On your marks, get set... go to Bordeaux to see Body & Sport!

The exhibition has just opened its doors, Saturday, December 11, at Cap Sciences, the science center of Bordeaux.

The exhibition will present most of the sports workshops initially presented in Paris: soccer, tennis, biathlon, etc.

It will be presented in Bordeaux until Sunday, September 4, 2022.

Special Effects! steals the scene of the Pôle Pixel in Villeurbanne

As part of the official programme of Villeurbanne, French Capital of Culture 2022, the Pôle Pixel is hosting the exhibition "Special effects, steal the scene!"

The exhibition inaugurates the opening of Studio 24 to the public. Studio 24 is an emblematic place of the Pôle PIXEL. From Kaamelott (series and film) to Insoupçonnable (series), via Ma vie de Courgette (animated film) and many others, many talents have passed through its doors.

With this exhibition, from 17 September 2021 to 27 March 2022, the Pôle PIXEL offers its visitors the opportunity to discover what goes on behind the scenes on a film set.

Our exhibitions on tour


With the end of lockdown, our traveling exhibitions can finally reconnect with their audiences:

Opening of Special Effects! at the Musée de la Civilisation in Quebec City


After several months of waiting, the Quebec version of the Special Effects exhibition finally opened to the public at the Musée de la Civilisation in Québec City on February 18th. Result of a fruitful collaboration between the Cité des sciences et de l'industrie and the Musée de la Civilisation, this exhibition showcases Canadian and Quebec talent that is known and recognized worldwide in the field of special effects.

The exhibition is on display in Québec City until April 25, 2021.

For the time being you can discover it in video by following this link.


Opening of Smallicieux in Lille


Inspired and designed by the teams of the Cité des enfants in Paris, Smallicieux, Lillenium's Cité des enfants, opened its doors on Tuesday, August 25, 2020.

Through all these activities, Smallicieux, Lillenium's Children's City, offers children a fun and intelligent introduction to scientific phenomena and, for the adults accompanying them, the pleasure of sharing a great moment of complicity!

Universcience was thus able to share its expertise in science museography adapted to children with Vicity, the designer of the mall. 


The exhibition Edged On presented at the Musée de l'Histoire du Fer of Nancy


The exhibition Edged On is on display at the Musée de l'Histoire du Fer in Nancy from 11 July to 7 March 2021. Born from the collaboration between Universcience and two European science centres, Heureka in Finland and the Pavilion of Knowledge in Portugal, it offers visitors a journey of challenge and audacity into the various risks of its existence, to better identify, confront and understand them.

Cats and Dogs in Bordeaux


The Cats and Dogs exhibition is hosted at Cap Sciences in Bordeaux since July 4, 2020 and until February 21, 2021. It is the first major exhibition on scientific, sociological and cultural knowledge about our four-legged domestic friends.

The Fire exhibition at the Espace des Sciences of Rennes


Our exhibition Fire has been on display at the Espace des Sciences in Rennes since 23 June, where it is sure to attract new visitors. This exhibition, produced in collaboration with the Paris Fire Brigade and recently presented at the Pont du Gard, explores the theme of this fascinating natural phenomenon and its control by man over 400,000 years of history.

Pasteur in Sao Paulo - Brazil


The Pasteur exhibition was inaugurated on February 6th at Sesc Interlagos in the presence of Bruno Maquart, President of Universcience.

The exhibition will be presented there until July 26th, 2020.


The Urban Mutations exhibition inaugurated in Singapore


After a fruitful collaboration in 2015 during the preparation of the exhibition in Paris, the Science Centre Singapore has just inaugurated its permanent exhibition Urban Mutations, based on the version presented in Paris. This inauguration took place in the presence of the French Ambassador to Singapore.

Cats & Dogs stops in Rennes


After Lisbon, "Cats & Dogs" continues its successful tour by stopping at the Espace des Sciences in Rennes (Brittany, France).

The exhibition will be on display until March 8, 2020.

