More about Cap Sciences

"Curiosity is the first step towards respect. Respect is the first step towards tolerance. Curiosity is the driving force behind culture. 
Now, more than ever, Cap Sciences and the players of the scientific world, have a cultural responsibility to stimulate the curiosity of the general public." Cap Sciences.

To most people, Cap Sciences is an impressive building on the Bordeaux waterfront that hosts exhibitions on scientific and technical subjects. The younger generations (and their parents and teachers) also know that it's a place where you can learn things like molecular cooking, how to build a rocket or make objects using a 3D printer. But most people are not aware that Cap Sciences has three other sites in the city of Bordeaux, that it spearheads the scientific culture network of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region and that it is the face behind many boundless virtual communities. As for those who know that Cap Sciences is a galaxy whose expansion velocity is proportional to the number of people who make it all happen... They are few and far between... For now!

Our missions

Cap Sciences embraced a scientific and cultural project in 2015. This document is the result of two years' work and 20 years' experience. It attests the ethos with which we want to design, create and share all our actions. Here are our main commitments. 


Share our taste for discovery

Discovery is a researcher's primary motivation. It is also what we thrive on, regardless of the subjects we deal with and how we address them. But to us, sharing our taste for discovery is all the more important as knowledge has value only if it is shared, discussed, added to, renewed and helps us to get to know one another better. Consequently, all of Cap Sciences' activities are interwoven with social relationships that, in turn, take on very different forms.
For example, we always design our exhibitions so that they are mobile, and can be exposed to other places and other people. We also organize many public events, such as La nuit des chercheurs (the night of the researchers) and La fête de la science (the science fair), that we believe are beneficial opportunities for people to meet and share opinions. 

Building personal and sustainable relationships

H2O is a possible step on the path to discovery. The activities it proposes are as many opportunities to meet, wonder and learn together. And there are many more! For us, the main thing is to help individuals along their own cultural journey, whether they meet Cap Sciences along the way, or explore other paths. With this in mind, we have developed several user-friendly open source tools that serve as compasses, maps, and means of communication to help you find your bearings, locate your position and stay on track during your cultural wanderings.
C-YOU is an online personal space that memorizes your path at Cap Sciences and nurtures your relationship with the scientific center by means of activities, games and recommendations tailored to your visitor's profile. C-YOU1 is a community open to all keen amateurs who wish to initiate or contribute to scientific and technical projects.

Spearhead the world of scientific, technical and industrial culture

The experience we have built up over these past 20 years must benefit the world of scientific, technical and industrial culture comprising both amateurs and professionals. It is in everyone's interest for us to continue to improve our practices if we wish to share our taste for discovery with as many people as possible. It is to this end that the regional council of Aquitaine entrusted Cap Sciences with structuring the region's scientific culture network in 2014. It is also to this end that we strive to enrich the know-how and competencies of our visitors, employees and partners in all circumstances, so that they, in turn, become enlightened and motivated ambassadors of scientific, technical and industrial culture!

Generate innovative cultural forms

The world of scientific, technical and industrial culture is no longer the preserve of professionals since the Web uncovered a new category of players: the pro-ams (professional amateurs). They question the idea of a world separated in half, with the ignoramuses on one side and the experts on the other. This change has shaken up our professions and the way we see our roles as culture professionals in society. At Cap Sciences, we have long been convinced that we cannot just make do with producing cultural leisure activities for the general public. It is also our responsibility to support and accompany cultural scientific and technical projects launched by others. It is in everyone's interest for us to help others rather than do everything for them.
The opening of the 127° open innovation lab in 2015 is a perfect example of this change in perspective. This space is conducive to experiments, co-creation and sharing in keeping with a "Do it with others" philosophy, in which anyone can design and create any object they want (or almost).

Giving value to culture

In France, culture is very often reduced to its artistic aspect, as if sciences and technologies were nothing to do with it! And yet, they are one of the means used by men and women worldwide to know where they stand and give their lives meaning. Not only does Cap Sciences strive to have scientific and technical culture recognized by the institutional repositories, it also seeks to promote the notion of cultural added value. This does not simply refer to the financial value of cultural activities, even though their economic weight is incontestable. Cultural added value can be defined as the incalculable value of an action that is concerned about what it means and how it will impact a group of people.
In practice, this takes on several forms: developing a project focused on science, culture and methodological guidelines for the members of the Cap Sciences team, implementing an Observatoire des publics (observatory of the public) and asking the public to contribute to designing and improving exhibitions, coming up with ideas as regards the cultural stakes related to the activities of Cap Sciences (20th anniversary book), etc.


Our activities

Not all our activities are open to the public, but they all contribute to serving the public good through scientific and technical culture. Most of them are held in the City of Bordeaux where Cap Sciences has four sites (the H2O in Bordeaux, Cap’Archéo in Pessac and Côté Sciences in Floirac and Mérignac). But they often also take us much further afield... 

Designing, producing, presenting exhibitions and workshops

This is our most visible and well-known activity but it's still worth clarifying a little. Unlike many museums, we have no permanent collections or exhibitions, or specialties. Needless to say, we have no choice but to reinvent ourselves!
We design our own exhibitions on a case-by-case basis, we co-produce them with other structures or host productions that already exist. Our schedule is based on a rotation principle and is organized as follows: one major exhibition each year, thematic exhibitions and workshops for youngsters, with a different theme every six months or so.

Cultural mediation

Mediation is the driving force behind all our activities and gives them meaning. The main thing, in our view, is to connect with the people who visit our exhibitions or take part in the workshops and events we organize. This is why we prefer to use the term animated tour rather than guided tour because our mediators are above all interested in the people they exchange views with rather than in the knowledge they can pass on to them. Different teams of mediators, most of them students, are present at each exhibition. They receive a fortnight's training beforehand, mainly focused on developing their teaching skills. If we have to choose between open-mindedness and being a know-it-all, we always go for the former.

Advice and expertise in cultural engineering

Two of the three founders of Cap Sciences used to work in a cultural engineering agency. The team now has four members, not to mention the colleagues they regularly call upon, who offer their expertise to local communities or organizations who wish to improve their cultural projects, offers or services. As part of calls for tenders, they can offer very different kinds of expertise: ad hoc studies such as the one performed for the Quartier des sciences in Toulouse; medium-term partnerships like those forged with the Marquèze ecomuseum and the Val de Garonne tourist office; project management assistance for major operators like the Cité du Vin in Bordeaux and Lascaux 4.

Mobile exhibitions

There are many advantages in having the exhibitions we produce travel around: it gets rid of the feeling of sadness at the idea of never being able to see them again. You can share the fun with as many people as possible, travel with them and see the world...

More seriously, mobile exhibitions are specifically composed of modules that operate independently and can therefore be adapted to the needs and capacities of a great number and variety of structures. Even schools and cultural centers in small towns have been able to host them. The Nouvelle-Aquitaine region is the first to benefit from our mobile exhibitions, but they also tour on a national, and increasingly international, scale.

Organization of events

The H2O is buzzing with activities other than exhibitions and workshops. Not a week goes by without a public or private event whose common feature is the taste for discovery, sciences and technologies. When we are the ones in charge of co-organizing the events, we always ensure that they fit in with our current program. When we open our premises to third parties, for scientific symposiums for example, we systematically invite our guests to visit the building to find out what goes on and what we invent here. A very welcome consequence of this is that our guests often become our partners!

