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CosmoCaixa

Visit one of Europe’s biggest science museums for a fun and educational day out with the whole family.

“Explore, verify, be surprised” is the motto of CosmoCaixa, the science museum of Barcelona. The museum focuses on the natural environment, including the universe. Come here to create sand storms and waves, find out how electricity works and learn more about the Earth’s fascinating flora and fauna.

The Barcelona Science Museum first opened here in 1981. The museum is run by “la Caixa,” a government social work and education program. After major renovations, CosmoCaixa was named European Museum of the Year in 2006. CosmoCaixa now has a total exhibition space of almost 540,000 square feet (50,000 square meters).

While its program is mainly run in Catalan and Spanish, the hands-on exhibits are fun for families of all backgrounds. Start your museum with the wonderful sound telescope on the Plaça de la Ciència. Once inside, follow the glass-enclosed spiral ramp that runs down the museum’s six levels. 

The main collection sits at the lowest level and encompasses the Flooded Forest, a slice of recreated Amazonian jungle complete with educational animal and plant exhibits. It’s also home to the Geological Wall and the Matter Room.

Also don’t miss the CosmoCaixa planetarium. Inside, the interactive Clik and Flash exhibits introduce young children to science with fun and educational games. Toca Toca! teaches kids which plants and animals aren’t safe to touch (“tocar” in Spanish).

Apart from the impressive permanent exhibits, there are always some temporary exhibits too. The huge museum also has a library, teaching center and a café serving gluten-free food. Visit the museum’s bookstore and browse the gift shop if you are after a special souvenir.

Located in Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, CosmoCaixa is not far from Barcelona’s center and can be reached by public transportation. On-site parking is available. Consider combining your trip with a visit to the nearby Bellesguard Gaudí.

CosmoCaixa is free for kids under the age of 16 and visitors with the BarcelonaCard. The museum is open daily from mid morning to early evening. Opening hours vary during the Christmas holidays and the museum is closed on December 25 and January 6.


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