The ‘Musée de l’air et de l’espace’ owns the oldest aircraft collection in the world. The items on show are spectacular but, in the interest of conservation, children are not allowed to touch them. Therefore a special area dedicated to hands-on activities was necessary to give children an opportunity to experiment with the key principles of aviation and space exploration.

We envisaged an initial journey in which different experiences would be created, each representing steps needed to understand how an aeroplane flies.  As one stage leads to another, the children begin to understand how flying works, what the instruments and radio messages are for, why we travel into space, how it’s made possible, what is done there and so on.

Through talks with experts, former pilots, European Space Agency specialists – and by putting ourselves in the shoes of young visitors – we came up with a series of playful and innovative devices for a better perception of the world of aviation, astronautics and the surrounding issues.

Through this journey, from jumbo jet to space station, visitors have the opportunity to discover all kinds of things such as: the profile of a wing, pedal-powered helicopters, flying clubs, water rockets, countdown, launching into orbit, exploration of planets using a virtual scale model, air space and rocket engines and much more.

Inaugurated in June 2010



  • City : Le Bourget
  • Client : Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace
  • Area : 1200 m²
  • Budget : 2 000 000 €
  • Design : Johan Brunel / Samuel Misslen / Alexandre Chinon / Léo Tamames / Philippe Portheault / Benjamin Tovo / Jean-Christophe Dumont
  • Graphisme : Jean Baptiste Taisne, C Album
  • Delivery : Conception et mise au point de 50 éléments interactifs