You know that the Palais de la Découverte is a great museum of "universcience", and you hoped to find a scientifically fool proof technique to park easily in Paris? We can save you time: if there was an exhibition on this theme (there isn´t one to our knowledge), for sure, it would talk about Parclick.
Parclick is the online platform that allows you to reserve your parking space. And it's great: you won´t have to go around in circles before finding a location, you save money and your car is safe in a covered car park, for as long as you want. You will not have to start the countdown every time you park!
If the most famous museums in Paris are generally closely related to art (Louvre, Centre Pompidou, Palais de Tokyo), the Palais de la Découverte is related to science...or more precisely to universcience. It is located in the west wing of the Grand Palais (its total area is 25,000 square metres) and its entrance is from Franklin D. Rossevelt Avenue. It dates from 1934; when it was originally planned for the 1937 Universal Exhibition. Today, it welcomes around 600,000 visitors a year.
Its themes? A bit of all areas of science: astronomy, chemistry, biology, maths, computer science, geology...The whole thing is spread over two levels. For the time you're there, admire the dome of the Antin Hall, designed by the architect Charles Girault - just like the building housing the museum.
If you are in the Palais de la Découverte for the first time, you will probably want to take the opportunity to admire the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais, and perhaps take a walk on the Esplanade des Invalides next door. You will also be near the Champs-Élysées: convenient for tourists who will not have to leave the 8th arrondissement. But, if you have to go elsewhere, you'll be right next to the Champ-Élysées Clémenceau metro station; so that you will not have to walk far. Even if Paris may seem small...it´s small but congested: so do not forget to book your car park! ;)