Universcience at the ASTC Annual Conference


The ASTC Annual Conference was held in Toronto from September 20 to 24, 2019. This edition was in partnership with the Ontario Science Centre.

This year, Universcience teams were present in the exhibit hall to promote its offer to North American science centres. The teams also facilitated sessions presenting the institution's expertise.

"Cats and Dogs" continues its North American tour


The Cats and Dogs exhibition has been on display since September 22nd at the Telus World of Science in Vancouver (Canada) where it will remain until January 2020.


Cold at the SciPort in Busan (South Korea)

Since July 23, the exhibition Cold has for the first time been presented at the SciPort, Busan National Science Museum, in South Korea until November 3 in a 1,000 sq. m. space.

On the opening day, a report was filmed by Korean television, take a look!

"What's New in the Middle Ages?" on tour at the Tournus Abbey


After the Pont du Gard, the exhibition "What's New in the Middle Ages?" takes its summer quarters in the superb Abbey of Tournus.

Tournus Abbey is a former Benedictine monastery that celebrates its millennium this year. As part of the celebrations commemorating this millennium, the exhibition is on display until mid-September.

ECSITE 2019 in Copenhagen


The Ecsite 2019 conference has just closed its doors after 5 intense days of pre-conference and conference, from June 4 to 8, 2019.

Ecsite's participation figures this year broke records: 1190 participants from 59 different countries!

This year was quite new for Universcience's participation: our establishment was a gold sponsor in order to properly celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Ecsite network of which Universcience is a founding member, this gave the establishment great visibility throughout the conference. The stand in the colours of Cabanes et Corps & Sport was a great success throughout the conference.

A beautiful 30th anniversary!

The exhibition "Edged On" is in Martinique


After a successful presentation at the Bloomfield Science Center in Jerusalem, the exhibition crossed the Atlantic.

It is currently being presented at the Centre de Découverte des Sciences de la Terre located in Saint Pierre (Martinique, FWI), at the foot of Montagne Pelée, a beautiful venue for an exhibition dedicated to risk!

The exhibition will be on display until January 31, 2020.

The Voice at the Cité des télécoms


From 11 February 2019, Bretons will be able to visit the exhibition The Voice at the Cité des Télécoms. The exhibition is set up for two years in the superb Radôme park located in Pleumeur Bodou in the Côtes d'Armor (Brittany)

Cats and Dogs at the Virginia Aquarium Center


After a successful presentation at the Museum Valley in Kalamazoo, the exhibition continues its North American tour with a stop at the Virginia Aquarium Center until mid-September.

It will then fly to Vancouver where it will be presented at Science World.

After New York, Bon Appétit stops in Nice


After delighting more than 100,000 New Yorkers, it is now the turn of the people of Nice to discover the Bon Appétit exhibition, which is on display in the large glasshouses of the Phoenix Park in Nice until April 2019.

Cold at the Saline Royale of Arc et Senans

Following the success of the Cité des sciences et de l'industrie (more than 250,000 visitors), the exhibition will be presented from 23 November 2018 to 22 April 2019 at the Saline Royale d'Arc et Senans as part of the "C'est l'hiver à la Saline Royale" programme.

The exhibition What's New in the Middle Ages? presented at the Pont du Gard


What's new in the Middle Ages? continues to tour and settles until April 30, 2019 at the Pont du Gard. Enriched with objects discovered and collected by INRAP in the region during preventive excavations, the exhibition should delight visitors who will be able to discover unknown aspects of this period.

The exhibition has already delighted more than 210,000 visitors in France.

Effets Spéciaux begins its tour in Bordeaux


After attracting more than 400,000 visitors to Paris, the Special Effects exhibition begins its tour at Cap Sciences, Bordeaux.

It is presented there until June 2019.

How do you say Cats and Dogs in Portuguese? Cães e Gatos!


Our exhibition Cats and Dogs is inaugurated on October 4th 2018, world animals day, at Pavilion of Knowledge in Lisbon.

It will be presented until September 2019.


