CosmoCaixa BarcelonaMy rating: 4.5 stars+ Children (and adults) are encouraged to try things out at the CosmoCaixa – it’s learning by doing, a hands-on experience with science. And the price is good for families, too!
- Unfortunately, the CosmoCaixa is a bit far-off from the main sights. Their program is offered mainly in Catalan and Spanish.
Last updated: 22 Jan 2019 | Celine Mülich
Price of admission: 4 Euro, free admission for children under the age of 16 (not for school-classes) + first Monday of a month
BarcelonaCard: free admission (buy online) Audio guide: no
How to get there: Linie L7 (brown line): Av. del Tibidabo, then you go by foot around 10 minutes or you take the Bus 196 (Av Tibidabo-La "Rotonda“/ till the submarine)
And what's there to see?
“Explore, verify, be surprised”
The CosmoCaixa, a museum of natural sciences, has made this its motto. Come in for a visit, and prepare yourself to be amazed by nature, technology, and science – and be a scientist for a while, too!
The CosmoCaixa’s range is gigantic. You’ll find many different topics here - from depictions of ancient humans to an indoor jungle with animals, from electrical voltage tests to creating waves and sand storms. The basic principles of science can be explored in a playful and interesting manner at CosmoCaixa.
Apart from a planetarium for grown-ups, there are many child-friendly activities, too (however, the activities are offered only in Spanish or Catalan, sorry). For instance, there’s the family science laboratory named “Click”, or an area called “Toca, Toca”, where you can experience the flora and fauna of different areas of the world first-hand, by touch! These activities can be booked at the entrance for an additional fee.
Current exhibition: Roboter. Humans and the maschines until: no date
Photogallery of the Cosmo Caixa
A history of the Cosmo Caixa
The historic part of the building in which the museum is located was built between 1904 and 1909 by the architect Josep Domènech i Estapà, and was initially used as housing for blind girls. It’s a beautiful work of modernist architecture, with its simple red bricks and the wonderful, decorative mosaics.
In 1979, the building was expanded, and opened to the public in 1981 as a science museum called “Caixa”. In the following years, further extensions became necessary, until the museum had to be completely re-designed. The new part of the building, made of glass and located underground, was created by the architects Esteve and Robert Terradas.
In September 2004, the time had come for the most modern museum of its kind in Europe to open its doors: The CosmoCaixa. It has a total exhibition space of 50,000 m² (that’s almost 540,000 square feet!) and was named “European Museum of the Year” in 2006.