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This museum belongs to the City of Arts and Sciences complex. The building was designed by Santiago Calatrava and reminds a whale skeleton. This is one of those museums where forbidden NOT to touch. It is orientated to learning the sciences through experience, so everything is graphically displayed, with huge texts and pics, experiments, buttons to touch and experience... perfect to go with kids of 7-12 years!
The ground floor includes the "Science on Stage" and "TV Studio". On the first floor of the Museum the public can find interactive science exhibitions, where they can experiment with fun modules as "Exploratorium", "Furnishing the world, hand in hand with nature or "Children Space". The first floor which houses an artistic representation of DNA in the form of a sculpture 15 metres in height, the Foucault Pendulum, which at 34 metres is one of the longest in the world, and the climatic change, and exhibition that brings together a series of graphic panels, interactive modules, audiovisuals, and other objects that show visitors various aspects of the concept, the reasons for it, historical data, its consequences, etc.
The second floor is devoted to the exhibition "The Legacy of Science". A chronological sequence based on audiovisual material reveals the life and evolution of the research of three outstanding Nobel prize winners: Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Severo Ochoa y Jean Dausset. On the third floor of the Museum the public can explore the impressive "Chromosome Forest", with over 2,600 square metres devoted to the biggest milestone in modern science: the sequencing of human DNA. There is a large-scale reproduction of the 23 pairs of chromosomes of the human species. Other interactive exhibitions on this floor also include the "Zero Gravity", created jointly with the European Space Agency, the "Space Academy", an interactive module that reproduces by means of the simulation of movement three stages in the preparation of the space launch to the International Space Station, o Science and Sport with Valencia CF.
Low season (from 02/01 to 30/06 and from 17/09 to 30/12): 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
High season (from 1/07 to 16/09): 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
To visit the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum may take an average of 3 hours and the Oceanogràfic approximately 4 hours, depending on your level of interest and motivation. Sessions at the Hemisfèric generally last about 45 - 50 minutes. The visit to the entire complex can be done in a single day, but to enjoy a more relaxed visit we suggest to take two or three days.
The City of Arts and Sciences is open 365 days of the year. The Museum and the Oceanogràfic both open to the public at 10:00 and you can then visit at any time you like. At the entrance building to the Oceanogràfic, next to the information point, we have a left-luggage service where you can leave your luggage or other belongings. It costs 2€ per day and no pre-booking is required. At the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum we have a free cloakroom service but it does not accept luggage or similar items.
SCIENCE MUSEUM's FEES
REDUCED, applicable to:
Children from 4 - 12 years old. Free admission for children from 0 to 3 years old.
Over 65s and/or retired 65 on presentation of supporting document.
The disabled person with supporting document.
From Monday to Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 00:30 a.m.
Rates for cars: charge for actual time 2,00 €/h. Maximum cost 22 €/day.
Rates for coaches: charge for actual time 2,30 €/h. Maximum cost 24 €/day.
The exterior of this museum captivates the visitor in its own right. The building is magnificent in its proportions and organic shapes and houses a multitude of activities and initiatives related to the evolution of life and scientific and technological dissemination.
The Science Museum Príncipe Felipe, the work of the Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava, is unique in the world for the geometry of the building, its structure, the materials employed and the constant presence of nature within it.
In the Museum building, architecture, engineering and art have a close relationship, both with the world of science and technology and with several basic principles: simplicity of approach and elegance of architectural forms. Hence, in the Museum building, the contents and the container achieve an overall coherence.
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