Darwin the original in Mendoza (Argentina)


To celebrate spring in the southern hemisphere, Tecnopolis Buenos Aires is travelling to Mendoza from September 20 to October 7, 2018 for an art, science and technology festival.

As part of his Argentinean itinerary, Darwin the original stops in Mendoza to be discovered by the public of the region. 

European Project CSRC – (Cyprus Science and Research Center)


The University of Cyprus responded to a call for proposals for Horizon 2020, the European Union’s newest research and innovation framework program. The objective of Horizon is to establish a center for research and scientific education in Nicosia. The center will facilitate interdisciplinary scientific research, education, responsible citizenship, and innovation, creating a teaching and learning environment for science and STEAM technology (Science – Technology- Engineering- Arts- Mathematics). 

Universcience joined a consortium of 15 partners from 6 European countries, bringing its expertise in cultural engineering, museology and business planning as part of a feasibility study. During the first year, Universcience has greatly enriched the CSRC project in terms of know-how, good mediation practices, exhibition concept design and consultation. The consultation covered a wide variety of topics, including the project’s economic model and the themes of expositions and scientific events that will be hosted by the center in the future. The center is scheduled to open in 2026.  

The consortium for the official launching of the Cyprus Science and Research Center met for the first time at the University of Cyprus, in Nicosia, from September 20-22, 2017. This led to three more meetings (in Naples, Paris, and Nicosia) and a seminar in museology led by Universcience, held on November 29, November 30, and December 1, 2017.

The closing meeting of Phase One of the project was held in Cyprus from June 14 to 16, 2018. Pursuing further collaboration, Universcience is preparing for Phase 2, which will consist of another EU Call for proposals by the Commission for Horizon 2020’s program “Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation.” The deadline for this submission is November 15, 2018.

The CSRC project is coordinated by the University of Cyprus (UCY).

To learn more about this project: http://cysrc.eu/index.php/en/  

To risk or not to risk at the Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem


As part of the France-Israel 2018 season, our exhibition "to risk or not to risk" is presented at the Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem from June 22 to December 10, 2018.

Entitled "On the edge", the exhibition was inaugurated by Bruno Maquart, President of Universcience, Maya Halévy, Director of the Bloomfield Science Museum in the presence of the French Ambassador to Israel, Mrs Hélène Le Gall.

Universcience teams in Geneva for Ecsite 2018


The annual Ecsite conference of European science centres opened on 7 June 2018 at the CICG in Geneva (Switzerland).

A 3-day program of conferences and workshops on the theme "Creative collisions" in which several Universcience members participate.

You can also meet the Universcience teams on the Business Bistro at booth n°15.

"Urban mutations, the city is ours" presented in Dunkerque


An adaptation of the exhibition "Urban mutations, the city is ours" retitled "The city is ours, urban becomings" is presented at the Halle aux Sucres in Dunkerque from 24 February to 16 June 2018, as part of a cycle dedicated to the city of tomorrow. 

The Bon appétit! exhibition presented at the New-York Hall of Science


The Bon appétit! exhibition makes its first touring trip to the United States. Inaugurated on Friday, February 16 at the New York Hall of Science, it will be open until May 13, 2018.

The exhibition explains how the digestive system works, brand marketing strategies, eating habits of other cultures and much more... So if you're in New York, what are you waiting for?

Darwin the original in Argentina


The exhibition "Darwin el original" was inaugurated on Wednesday 14 February at Tecnopolis, the science centre in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as part of the "Yo Soy Festival" which runs from 15 February to 3 March 2018. On this occasion, the Argentinean Minister of Culture welcomed the cooperation between Tecnopolis and Universcience and stressed the importance of presenting to the Argentinean public productions of Darwin's quality.

The exhibition should then tour the Argentine territory.

Universcience at IPS 2018 in Toulouse, France


Universcience teams are at the 2018 International Planetarium Symposium, which is being held for the first time in Toulouse, France, from July 1 to 5, 2018.

