Toulouse is constantly growing and its numerous tourist attractions will be offering new activities in 2020. Here’s a round-up of the most emblematic new features.
Aeroscopia, the aeronautical museum that already houses around thirty legendary aircraft (Concorde, A400M and more) is being extended to welcome five new aircraft, including an A380, which visitors will be able to visit fully from February 2020, and an A320 christened by Princess Diana. In 2020, a free-fall simulator will also be set up next to the museum.
The Cartoucherie neighbourhood, a former industrial area currently being converted into an eco-neighbourhood, will house a new “Third Place” in 2020, a social hub offering a range of activities, based on a model that already exists in several European cities: Les Halles de la Cartoucherie.
The entrance area will house a food hall, among other things, with 26 catering outlets (local products and world cuisine, a craft brewery, and more), due to open in March-April 2021.
Several sites are set to reopen after months of renovation work: the Musée des Augustins, Toulouse’s fine arts museum, will be accessible from November 2020; the Daurade Basilica and its Black Virgin can be visited from December 2019.
The Cité de l’Espace will also be given a facelift in 2020. From February onwards, the "Cité des petits" will offer its young visitors an entirely new experience, to stimulate their interest in space and get them thinking about the mysteries of the universe. After receiving and scrupulously fine-tuning, in July 2019, a replica of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module (LM), the Cité de l’espace has been offered an exceptional new exhibit by one of China’s two space agencies, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC): a life-size model of the CHANG’E-4 Chinese probe, with its YUTU-2 rover, which achieved an historic feat in early 2019: the first soft landing on the far side of the Moon. This exhibit has been on display in the Cité de l’espace gardens since September 2019.