With its unique, modern design and interactive exhibits, the CosmoCaixa is frequently recognized as one of the best science museums in Europe. With hands-on displays and activities for both children and adults, the museum explores the earth through environmental and natural exhibits and the skies through its large, 3-D planetarium. There are educational experiments set up throughout, incorporating the senses of touch, smell, and sight.
Visitors enter the museum space (one of the largest in Spain) down an impressive five story winding staircase that ends at an Amazonian tree standing 30 meters tall. One of the most notable exhibits is the “Flooded Forest,” a replica of a tropical rain forest ecosystem in the Amazon with over 1,000 species present. The Geological Wall features cuts of rock formations from around Spain, and topics like evolution, intelligence, and physics can be explored in the Hall of Matter.
The CosmoCaixa museum is located at Calle Isaac Newton 26. It is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm. It is closed on Mondays. The nearest metro stop is Avinguda del Tibidabo or alternatively, buses 60, 73, 123 and 196 will take you there. Admission is €4 for adults and is free for children under 16 years old.