CosmoCaixa is a museum designed especially for children, dedicated to everything related to science, biology and the universe. It started out as the Science Museum in Barcelona, but closed for renovations in 1998, reopening again in 2004.
Nowadays, it features a more modern approach to teaching science to kids. Its main goal is spreading knowledge in a very simple and fun way. It’s a perfect activity if you visit Barcelona with kids.
Visiting Cosmo Caixa
The kids will love the creative entrance to the museum: a circular slope descending 9 levels surrounding an equally tall tree, brought directly from Brazil’s Amazon jungle.
Right away, visitors are introduced to a Foucalt pendulum, a device that demonstrates the rotation of the Earth.
This is the beginning of one of the permanent spaces featured at Cosmo Caixa, where many physics experiments are explained in a very simple way, and all attractions are meant to be played with.
What to see at Cosmo Caixa
You can find interesting spaces at Cosmo Caixa such as “The Flooded Forest”, an amazing recreation of an Amazon rainforest. In there, over 100 native species from Brazil are living in over 1000 mt². Expect to see insects, birds, alligators and frogs, to name a few.
Inside an underground path, you can view how this creatures live, as well as see the underwater life of an Amazon river through an extensive glass wall.
The evolution of the universe is explained in the Hall of Materials, from the Big Bang to the laws of time and space. Also, in the Geological Wall it’s possible to see biological processes like erosion or the creation of faults in the earth.
For a fun experience, visit the Planetarium, where 3D movies explain the laws of the universe.
In conclusion, it’s a place where children can learn and have fun at the same time. Don’t miss the gift shop, full with cool science related toys!
Opening hours and price
The museum opens Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10.00 to 20.00h. It’s closed on December 25th, and on January 1st and 6th. General entry price is 4€. Free entry for children under 16.
How to get there
FGC Railway: Line 7, Av. Tibidabo Station.
Bus: #73, #196, #60
Address: Isaac Newton Street 26, 08022, Barcelona, Spain