They present the offer related to the planetarium such as films but also the development of augmented reality glasses for the deaf and hard of hearing, as well as expertise in museology.


Inauguration of the exhibition Pasteur the experimenter


On Wednesday evening, December 13th, Bruno Maquart welcomed the President of the Republic, the Minister of Solidarity and Health and the Minister of Culture to the Palais de la découverte for the inauguration of Pasteur the experimenter.

The exhibition is presented at the Palais de la découverte until August 19th 2018.

Our exhibition Leonardo da Vinci in Lodz (Poland)


After a successful world tour in Munich, Sao Paulo, Brasilia and London (more than 720,000 visitors), the exhibition "Leonardo da Vinci, Projects, Drawings, Machines" is about to make its final tour at the EC1 centre in Lodz, Poland.

The exhibition was entitled in Polish:"Leonardo da Vinci - the energy of the mind".

The opening of the exhibition will take place on Friday 24 November in the presence of representatives of the Deutsches Museum, the Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Milan, Universcience as well as the ambassadors of France, Germany and Italy to Poland.

Universcience at SCWS 2017 in Tokyo


The Science Centres World Summit opened on 14 November at the Miraikan in Tokyo with the CEO Forum, attended by our President Bruno Maquart.

This will be followed by 3 days of conferences and workshops on the theme "Connecting the World for a Sustainable Future". 

Universcience will also be present on the Marketplace at stand n°15.

Launch of the Cyprus science and research center project


The consortium for the official launch of the Cyprus Science and Research Center project met for the first time at the University of Cyprus in Nicosia from 20 to 22 September 2017.

The purpose of this future center is to establish a center of excellence in research and science education to promote scientific research, education, responsible citizenship and innovation in the disciplines of science, Engineering, Mathematics and the Arts (STEAM).

Universcience brings its expertise to the consortium, which brings together 15 partners from 6 European countries and shares its experience on the design, equipment and operation of a science center in the framework of a feasibility study, of 12 months.

This project is funded by the European Union within the framework of the Horizon 2020 program for research and innovation, which aims to create centers of excellence in scientific research through cooperation between European research institutions and support for research activities transdisciplinary science.

To find out more about the project: http://cysrc.eu/index.php/en/


We are looking for partners for future exhibitions! Discover our upcoming traveling exhibition projects:


In four themes, the exhibition examines different aspects of humans’ mastery of fire:

  1. Taming and understanding fire, from prehistoric times to today. Fire also lives through myths and symbols and holds an important place in societies.
  2. Using fire: a tool that services humans and industries.
  3. Understanding fire: through chemistry, combustion physics, and forest fire ecology. Discovering the perspectives and stakes involved in current research.
  4. Defending oneself from fire: fire as a synonym for danger and destruction; tools to fight it; research for better prevention and protection.

Humanity’s relationship with fire has evolved throughout time and, to date, it still oscillates between fear and fascination. Fire evokes vitality and progress, but also danger and destruction.

Pasteur, the experimenter

Physics and chemistry, biology and microbiology, the agricultural industry, animal and human health… Louis Pasteur was part of the modernization movement during the Siècle des Merveilles (‘The Century of Wonders’). He discovered a microscopic world; he created new subjects for inquiry, experimental programs, and research methods.

Pasteur was a scholar and an innovator. An analysis of Pasteur’s character will help us understand how science should be practiced and why this scholar became the scientific equivalent of Victor Hugo, in France and abroad.

Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) is a historical hero whose international reputation is almost unparalleled for a French scholar. After Leonardo da Vinci and Charles Darwin, Universcience continues with its exhibition cycle dedicated to important scientific figures who have contributed to the cultural history of science and technology, helping visitors to understand the logic behind Pasteur’s discoveries, to appreciate the scope of his inventions.

Great success for “Cats and dogs” in Quebec!


The exhibition “Like cats and dogs” has just ended at the Musée de la Civilisation in Quebec after 14 months of operation.

The exhibition was a real success attracting no less than 540,000 visitors during this period!

