The Parc de la Villette is the third-largest park in Paris, 55.5 hectares in area, located at the northeastern edge of Paris (France) in the 19th arrondissement. The park houses one of the largest concentrations of cultural venues in Paris, including the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie (City of Science and Industry, Europe’s largest science museum), three major concert venues, and the prestigious Conservatoire de Paris.

Parc de la Villette is served by Paris Métro stations Corentin Cariou on Line 7 and Porte de Pantin on Line 5.

The park houses museums, concert halls, live performance stages, and theatres, as well as playgrounds for children, and thirty-five architectural follies. These include:

Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie (City of Science and Industry), the largest science museum in Europe; also home of Vill’Up, a shopping centre opened in November 2016 with the world largest indoor pulsed air free fall flight simulator of 14 m high and several cinemas (IMAX, 4DX and dynamic);

Cité de la musique (City of Music), a museum of historical musical instruments with a concert hall, also home of the Conservatoire de Paris;

Philharmonie de Paris, a new symphony hall with 2,400 seats for orchestral works, jazz, and world music designed by Jean Nouvel, opened since January 2015;

Le Zénith, a concert arena with 6,300 seats for rock and pop music;

Cabaret Sauvage, a flexible small concert stage with 600 to 1,200 seats, designed by Méziane Azaïche in 1997;

Le Trabendo, a contemporary venue for pop, rock, folk music, and jazz with 700 seats;

Théâtre Paris-Villette, a small actors’ theatre and acting workshop with 211 seats;

Le Hall de la Chanson (at Pavillon du Charolais), theatre dedicated to French song with 140 seats;

WIP Villette, “Work In Progress–Maison de la Villette,” a space dedicated to Hip-Hop culture, social theatre, art work initiatives, and cultural democracy;

Espace Chapiteaux, a 4,200 square metres (45,000 sq ft) permanent space under a tent for contemporary circus, resident and touring companies perform;

Pavillon Paul-Delouvrier, a chic contemporary event space for conferences, workshops, and social events designed by Oscar Tusquets;

The Parc de la Villette boasts activities that engage all people of all ages and cultural backgrounds. The park is a contemporary melting pot of cultural expression where local artists and musicians produce exhibits and performances. On the periphery of the park lies the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, the largest science museum in Europe.

There are a convention center and an I-MAX theatre. The park acts as a connection between these exterior functions. Concerts are scheduled year-round, hosting local and mainstream musicians. Dividing the park is the Canal de l’Ourcq, which has boat tours that transport visitors around the park and to other sites in Paris. Festivals are common in the park along with artist conventions and shows by performers.

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