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Barcelona's Science Museum

Lattice exhibit as CosmoCaixa

Barcelona's once fuddy-duddy science museum was taken over by La Caixa bank and relaunched as CosmoCaixa in 2004. A new building was added to the attractive Modernista original (built as an asylum by Josep Domènech i Estapà in 1894) and filled with fascinating, interactive scientific exhibits.

There's a geological wall demonstrating the formation of rocks, a submerged Amazonian rain forest, a planetarium and weather station, and plenty for children including a special hands-on section for tots called Toca, Toca ('touch touch'). The frequent special exhibitions are excellent as well.

Outside the museum by the Ronda de Dalt there’s a full-scale model of Narcis Monturiol’s submarine.

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C/ Isaac Newton 26

Hours Tues-Sun 10am-8pm

Adm €4, under 16 free

FGC: Estació de Avinguda de Tibidabo, or take the Tramvia Blau.

+34 932 12 60 50

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: Börkur Sigurbjörnsson