Cosmocaixa

Cosmocaixa information

Location
Barcelona , Spain
Address
Carrer de Isaac Newton 26
Telephone
+34 93 212 60 50
Getting there
Bus: 60
Train: FGC Avinguda Tibidabo
More information
www.fundacio.lacaixa.es
Prices
adult/child €4/free
Opening hours
10am-8pm Tue-Sun
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Kids (and kids at heart) are fascinated by displays here and this science museum has become one of the city’s most popular attractions. The single greatest highlight is the recreation over 1 sq km of a chunk of flooded Amazon rainforest (Bosc Inundat). More than 100 species of Amazon flora and fauna (including anacondas, colourful poisonous frogs and caymans) prosper in this unique, living diorama in which you can even experience a tropical downpour.

In another original section, the Mur Geològic, seven great chunks of rock (90 tonnes in all) have been assembled to create a ‘geological wall’.

These and other displays on the lower 5th floor (the bulk of the museum is underground) cover many fascinating areas of science, from fossils to physics, and from the alphabet to outer space. To gain access to other special sections, such as the Planetari (planetarium), check for guided visits. Most of these activities are interactive and directed at children, and cost €2/1.50 per adult/child. The planetarium has been adapted so that the vision and hearing impaired may also enjoy it.

Outside, there’s a nice stroll through the extensive Plaça de la Ciència, whose modest garden flourishes with Mediterranean flora.