Formerly known as the Science Museum of Barcelona, CosmoCaixa is – in museum terms – a young one! Still a new feature on Barcelona’s cultural landscape, the space opened in 2004 after a rejuvenation intervention that lasted 6 years. ShBarcelona has visited the museum to pave the way and let you know whether it is worth dragging your family along for a visit. Let us tell you – it is!
Named European Museum of the Year in 2006, the museum prides itself on offering an interactive learning experience. CosmoCaixa does not only manage to teach, it manages to entertain by truly involving its visitors. Exhibits are there to be touched and tweaked in order to understand various processes and their outcomes, covering a wide range of subject areas. Here are some highlights:
Here are some highlights:
The Amazonian rainforest reproduction
Offering a unique look at one of the most fragile and diverse ecosystems on the planet, visitors can walk in a space covering 1,000 m2 of reproduced rainforest. Containing faithful reproductions of various plants as well as more than 100 living plants and animals, this is a noteworthy experience, and one of the things that make this museum truly unique.
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The living matter room
In this section of the museum, you can explore the progression of the earth and its living organisms through a journey in time. Starting from the beginning of the universe, visitors are encouraged to play with the exhibits to understand how evolution works.
A bonus at the CosmoCaixa, the planetarium is the cherry on the cake of this all-encompassing museum. For an extra €2, visitors get their 3D glasses and can embark on a tour of the universe. Doing so, you can finish your visit after having visited heaven and earth alike.
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The Clik room
A special mention, this room is aimed especially at kids aged 3 to 6. Focused on stimulating the senses, children (who must be accompanied by an adult) will learn more about their environment through touch, smell, and interesting sights. A wonderful feature of this museum that shows its concern to keep all age groups entertained.
CosmoCaixa Science Museum is located at Teodor Roviralta, 47-51
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