1 place de la Cathédrale - CS 80964 - 86000 POITIERS
 +33 5 49 50 33 08
Located in the heart of the city of Poitiers, the center of scientific, technical and industrial culture in New Aquitaine, has three missions: popularize research, its methods, its results and its professions; promote the transmission and sharing of knowledge; and maintain citizen debates on social and cultural issues.
Espace Mendes France owes its origin to the meeting between researchers from the University of Poitiers and activists of Popular Education.
Today, the center of scientific and technical culture has important premises located in the heart of the historic center of Poitiers, rooted in the associative screw of Poitiers and in close connection with the university it extends its action to the whole of the New Aquitaine region, even beyond.
Through the diversity of its actions and audiences, the center contributes to a better understanding by all of us of our complex and ever-changing world.

In Poitiers, Espace Mendes France is one of the most important cultural establishments in the city; it is a friendly place that hosts exhibitions, conferences, events, training, shows, creations, and a planetarium.
He coordinates at the regional level the Fête de la science .

Opening hours to the public :

Tuesday to Friday: 9am to 6.30pm
Saturday, Sunday and some public holidays: 14h to 18h30
Closed April 1st, May 8th, 10th, 20th, July 14th, August 15th, November 1st (closed only in the morning), November 11th, December 25th and January 1st.

Services and facilities
Rates, informations and contact
Onsite facilities

· Activity room
· Meeting room


· Cyber café / Internet terminal
· Wifi

Onsite activities

· Animation group
· Concerts
· Conferences
· Workshop for adults
· Workshop for children


1 place de la Cathédrale
CS 80964
Tel : +33 5 49 50 33 08

Languages spoken


Payment methods

Cheques, Holiday cheques (french holiday vouchers), Cash, Bank card


Groups accepted

Ateliers et animations (selon les ateliers)
From 2.50 to 20 euros
Expositions enfant et réduit (adhérent, Cezam, Carte culture)
3 euros
Planétarium pour les adhérents
3.50 euros
Planétarium pour les enfants
3.50 euros
Spectacles tarif réduit
3.50 euros
From 5 to 10 euros
Expositions adulte
5.50 euros
Planétarium adulte
6 euros
Spectacles plein tarif
6.50 euros
The most accessible car park :
See on the map
Including 290 underground parking spaces.
Access 4 bis, rue Henri Oudin.
Open from 7:30 to 21h.
Different rates and subscriptions, inquire at the reception.
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Poitiers Tourist Office
45, place Charles de Gaulle - BP 377 - 86009 Poitiers cedex
Tél. : +33(0)5 49 41 21 24 - Fax : +33(0)5 49 88 65 84 - contact us by email
From 21 September to 19 June: from Monday to Saturday from 9.30 am to 6 pm.
From 20 June to 18 September: from Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm.
Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm