Visit Les Bassins des Lumières
Did you know that there is a magical place in Bordeaux where water, light and sound come together to create a unique and unrepeatable experience? Here is Les Bassins des Lumières, a place that will transport you to a world of fantasy.
In this guide, you will discover everything you need to know about this place, as well as some of Bordeaux’s curiosities, which you should not miss under any circumstances. Stay with us and discover its opening times, prices and how to get there for a unique experience. Don’t miss it!
What is Les Bassins des Lumières?
Les Bassins des Lumières is an interactive digital art installation located at the Bordeaux Submarine Base. This monumental installation was created by Gianfranco Iannuzzi, Renato Gatto and Massimiliano Siccardi. It is a great work of art that combines images and music to create a unique and interactive experience.
It was designed to offer a unique experience to visitors. The project was funded by the French government and the City Council with the aim of attracting tourists from all over the world. It has become one of the main tourist destinations in the region. It has received thousands of visitors since its inauguration in 2018, many of them with free tours of Bordeaux.
It consists of three large bassins, each with light projections and music. Visitors can walk between the bassins, where images of artists such as Van Gogh, Monet, Klimt, etc. are projected. The audio, composed of classical music, mixes with the light to create a unique atmosphere.
Visitors can also interact with the place through their mobile phones.
Opening times and prices of the shows at the Bassins de Lumières
The Bassins de Lumières is located in the city’s former submarine base. It covers an area of 42,000 m2.
You can visit the Bassins every day of the year, from noon to midnight. During the day, the shows start at 12:00h and are repeated every hour until 20:00h.
From Monday to Thursday, there is a special session at 21:30h. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, there are two additional shows at 22:00h and 23:00h. The shows last approximately 20 minutes and it is not necessary to book a ticket in advance.
Admission is €15 per adult and €13.50 if you want to enter the Destination Cosmos show. The price allows you to see the show as many times as you like on the same day. There are also special discounts for children and groups. Children under the age of 8 get in free. Groups of more than 10 people receive a 10?discount.
It is important to mention that animals are not allowed on the premises, nor is it allowed to take photographs or record videos of the show.
How to get to the Bassins de Lumières in Bordeaux?
To get to the Bassins de Lumières, there are several options.
Visitors can arrive by car from the centre of Bordeaux. The journey takes about 20 minutes, depending on traffic. There is also a bus stop which is about 15 minutes walk from the site. Once on site, there is a free car park for visitors.
Visitors can also arrive by train. The nearest station is Bordeaux-Saint-Jean station, which is about a 20-minute walk from the site. From there, visitors can walk to the site or take a bus.
Finally, visitors can also reach the site by bike from the centre of Bordeaux. The ride takes about 45 minutes. There is a safe cycle path that will take you directly to the Bassins de Lumières.
Tips for visiting the Bassins de Lumières in Bordeaux
If you are going to visit the Bassins de Lumières, we recommend the following:
- Buy your ticket in advance: Tickets should be purchased online in advance to avoid queues and secure entry.
- Dress comfortably: The space is open, so be sure to wear clothes suitable for walking.
- Bring a camera to capture the beautiful scenery and artwork. Remember that during the show they are prohibited.
- Plan your visit: make sure you understand the schedule of the Bassins de Lumières and organise your time to enjoy the experience to the fullest.
- Visit the information centre: there is an information centre at the entrance where you can find out more about the history of the site and its importance.
Frequently asked questions about the Bassins de Lumières de Bordeaux
Finally, we will answer some frequently asked questions about the Bassins de Lumières:
What is the theme of the exhibition? They are inspired by the work of the Spanish artist Salvador Dalí and the themes they deal with are imagination, freedom, creativity and life.
What kind of materials can be found in the exhibition? The exhibition includes a wide variety of materials, from sculptures, paintings, drawings, photographs and videos. Is the exhibition available online? Yes, there is a digital version of the exhibition available on the Bassins de Lumières website. It can be visited from any device with internet access.