What to do on summer holidays in Toulouse?

Gather ideas for a summer vacation in Toulouse: open-air film screenings at the Envole des Pioneers, thematic workshops at the Covent des Jacobins, night visits to the Cité de l’Espace and recreation at sea at the Museum…

The gardens of the Cité de l’Espace are lit up at night this summer © Manuel Huynh

Cité de l’Espace opens at night during the summer

Visitors can take advantage of Cité de l’Espace’s exhibitions and events until sunset, since The museum offers “nocturnal” openings during the summer. Thus, they have more time to discover, for example, “Currently on the ISS”, an installation that honors the European astronauts of the International Space Station, or “The Rovers Take the Stage” show for the main actors, two robots that explore the planet Mars: Perseverance and Zhurong

At night, a The light show will power the Ariane rocket Installed in the heart of the garden which will be illuminated by light colored beams. Thus, you can easily observe the starry sky using multiple telescopes installed around the outdoor walkway.

except Cité de l’Espace takes part in the “Night of the Stars” event Organized in early August by the French Association of Astronomy. Those interested can participate on this occasion Observations of the sky and the sun commentedBut join Planetarium and Stellarium sessions, where projections will present the celestial legends of our ancestors, the diversity of representations of the sky that humans have created through time, but also the many constellations that make up our universe. Finally, Toulouse Performing Arts will host the Culture n Movement evening costume tour In the garden, as in the air…

Practical information: Cité de l’Espace, avenue Jean Gonord, Toulouse. Thursdays until August 18, then Tuesdays August 2, 9 and 16, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Online reservation. Day + night rate: from 19 to 27 euros. Night rate: 10.20 euros to 13.50 euros. “Nuit des étoiles” Friday August 5, 8pm to midnight. Free entry, upon registration.

Open-air cinema in the courtyard of the Envol des Pionniers during the holidays

Flight of the Pioneer Aviation Summer Vacation Museum Toulouse
An open-air cinema set up in Toulouse during the summer holidays © Frederic Newpont

This summer, Envol des Pionniers invites visitors every Wednesday nightPermanent exhibition at the start of airmail in ToulouseThrough portraits of aviation pioneers such as Pierre-Georges Latecoeur, Jean Marmoz and Didier Daurat.

to go further, A temporary exhibition on aviator and writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Runs through November 6 in the aircraft hangar adjacent to the museum. It traces the life of the legendary pilot, from building his winged bicycle as a child to his tragic death over the Mediterranean. Inspection ends with a A series of colorful sculpturesInspired by the drawing of The Little Prince.

Then, at the end of the evening, visitors are invited Watch a variety of films, sitting on a deckchair in the courtyard of Envol des Pioneers, as part of “Ciné plein air”. In the program: wings of courage which retold the adventures of one of the pioneers of airmail, Henri Guillaumet, aired on Wednesday 27 July and 10 August, then Port RossoAn animated film about an Italian pilot during the rise of fascism in Europe, showing Wednesday 3 and 17 August.

Practical information: L’Envol des Pionniers, 6 rue Jacqueline Auriol, Toulouse. Wednesday 27 July to 17 August, open from 7.30pm, followed by screenings at 9.30pm. Online reservation. Price: From 5 to 8 euros.

What’s new in the Middle Ages?

Toulouse Summer Holidays Medieval Tuesday © Alexandre Olière for the Covent des Jacobins
Toulouse’s Couvent des Jacobins offers visitors the chance to play “Routournelle” during the holidays © Alexandre Ollier – Couvent des Jacobins

The Convent of the Jacobins in Toulouse offers guided tours of the exhibition “What’s New in the Middle Ages?” All summer holidays are Tuesday to Sunday. inside, Time markers, models, maps, games and interactive tables Guides visitors through five thematic islands that present various inventions of the Middle Ages. “You will learn, for example, that The Middle Ages allowed for the invention of spectacles and the compass, but also that we owe him the initiation of industrial or regional planning…”, explained the Covent des Jacobins. To delve a little deeper into history, costume visits are held every Wednesday in July and August, where guides give kids the chance to dress up in 14th-century costumes.

During the summer holidays, the museum also offers A series of workshops for children as well as adultsLearn more about the techniques used by makers of the time, table art, spice richness, manuscript writing or even 13th to 15th century fashion.

Finally, two animators will be present every Tuesday during the summer Play with the audience at “Routournelle”.a wheel presents eight animation themes, including “essential figures of the time” (peasant, knight, etc.), “contemporary questions” (women, the place of youth, etc.), or even “age with a preference for the middle class” ( Questionable hygiene, permanent war, etc.) Can you find all the correct answers?

Practical information: The Jacobin Convent, Place des Jacobins, Toulouse. Guided Tour “What’s New in the Middle Ages?” Tuesday to Sunday at 3pm. Costume inspection, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. until August 31. Online tickets. Price: from 3 to 8 euros. “Routournelle”, every Tuesday until August 30, from 10 am to 6 pm. Free. More information.

Dive into the heart of the sea thanks to the Museum of Toulouse

Shark Ocean Animal Vacation Summer Toulouse
Get to know sharks better this summer at the Museum of Toulouse CC Goengiver Fabian

The Toulouse Museum hosts several events Guided tours on ocean themes This summer. For example, you can learn more about Species diversity People who live in the world’s waters, from the tiniest fish to the giants of the sea, visit the “people of the ocean”. Or experience at your fingertips the workings of marine specimens in museum collections their food chain, including “sea inspection”. Guides offer to help you discover great white sharks and their progenitors in a different way by deconstructing your preconceptions about these creatures that inspire both fear and fascination.

Participating in these visits provides a new opportunity to make various discoveries Museum collections that trace the evolution of humans and animals Both marine and terrestrial, related to the development of their environment. For example, you can touch fossils, admire dinosaur skeletons, observe the reconstruction of now extinct species… or participate in workshops that will conclude at the end of the summerSuch as “Little Gnomes” which aims to teach children to take care of the forest and “When nature helps each other”, which shows that not all animals are subject to the best laws.

Practical information: the museum, 35 street Jules Guesde, Toulouse. Visit “man of the sea“From 10:30 am to 11 am,”Visit the sea“From 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.,”Visit the sharks“, from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., then from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., every day from Tuesday to Sunday until August 31. Included in the museum admission ticket, registration at the reception on the same day.

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