Next stop: the Halifax Discovery Center, where visitors could discover it from January 2018.

The exhibition « Urban mutations, the city is ours! » in London!


The exhibition “Urban mutations, the City is Ours” was inaugurated at the Museum of London on July 18, 2017 in the presence of Mr. Bruno Maquart, President of Universcience, and his English counterpart Sharon Ament, Director of the Museum of London. 

The Museum of London houses the exhibition from July 14, 2017 to January 2, 2018 on a surface area of 700 m2. The travelling exhibition offers visitors the chance to glimpse the many transformations that our cities are experiencing today: globalization, demographics, new technology and relationship with the environment. These challenges to the urban ecosystem are drivers of change, initiatives and innovations that are industrial, political and citizen-based.

The “Microbiota” Project


The co-design team of the “Microbiota” exhibition - or the ”intesteam” - met for the second time in Paris, on 28 and 29 June, with Dorothée Vatinel, exhibition curator, and Nathalie Puzenat, museographer.

Together with the Finnish and Portuguese partners and the German authors Giulia and Jill Enders (for the book “Gut, the inside story of our body’s most under-rated organ”), the project was scrutinized by the whole team.

A period of digestion begins before the launch of the competition for design, scenography and graphics.

The group will meet again on 20 and 21 November.

News from ECSITE 2017


Bruno Maquart, President of Universcience, and Kannikar Wongthongsiri, Vice-President of the National Science Museum of Thailand, have signed an agreement of cooperation in the course of the Ecsite 2017 Conference in Portugal. This agreement marks the reinforcement of ties between the two science centers.

The participation from this August, from teams of scientific mediation at Universcience to the science festival in Thailand organized by the NSM, will be the first step of implementation of this mutual agreement, thanks to the support of the French Embassy in Thailand.

Tapio Koivu, President of Heureka, Rosalia Vargas, President of Ciencia Viva and Bruno Maquart, President of Universcience, have also took advantage from the conference to renew their excellent consortium experience, by signing an agreement of co-conception for the exhibition “Gut, The inside Story of Our Body’s Most Under-Rated Organ”. It will be launched in November 2018 at the Cite des Sciences et de l’Industrie.

Hong-Kong: a new children’s space


The Children’s Gallery was inaugurated at the Hong Kong Science Museum on April 5, 2017.

Present at the inauguration: Mr. Bruno MAQUART, President of universcience, Mr. Eric BERTI, Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, Ms Michelle LI Mei-sheung, JP, Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Ms Florence HUI Hiu Fai, SBS, JP, Under Secretary for Home Affairs.

This new space of 500m², adapted from the Cité des enfants (Paris), is the result of a very rich cooperation between Universcience and Hong Kong Science Museum teams. It is closely followed since the first exhibition presented in this museum was “Electricité” in 1999; then in 2004 the exhibition “Le Cheveu décode” was presented and the Palais de la Découverte hosted an exhibition produced by the Hong Kong Science Museum: Flowers in the Mirror.

Partnership between Universcience and Citta della Scienza


On the 4th of March, on the occasion of the inauguration of Corporea, the Citta della Scienza interactive museum devoted to the human body, Bruno Maquart, President of Universcience, and Vincenzo Lipardi, President of the Idis Foundation-Citta della Scienza, signed a letter of intent to engage both in the co-production of the FIRE exhibition.

This project is led by the Exhibitions Department of Universcience in close collaboration with the teams of the Città della Scienza.

The exhibition will be presented at the Cité des sciences from April 2018 to January 2019 and then in Napoli for a period of 6 months from March 2019.

See the website Citta della Scienza

"Engineering Earth" opened at Connecticut Science Center


First stop in North America for our exhibition Engineering Earth which opened at Connecticut Science Center in Hartford, USA, with the help of our partner Imagine Exhibitions.

From raw material to construction, from understanding matter to innovation, from tradition to ecobuilding, the exhibition allows visitors to observe and study the
constitution of raw earth.

The exhibition is presented until September 2017.