CosmoCaixa is one of the biggest and most entertaining museums in Barcelona and all Spain. Opened in 2004, its history started way before the opening of the museum. In 1979, the bank institution Caixa commissioned the archtitects Jordi Garcés and Enric Sòria to remodel and enlarge the building, which was previously the Amparo de Santa Lucía institution.
Illustration 1 CosmoCaixa entrance by Mi Nguyen
CosmoCaixa was the first interactive science museum in Spain. Nowadays it is one of the most renowned science musuem in Europe and it covers a space of more than 30.000 square metres.
What makes CosmoCaixa so attractive for every age group, is their fun interactive way of teaching. With little games and demonstrations, the visitors will absorb the information better, even the tortuous subjects from school.
Explore the world of science from physical, technical, geological, to chemical and mathematical relations.
CosmoCaixa's objective is to raise awareness to science and to reach all age group. Offering family activities, such as the 3D Planetarium, workshops and courses for schoolchildren, and seminars for elderlies, who will discuss scientific topics with experts.
The museum has five floors in total:
Ground floor: Reception and information centre
1st Floor: Cafeteria, Restaurant, Outdoor space (Science square, Mediterranean garden)
2nd Floor: 3D Planetarium, Auditorium, Conference Rooms and Agora, Meteorological station, Archimedes’ and Pine Tree Garden
3rd Floor: Touch Touch (pet station), Agora -3
4th Floor: Omega Room
5th Floor: Flooded Forest, Matter Room, Top Science, Mezzanine, Geological Wall, Antarctic Base, current Exhibition
After entering the ground floor, visitors will go down a spiral (30 m) to the 5th floor. In the center of it, one can admire an Acariquara, a tropical tree from the Amazon region.
Illustration 2 Acariquara Tree at CosmoCaixa by Onassis Kouevi
Arriving on the 5th floor, you will start with the Antartic Station, displaying photographs of animals and the landscapes, as well as an imitation of a science lab in the Antartic.
Illustration 3 CosmoCaixa Antartic Station by Mi Nguyen
Going into the main hall, all sorts of activities, games, and experiments are displayed. The highlights of the permanent exhibitions are, for instance Flooded Forest, where you can find all sorts of exotic animals (some even free-roaming) and 30 m tall trees from the Amazon, the Geological Wall, the Room of Matter, showing the evolution of matter and life on the planet, and the 3D Planetarium.
Illustration 4 Flooded Forest at CosmoCaixa
If you need a small break, the gardens are the perfect location to get out your lunch boxes and recharge your energy. The gardens are on the 1st and 2nd floor.
All in all, CosmoCaixa is a perfect one day activity for the whole family, group of friends, and/or even alone.
4€ normal admission,
2€ as CaixaBank customer
free admission for children under 16 years
Carrer d'Isaac Newton, 26, 08022 Barcelona
Line L7 (brown): Av. del Tibidabo
Bus 196 (Av Tibidabo-La "Rotonda"/ till the submarine)
Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 8pm
Closed on Monday