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Copernicus Science Centre

Build bridges, fly a spaceship and uncover the mysteries of the universe at this fascinating museum.

The Copernicus Science Centre is an innovative, hands-on museum that invites families to discover the laws of science through experiments, quizzes and interactive exhibitions. One of Europe’s largest and most modern museums, the center features over 450 exhibits in seven permanent galleries. Watch a performance by robot actors, see an older version of yourself using “the age machine” and conduct experiments at the museum’s labs.

A talking robot greets you when you first step inside the center. As you enter, look up at the dramatic two-story-high Foucault pendulum swinging through the atrium.

Start on the ground floor at the Roots of Civilization exhibit, which examines how various inventions over the centuries have propelled the development of humankind. Join a workshop to see what your name looks like when spelled in Egyptian hieroglyphics.

See the On the Move exhibit on the museum’s upper floor, dedicated to all concepts related to motion. Experience a simulated earthquake, use a StairMaster-style machine to generate electricity and run inside a human-sized hamster wheel.

Stop at the museum’s Heavens of Copernicus planetarium, which features a massive dome screen measuring 52 feet (16 meters) in diameter. Images are projected onto the screen, causing viewers to feel transported into outer space, to the bottom of the ocean or inside a volcano. The planetarium also hosts kid-oriented concerts, jazz performances and a laser show based on the music of Pink Floyd.

Check out the views from the museum’s rooftop garden, open during warm weather. Paths wind between crater-shaped skylights and dozens of different plant species, evoking channels eroded by a rushing river. Try to spot landmarks including the Old Town, the National Stadium, the Palace of Culture and Science and the Vistula River.

The Copernicus Science Centre is located on the banks of the Vistula River, not far from Warsaw’s city center. Get here by bus or subway. The museum is open Tuesday to Friday and has an admission fee. It hosts a variety of events and activities throughout the year. Check the website to learn what exhibits and special events are available during your visit.


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Hotel Bristol, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Warsaw

Krakowskie Przedmiescie 42-44, Warsaw, Masovia
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Old Town, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Presidential Palace, University of Warsaw, and Royal Castle. Old Town Market Place and Old Town Square are also within 15 minutes. Centrum Station is 22 minutes by foot and Warsaw Central Station is 26 minutes.

    Residence St. Andrew's Palace $61
    Residence St. Andrew's Palace

    Residence St. Andrew's Palace

    ul. Chmielna 30, Warsaw, Masovia
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Warsaw hotel is located in the entertainment district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of Technology, Palace of Culture and Science, and University of Warsaw. Copernicus Science Centre and Royal Castle are also within 2 mi (3 km). Centrum Station is 5 minutes by foot and Warsaw Central Station is 11 minutes.

      Sofitel Warsaw Victoria $83
      Sofitel Warsaw Victoria

      Sofitel Warsaw Victoria

      Krolewska 11, Warsaw, Masovia
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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        InterContinental Warsaw $118
        InterContinental Warsaw

        InterContinental Warsaw

        Emilii Plater 49, Warsaw, Masovia
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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          Novotel Warszawa Centrum $56
          Novotel Warszawa Centrum

          Novotel Warszawa Centrum

          ul. Marszalkowska 94/98, Warsaw, Masovia
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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            Warsaw River View $61
            Warsaw River View

            Warsaw River View

            ul. Wybrzeze Kosciuszkowskie 43, Warsaw
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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              Castle Inn $56
              Castle Inn

              Castle Inn

              Swietojanska 2, Warsaw, Masovia
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Old Town, this hotel is steps from St. John's Cathedral, Royal Castle, and Old Town Market Place. Old Town Square and University of Warsaw are also within 15 minutes. Warsaw Gdanska Station is 23 minutes by foot and Centrum Station is 28 minutes.

                Hotel Indigo Warsaw - Nowy Swiat $73
                Hotel Indigo Warsaw - Nowy Swiat

                Hotel Indigo Warsaw - Nowy Swiat

                Smolna 40, Warsaw, Mazowieckie
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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