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CosmoCaixa - Science Museum

The Interactive Science Museum

Built for 100 million euros and opened in 2005, the Museum CosmoCaixa (pronounced "caisha") for science is one of the most exciting and with over 30,000 m² also one of the largest museums in Barcelona and in Spain.


Our Recommendation for CosmoCaixa: the Barcelona Card

  • Free admission to CosmoCaixa with Barcelona Card
  • Free Public Transport with Barcelona Card
Highlights

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Times

Opening Hours of the CosmoCaixa

  • Tuesdays - Sundays: 10:00-20:00
  • Closed on Mondays, except public holidays
  • Closed on December 25, January 1 and January 6
Booking

Booking Information for the Barcelona Card

  • You will receive the Barcelona Cards here for a favourable online price
  • Booking is really simple: select the product on the upper right and enter the desired number
  • Select the shipping method (mail or voucher by e-mail)
  • Then click on "Add to cart"

Free Time Selection and Validity of Tickets

  • Full flexibility: You can choose yourself from when you would like to use the Barcelona Card. Our voucher and tickets are valid the entire calendar year
  • Starting with the first use the Barcelona Card is valid for 72, 96 or 120 hours

Shipping

  • Shipping with the post (4.90 € shipping costs): This allows you to have your Barcelona Cards before your trip to Barcelona. No waiting time to pick them up. You are independent of the opening hours of the issuing offices.
  • Shipping by e-mail (free shipping): Immediately after booking you will receive the voucher, with which you can pick up your booked Barcelona Cards directly at the airport or at several locations in the city area (issuing offices stated on the product page Barcelona Card or on the voucher).
Cancellation

Cancellation Policy of the Barcelona Card

  • Booking without risk: unused Barcelona Cards received via post can be returned to us until January 15 of the following year, you will receive a full refund
  • The booking with shipping via e-mail can be cancelled up to six weeks after booking, however no later than January 15 of the following year
  • No cancellation fees

Das Museum CosmoCaixa

No less a figure than Albert Einstein welcomes visitors in the entrance hall of the modernisme (the Catalan art nouveau) building that once served as a factory. His statue by the information desk looks almost real.

Visitors are taken 30 metres down into the 5th basement floor in a gigantic spiral that winds around a tropical tree from the Amazon region, an Acariquara.

The CosmoCaixa is one of Europe's most renowned museums. It is operated by the social Foundation "la Caixa".

Interesting Information about Visiting the CosmoCaixa

The CosmoCaixa is not about looking, it is more of a hands-on museum with many things to try out in every corner. Different scientific disciplines are being explained didactically and interactively. You get the chance to explore physical, technical, geological, chemical and mathematical relations all by yourself in hundreds of experiments. Not only children enjoy discovering topics in the museum that are probably not the most popular ones in school.

Scientific Experiments at CosmoCaixa for Joining in

Once you are down in the basement floor, the first thing you see is an escalator that leads to a higher floor. But the CosmoCaixa wouldn't enjoy such a good reputation world-wide if you could not already see the first attractions: the outside of the escalator is made of glass so that you can look right into it and see how it works.

You probably have heard of the Foucault pendulum back in physics class? The more than 40 m long thread pendulum with a heavy iron ball demonstrates the earth's rotation. The pendulum moves and below it the earth rotates while the pendulum keeps swinging in a straight arc. This way, every couple of minutes the pendulum knocks over one of the little steles that are arranged around it in a circle. An original bob of the kind that Foucault used is exhibited as well.

In the lowest hall in the basement visitors can try out experiments from a wide range of scientific disciplines. In a vivid way you learn which kinds of waves exist and which kinds of waves there are in the sea. A wave simulator illustrates how waves form the shores.
Or you might want to produce a sand storm and see how sand dunes develop and move. Or you produce a tornado the eye of which you can even touch with your hands! There are many more interesting experiments with water and lots of optic and acoustic experiments.

The next section is all about geology. A model shows how the shape of a volcano develops. On the “mur geològic", the geological wall, you can examine different types of rocks, such as folded rock formations that can also be found in the Alps. In addition to that, there are numerous experiments that demonstrate how the respective rock formations develop.

There are also temporary science exhibitions in the museum CosmoCaixa. Anyone who wants to find out more about our cosmos can look up to the stars at the planetarium (an extra fee is charged). Ask about show times at the information desk.

On the spacious outside grounds you can picnic or experience some more physical experiments. The largest one consists of two satellite dishes, about 80 m away from each other, which show how easily sound waves are transmitted: one person talks into the satellite dish on one end and the other one can hear the words despite the distance between the two.

For good reasons the museum enjoys an excellent reputation. Not only children will enjoy the experiments. The museum is really worth a trip, but you should arrange enough time for it (at least 2 to 3 hours).

Why CosmoCaixa is Worth Visiting

Many scientific contexts and effects are usually very easy to understand, if you see them in a vivid experiment, for example, from the acoustics, meteorology, physics and other scientific disciplines. You won't find formulas and mathematical derivations, here you can try everything out yourself and learn directly with your senses.

Science is just a lot of fun here and a lot has become easy and understandable after the visit.


Book the Barcelona Card Here

With the Barcelona Card you get free admission to CosmoCaixa and many more attractions as well as free usage of public transport in Barcelona.
Please, enter the desired number of Barcelona Cards and choose the shipping method. The Barcelona Cards are valid for 72, 96 or 120 hours starting at first usage.
Barcelona Card 2018 (Adults) Desired quantity
3 days (72 hours) 45.00 € 42.75€
4 days (96 hours) 55.00 € 52.25€
5 days (120 hours) 60.00 € 57.00€
Barcelona Card 2018 (Children 4-12 Years)
3 days (72 hours) 21.00 € 19.95€
4 days (96 hours) 27.00 € 25.65€
5 days (120 hours) 32.00 € 30.40€
Please select the shipping method:
By e-mail (free shipping)
By post (€4.90 shipping and handling costs)


Important information

Address
Teodor Roviralta, 47-51
Phone: +34 932 126 050
www.fundaciolacaixa.es

Arrival
Metro: Av. del Tibidabo (FGC, L7), dann 800 Meter zu Fuß oder mit Bus
Bus Turístic: Tramvia Blau - Tibidabo, weiter mit Bus 196

Admission
Regular: € 4.00,
Free admission for children under 16 years

Free admission with the Barcelona Card.

Tips for the arrival to the CosmoCaixa

Use the FGC line L7 from Plaça Catalunya and leave at the last stop "Av. Del Tibidabo". Opposite you will see the station of the Tramvia Blau and two bus stops. From there take the bus 196 until you see the disused U-boat in the middle of the street. The striking building of CosmoCaixa is behind it.

You can handle the 800 meters to the Museum easy walking. Follow the tracks of the Blue Tram. After about 500 meters the rail branch to the left in the custody of the tram. Follow the tracks and go right past for about 200 meters to CosmoCaixa.

For the museum schedule about two hours.



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