be missed.

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