Barcelona’s own Science Museum (Cosmocaixa)

December 7, 2006 at 2:36 pm 2 comments

Yesterday we decided to go and visit the Cosmocaixa. It’s Barcelona’s science museum and planetarium. We had discussed this with Jackie and Sebastian and since Jackie is a bone fide scientist, they were keen. This was the last month for the Einstein exhibit so I was really looking forward to it. I also found out that Sebastian was born in the same town that Albert was, such a small world. Anyhow, it turned out to be the perfect day for it, rainy and cool.

We took the FGC train from Placa Espana up to Tibidabo and then the 123 bus right to the museum. It’s an amazing place and because it was pouring I didn’t get any photos of the entrance in daylight but here’s one I took at night when we left.

To the right of this building is the main part of the museum but I thought that this building really had character.

Once we were inside though, we had to descend five stories on this circular ramp. In the centre was a 300 year old tree from the Amazon. This wood is so heavy is does not float. Cutting it is like cutting stone.

We descended the ramp all the while looking at different aspects of this tree. It grows between 30 and 60 metres tall, here’s looking up from about half way down.

and looking down to the roots……

Once we were down there I had to take a photo from right underneath, The steel cables holding this thing up were massive.

Once inside we wandered around the exhibits for about 4 hours. The main hall had many displays from the origins of life,

to the age of the earth, plate tectonics, geologic physics , the behaviour of light and much more.

At the end of the hall was a massive reproduction of the amazon jungle. I tried to get photos showing above the water and below but couldn’t capture the atmosphere of being there.

There were live animals and huge fish in this exhibit. Can you spot the birds in the photo above ? Very well coloured to hide from their prey.

They did an amazing job on this display. You can go into it via a tunnel and spot all kinds of different exhibits concerning the Amazon. It was interesting because Alex and I have been to the Amazon so we know what it’s like. At around 6:00 we headed to the planetarium to watch an exhibition called Genesis. We were all a bit disappointed in it though. Afterwards we went back to the displays and played around with the interactive ones. We finally leaft when we were asked to, since the museumwas closing. A departing photo ….
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We had a really good time and I will have to get back there sometime. Tomorrow, Alex and I leave for Lisbon for a few days so be sure to check back later. I should have lots of pictures to share.

Have a great weekend…

Entry filed under: Alan's Blog, Barcelona, Blog, Cosmocaixa, Science, Spain, Uncategorized.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Darmok  |  December 7, 2006 at 8:52 pm

    Looks like a very cool museum; I would love to see the Amazon exhibit.

    Reply
  • 2. Alan Bell  |  December 8, 2006 at 4:46 am

    Hey Darmok, the Amazon exhibit was amazing and very well done.

    Reply

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