Making use of cultural sites

Although the external appearance of the Hangar 20 has changed very little since it was opened in February 2002, its interior space has undergone some major transformations. This possibility had been considered (and hoped for) from the beginning, starting with the idea that a place should be a tool at the service of a project, i.e. scalable and flexible.  Consequently, the storage and construction workshops were gradually relocated to leave room for the increasing number of visitors. Hangar 20 today is a real public space where people come to follow the program of Cap Sciences and take part in various events. As for the three other Cap Sciences sites – Cap’Archéo in Pessac and the two other Côté Sciences in Floirac and Mérignac, they are also public spaces and anchor points from which we can branch out into all the areas in their geographical sphere.

Steering and spearheading professional networks

It is crucial for professionals to be able to share their experience so that they can reflect, improve and innovate, which is why we belong to many networks. On a regional scale, they help structure the world of scientific and technical culture, fostering relationships between players who share the same concerns and giving them the opportunity to learn and optimize their actions. In its position as a reference territorial cluster, Cap Sciences steers the scientific culture network of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region kicked off in January 2015. On a national scale, networks contribute to spotlighting our field of activity in the cultural world (this is the goal of the AMCSTI (French association of museums and centers for the development of scientific, technical and industrial culture), of which our Director was the President for a long time). They can give one another specialized assignments that are similar to research programs. We spearhead the consortium Inmédiats, which federates six science centers and aims to improve the access of 15 to 25 year olds to scientific culture by creating innovative digital mediation tools.
Lastly, Cap Sciences recently became a member of the European network Ecsite and manager of the international Creative Museum program devoted to innovative creative practices in cultural venues.

Designing digital mediation tools

Very few cultural sites have a Research & Development unit dedicated to inventing the tools of the future, and rethinking the way we work. In Cap Sciences, R&D is essentially focused on digital technologies applied to mediation. Our goal is to find ways of giving people better access to scientific and technical culture and improving their interactions with it. This activity encouraged us to explore the concept of serious games (with Clim'Way for example), as well as develop the open source application Navinum which became C-YOU, an online personnel space where Cap Sciences users can store, improve and share knowledge. R&D in Cap Sciences is a non-profit-making activity that has benefits for all.

Analysis of the general public and of practices

Because human relations are at the heart of our concerns, we make sure to keep our finger on the pulse with respect to new habits and new cultural needs. Since 2013, the Observatoire des publics (observatory of the public) of Cap Sciences has been conducting various studies to see how our activities and strategies are received by the general public. These studies can take the form of satisfaction surveys, the aim being to make changes to the content of an exhibition or fine-tune a communication campaign. More and more now, we are making sure to involve the public as soon as we start designing our actions, by asking them to contribute to the choice of subjects that could be used in future exhibitions. Of course, this approach has an impact on our professional practices which need to be constantly analyzed and improved through training sessions or by means of methodological tools developed in-house.

Magazine, Cap Sciences's cultural magazine
How do liners float on the Garonne? What's going on in Bordeaux' laboratories? What scientific events are being held near you? Get the latest news in science by keeping up to date with our reports, interviews, live-journalism, radio shows, special features, calendars, etc.
Get a new take on the sciences with the Râleur des sciences (the grumpy old scientist), #etale ta science (#show off your science) and the infogame.

Connected readers!
Fancy trying your hand at journalism? Based on the content of, a real pure player that has adopted a collaborative writing approach with its readers, you can create your own newspaper on line using your C-YOU account!
The main challenge here is to propose articles and explore innovative formats, collections and styles with our readers.
In other words, reinvent journalism with you!
Play, take part and become an actor of C-YourMag!



You can't manage a project like Cap Sciences on a wing and a prayer! Governance determines the quality and independence of actions aimed at the general public, most of which are of general interest.

Institutional governance

Cap Sciences is an association governed by the French Association Act of 1901 and is organized as individual entities, essentially three Colleges whose members discuss, direct and vote the associative project. 

The College of institutional partners is composed of representatives of the State and of local authorities (from the communes to the regional council) who support Cap Sciences' actions in Nouvelle-Aquitaine. This College has an advisory capacity.

The College of scientific partners comprises representatives of the universities of Nouvelle-Aquitaine and of regional public scientific research bodies. This entity has voting rights and appoints the members of the third College, the College of individual partners, many of whom come from the world of industry, one of the three main focuses of Cap Sciences along with science and technology. This College has voting rights.

The President of the Board of Directors of Cap Sciences alternately belongs to one of the last two Colleges. 

The three Colleges are completed by a scientific and programming committee, comprising representatives of the College of scientific partners and different players of the world of scientific, technical and industrial culture of Nouvelle-Aquitaine. Its role is to reflect on and set the trends for the main lines of the Cap Sciences project.

The Board of Directors and the Administrative Committee

The Administrative Committee
President: Daniel CHARBONNEL - General Manager of the SAFT / Vice-President: Jean-Paul CALES - President and CEO of Cap Ingelec and Eric SARRAZIN - Regional Manager of GDF Suez / General Secretary: Gaëlle Bujan - Regional Delegate of the CNRS of Aquitaine-Limousin / Treasurer: Eric DUTIL - General Manager of services at the University of Bordeaux.

The Board of Directors
The institutions: Board of Education: O. Dugrip /D.R.R.T: D. Rebiere /D.R.A.C: A. Littardi /D.R.D.J.S: P. Bahegne / D.R.T: M. Mallet / C.R.A: A. Rousset / Departmental council of the Gironde: P. Madrelle / Departmental council of the Dordogne: B. Cazeau / Departmental council of the Landes: H. Emmanuelli / Departmental council of the Lot-et-Garonne: P. Camani / Departmental council of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques: G. Labazee / Bordeaux City: A. Juppé / Bordeaux town hall: A. Juppé
The scientists: University of Bordeaux: M. Tunon de Lara / Montaigne University: J.P. Jourdan / University of Pau and the Adour region: M. Amara / I.N.R.A: H. de Rochambeau / C.N.R.S: C. Giraud / C.E.A: JP. Giannini / I.N.S.E.R.M: P. Leconte / IRSTEA: F. Saudubray / INRAP: D. Zurowski / I.N.R.I.A: M. Thonnat
The friends of Cap Sciences: G. Batifoix
VIPs: F. Salin, F. Cansell, J. Alcorta
Individuals: Engie: E. Sarrazin / B. Clin / Grand port de Bordeaux: C. Masson / BGI: R. Ghilardi / SAFT: D. Charbonnel / CAP INGÉLEC: J.P. Cales / University of Bordeaux: E. Dutil / Montaigne University: V. Beghain / Lacq Odyssée: A. Saouter

Project governance

Each project (exhibition, workshop, digital publication, etc.) is spearheaded by a project manager, chosen among the members of the Cap Sciences team for his/her competencies according to the directions to be given to the project. Each project is managed by a different person. This is just one of the distinguishing features of Cap Sciences (in most other scientific culture centers, this position is assigned to people who only do project management and nothing else). Another specificity is that we have never called upon independent curators for our exhibitions (well, just the once!) 
A scientific committee of experts is set up for each project. Its mission is to guarantee the quality and consistency of the written content.



Rather than write the entire history of Cap Sciences, let's just take a look at a few of its main stories. A smaller undertaking that will hopefully pique your interest!

How it took Cap Sciences four montgs to move from projetc to action

April 7, 1995
This date marked the inauguration of Hangar 16, the first of Cap Sciences' premises, already located on the Bordeaux waterfront. Four months earlier, in the rooms of the Aquitaine regional council, thirty or so political, scientific, educational and industrial representatives unanimously decided to give their backing to the project devised by Bernard Alaux, Bernard Favre and Jean-Alain Pigearias. 
In the meantime, the old abandoned Hangar 16 of the autonomous port had been partially and roughly developed. We had built a team, gleaned the idea of an exhibition from the Cité des sciences to adapt it to the local context, then launched a communication campaign to herald the arrival of this alien in the cultural landscape, in the most improbable location on the banks of the Garonne. Remember that at the time, the waterfront looked nothing like it does today and was nowhere near as popular or attractive. It was a rather deserted and disreputable area, and the work to convert the port zone into a promenade blending in with the town center had not yet started. Attracting families there to promote the benefits of scientific and technical culture was quite a challenge and required a great deal of conviction and enthusiasm, but it seems we succeeded, as on the day of the inauguration, a curious crowd flooded through the gate that had been knocked down for the occasion. And people have been getting "curiouser and curiouser" ever since!    

How the Cap Sciences team realized it was becoming a reference in cultural mediation

The meeting was held in the first weeks of 1998. Cap Sciences representatives welcomed their counterparts from the regional archeology service in the small multimedia library of Hangar 16. "For the very first time, people were seeking us out and coming to see us about our mediation skills," recalls Bernard Favre, one of the founders of Cap Sciences, 18 years on. The DRAC (Regional division for cultural affairs) turned to us for our expert opinion on its project to open a room to welcome school groups in Pessac, on the outskirts of Bordeaux, where the department's archaeological warehouse and the INRAP (French preventive archaeological research institution) were already located. 
The meeting ended on a highly successful note with the project of a role play to take place in the building in Pessac, reconfigured for this purpose. Players would pass through different doors, leading them from an excavation site to a reconstitution laboratory situated next to a documentation center. For a timed session or an entire day's outing, school children and their teachers would be able to learn all about archeology in a fun and interactive environment.
The name of Cap Archéo appeared at the top of the convention signed in late 1998 by Cap Sciences, the DRAC, the town of Pessac, the Gironde departmental council and the French Department of Education. It was the very first of a series of cross-functional and innovative partnerships. It was also the very first of Cap Sciences' satellite sites, of which there are now three, all equally popular.

How Cap Sciences designed its first internet site

September 1998

In a not so distant past, the Internet as we know it today was a fledgling technology, and the Minitel still reigned supreme. In the history of Cap Sciences, this period dates back to the year 1998 when it abandoned its Minitel site for an Internet site. There were very few websites back then, and almost none on scientific culture. To win the title of pioneer in this field, Cap Sciences benefited from the boundless curiosity of Fabrice Meurquin, who along with his accomplice Didier Charolais, both geeks ahead of their time, tinkered with the ancestor of the site that hosts the lines you're reading now.

They had to be very good communicators to combine the awe inspired by the newly-born web and the intuition that it contained infinite possibilities. And they also had to be very ingenious to garner something from the heated debates that raged among the members of the Cap Sciences team for two years. Given the changes that ensued, it was the very least that was needed, for Cap Sciences always takes time to move beyond the fascination stage and give meaning to technological innovations.   

How the public of Cap Sciences was boosted by young people


Cap Sciences has always been popular with children and teenagers, and vice versa, a fact that was proven in figures at the end of the year 2000 when the number of participants in Cap Sciences Junior workshops reached 500. The extra-curricular activities proposed by Cap Sciences' team had found their place in the timetables of 8 to 14 year olds. Alongside football and judo, they could now spend their Wednesday afternoons understanding cloud shape and composition, building robots, donning a chemist's lab coat, or sending a rocket into space. 

The groups of 15 children supervised by an instructor were made to feel part of the scientific community. For three hours, with a break for a snack in the middle, the young researchers learned to unravel the mysteries of sciences and technologies. It wasn't yet the 127° Fab Lab, where other inventors can now design and make all sorts of prototypes, but the principle was the same: handle, experiment, imagine, make.

To learn with the mind and body is our Golden Rule, and would certainly be inscribed on the pediment of Cap Sciences if it had one. It is the founding principle of the Junior workshops, and continues to apply to all the activities that were developed later on for the weekend and vacations, and even the school period as they are an endless source of teaching material for teachers.  

How Cap Sciences pressed ahead and went from hangar 16 to Hangar 20

February 20, 2002

Seven years after the inauguration of Cap Sciences' first building, the Bordeaux waterfront had barely begun its metamorphosis: passers-by could not yet stroll along there, and the tramway was non-existent. Scientific culture had won its place there however, moving from one refurbished hangar (16) to another (20), built from scratch and drawing on a solid base of experience. And this experience is what the founders of Cap Sciences put forward to obtain the ownership and contracting authority for the building designed with the architect Bernard Schweitzer. It helped guarantee the independence and continuity of the project that was to be developed there.

When it opened on 02/20/2002, a date strangely resembling a golden ratio, the H2O looked like a covered market place where hundreds of people from all backgrounds had decided to convene. There was no exhibition at the time, and the space, although welcoming, had not yet revealed its many other qualities. It was hard to imagine that the premises had been designed to evolve over time and adapt to the different types of activities that were to take place there. Except for its rough concrete walls and suspended terraces overlooking the Garonne, today's H2O bears no resemblance to the building as it was back then, and will undoubtedly continue to evolve in the years to come.

How Cap Sciences held a scientist's banquet

 Tuesday, March 04, 2003

Researchers have always held pride of place in Cap Sciences. Since March 4, 2003, they have even had a table there, set every year for the Scientists' banquet.

They were called upon for exhibitions, featured in the different publications of Cap Sciences –  some, such as Visages de sciences, were designed specifically for this purpose – but it soon became obvious that they had no place to meet up outside of their laboratories. The Scientists' banquet filled in this gap and took inspiration from the breaking of barriers between disciplines advocated by the Cap Sciences team from the start.

We created a rule whereby nobody was allowed to sit next to someone they knew at the table! That night, an archaeologist sat next to an astronomer, a clinical psychologist chatted to an organic chemist, a geneticist poured glasses of wine for doctors whose titles got lost in all the hubbub. It was a merry evening indeed!

A quiz inspired by a recent issue of the H2O* magazine gave participants the chance to show off their culture (or sometimes lack of it!), which greatly amused the scholarly assembly. Having all played the game, as they left, everyone asked when the next banquet would be held and whether there would be buzzers on the tables again. There were no buzzers the next time round as a philosopher once said that "no man ever steps in the same river twice". But the event was renewed, and with it was born the tradition of scientific indiscipline.

*Annual magazine published by Cap Sciences from 2002 to 2011.  

How Cap Sciences found its place in the virtual world


Because the Cap Sciences teams had always been interested in new technologies, we won't use the term turning point to describe their entry into the digital era. Let's just say that things started to gather speed in the course of 2007. The team started thinking it would be a good idea to take a look into new means of producing, circulating and sharing information at the advent of the Web 2.0. There would soon be more people on the social networks than visiting our exhibitions, and we had to be prepared for that. 
We started by developing the cap-sciences.num program, a sort of internal manifesto for thinking out current and future changes. First: make contact with visitors, both those coming through the doors of the H2O and those entering via the Internet site. Then: maintain contact by accompanying people into the world of scientific culture. Finally: increase the opportunities of building up personal relationships.

Several virtual exhibitions were created with this in mind. As a nod to history, as everything starts somewhere, the first of these productions, Aquitaine sortie des eaux, was based on the theme of the very first exhibition presented in Cap Sciences in 1995. We also launched into what would later be known as "serious games", and met with international success with Clim'City, an online game in which players had to grapple with climate change issues. We continued to build up our experience, combining both leisure activities and research and development, by developing C-YOU, kicking off the pure player C-YOURMAG, initiating the Inmédiats program, and so on and so forth.

Cap Sciences' interest in new technologies being what it is, we could carry on forever!

