CosmoCaixa was inaugurated in September 2004 and is the Museum of Sciences in Barcelona. Here visitors can learn interesting things about evolutionism through interactive exhibits or can walk into a tropical forest recreated in the museum.
The museum is housed in a very beautiful brick building, designed by Catalan architect Josep Domenech i Estapa in Modernist style. The building served as an asylum until 1979, when it was renovated by Jordi Garces and Enric Soria to host the City Science Museum, which opened its doors in 1981.
Science Market at the Cosmo Caixa Science Museum in Barcelona
In 2004, the complex that hosts the museum was dramatically transformed by a major expansion that led to a fourfold increase in its size. The new science museum - named CosmoCaixa after its sponsor Caixa Foundation - is largely located underground. Above the ground is a spacious market, known as the Science Market. The work of expanding the complex followed a modern design, which was created by architects Robert and Esteve Terradas, using mainly glass and steel.
After entering the museum through the historic Modernist-style building, you are guided by a helical ramp that forms spirals around a very tall tree that leads visitors from the ground floor to level -5, the place where the most important exhibits are located.
The most spectacular permanent exhibition is known as the Flooded Bosc or the Flooded Forest, a recreation of a tropical jungle. A team was sent to Brazil to contribute to a realistic recreation of a flooded area of over a thousand square meters. It has a rich ecosystem of almost a hundred different species of plants, as well as fish, alligators, anacondes, frogs and many other animals. Through glass, visitors can see underwater and underground life and can even walk inside the forest.
The flooded rainforest, recreated at Cosmo Caixa in Barcelona
The main hall of the floor below is the Matter hall, the place where the museum presents the principle according to which any part of reality can be explained by science. Here a great exhibition presents the whole evolution from the beginning of the Universe. The fundamental laws of nature are explained by interactive exhibits. You can see how gravity, chaos, waves and other natural phenomena work.
Geological Mur (Geological Wall) illustrates geological history by showing visitors seven sections of authentic rocks - which weigh a total of over one hundred tons - from different parts of the world.
The museum also has a large outdoor market - Ciencia Plate - with a pond and a garden. The square, which borders the museum's restaurant, is open to the public. It is accessible directly from the museum and from Quatre Camins Street, the one behind the museum.
Isaac Newton, 26, Barcelona
Metro: Av Tibidabo (L7)
Bus: 17, 22, 58, 73, 75, 60 and 196 - Avda. Tibidabo / FFCC.
from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 20:00; closed on Mondays.
Adults: 3.00 €
Children under 6 - free.
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