How Cap Sciences turned a thousand pages at once (several times) 

September 2009

One day, Cap Sciences woke up with 14 years of exhibitions, articles, films, reviews, reports, portraits, themed features... enough to fill several libraries. We decided to sort through it so that it could be shared more easily. Launched in September 2009, the platform hosted a large volume of the resources accumulated by Cap Sciences during its young and rich history. This new online tool "helped show that the actions of Cap Sciences formed a consistent whole," reflects Alexandre Marsat, Editor-in-Chief of the Cap Sciences magazines since June 2008.

The editorial policy, centered on the region, remained unchanged for a while before the Internet obliged it to explore new subjects and formats! By getting familiar with digital tools and conducting experiments in parallel (C-YOU, Inmédiats, etc.), the Cap Sciences teams turned the platform into a pure player in September 2013. C-YOURMAG is not just a site where existing documents can be uploaded: it became the 2.0 newspaper of Cap Sciences with ad hoc content, visitor contributions and favorites lists, making it another space to share our enthusiasm for scientific culture.

How Cap Sciences became a leader alongside others

Thursday, February 02, 2012

The story of Inmédiats (Innovation, Mediation, Territories) all started with a phone call. In 2009 or 2010, a well-informed person told the Director of Cap Sciences that his center had been noticed by the members of an ambitious governmental program, and that it would be in his interest to apply for it. Name of the program: Investments for the future.

Several months, phone calls and meetings later, the application form ended up on the desk of the Commissioner General for Investment. Cap Sciences came out on top alongside five other scientific culture centers: the Espace des sciences (Rennes, Brittany), La Casemate (City of Grenoble), Relais d’sciences (Caen, Lower Normandy), Science Animation (Toulouse, Midi-Pyrénées) and Universcience (Paris, Île-de-France). The proposal was clear: if there was to be a model, it would be based on a partnership. The reply was just as clear: "Ok, you're on!"

On February 2, 2012 the Inmédiats program was officially launched from Cap Sciences, coordinator of the team. On site or on big screens broadcasting live from all over France, we were able to meet all the forward-looking people who had decided to join the adventure.  The five-year objective was to enhance equal opportunities as regards access to science and technologies, particularly for 15 to 25 year olds. The main areas of work: implementation of structuring equipment, creation of innovative content and digital services, evaluation-communication-training. Results already visible in Cap Sciences: the Living Lab, the 127°, Navinum, serious games, etc.

How Cap Sciences welcomed the first artists of the human species

Sunday, January 06, 2013

People who thought they would find only screens, mathematical formulas and DNA sequences here were in for a surprise. From October 13, 2012 to January 6, 2013, the main attractions were reproductions of oil lamps and paintings dating back to the Early Magdalenian. The Lascaux 3 exhibition, with its accurate reproductions of the world-renowned cave, occupied the entire space as well as people's minds. The general public and journalists flocked in to see. We had hoped for some extra time, but the exhibition had other towns to visit: Chicago, Houston, Montreal, Bruxelles, Seoul, and Geneva to mention but a few.

To tell the truth, the 105,084 visitors (a record number for such a short exhibition) were very lucky to see it, as the exhibition was not supposed to start its international tour in Bordeaux. Cap Sciences gained in popularity and earned itself the status of expert that people can turn to to manage large-scale projects. The site itself acquired a visibility and popularity that still amazes our team in-house, even today.

How Cap Sciences stays on course


Cap Sciences turned 20 in 2015. The site has never been so active and popular. The 127° of the Fab Lab opened in late 2015 indicates to anyone entering it, the angle and position they should adopt to be inventive and open to innovation. It is of course the angle that Cap Sciences must follow to stay on course as it recently updated its scientific and cultural project. This sum is the product of experience acquired and a series of promises. It is aimed at the members of the team and visitors, at historical partners and future collaborators. It is proof that Cap Sciences, at whatever point in time, will do what it takes to write its future.



Centre for scientific, technical and industrial culture
Bordeaux - Nouvelle Aquitaine

Key Figures

1995 creation of Cap Sciences
2 millions visitors since its creation