Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe. Museum in City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia

Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe

Museum in City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia

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Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe is an interactive science museum that is part of the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain. This awe-inspiring building designed by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava (Wikipedia Article) to resemble a whale skeleton is the largest exhibition space in Spain. It was named after King Felipe VI of Spain, who was the Prince of Asturias at the time.

The museum is one of Valencia’s most popular attractions due to its diverse hands-on science exhibits and its fascinating architecture. It consists of three floors of exhibitions and the ground floor, known as the Calle Menor. Unlike the rest of the building, Calle Menor is open to the public free of charge. It houses the ticket office, restaurants, shops, auditorium, and a meeting hall frequently used for events. If the museum’s admission price isn’t within your budget, it’s still worth visiting to briefly explore Calle Menor since it often has free exhibitions on display.

Exhibits

Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe features three floors of interactive science exhibits, which focus on topics that include DNA, climate change, scientific research, famous scientists, and space.

Exploratorium

On the first floor, you’ll find the Exploratorium, where you can learn about natural phenomena through interactive exhibits that allow you to catch your own shadow and split beams of light.

Furnishing the World, Hand in Hand with Nature

This unique exhibit is all about wood, products made from it, and its importance in life throughout human history. It features three areas, which focus on forest management and the biological cycle of wood, wood products such as tools and instruments, and the use of wood in furniture. If you’ve always wondered how furniture is made, you can see the entire production process in this exhibit.

Kiddie Corner

The Kiddie Corner, known as L’Espai dels Xiquets in Valencian, is an interactive play area designed for children between the ages of four and seven. One of its most popular features is the giant incubator where baby chicks hatch from eggs every 10 minutes. Children can also learn about various animals and transform themselves into a baby kangaroo or a giant tortoise. Another highlight is the construction area, where children can work together to build and destroy houses using carts and cranes.

Calle Mayor

The Calle Mayor area of the first floor features a 15 m tall sculpture of DNA that you’ll definitely want to take a photograph of, as well as one of the longest Foucault pendulums in the world, which is 34 m long. It also contains an exhibition that seeks to dispel myths regarding climate change and explains its effects on the world we live in.

The Legacy of Science

The second floor is entirely dedicated to this detailed exhibition that focuses on the lives of three Nobel Prize-winning scientists through audiovisual displays. They are Spanish neuroscientist, Santiago Ramón y Cajal (Wikipedia Article), often considered the father of modern neuroscience, Spanish biochemist, Severo Ochoa (Wikipedia Article), who won the Nobel Prize for his synthesis of RNA, and French immunologist, Jean Dausset (Wikipedia
	Article), who received the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 1980.

The Chromosome Forest

One of the most fascinating exhibits in the museum is the Chromosome Foreston the third floor, which features 23 gigantic pairs of chromosomes that represent the human genome. Its displays teach visitors all about the human body, including the amount of water it holds, how blood travels throughout it, and what allows us to listen to sounds.

Zero Gravity

If you’re interested in space, you won’t want to miss this exhibition that was created with the European Space Agency. You can learn about space telescopes, current and future space missions being conducted by the ESA, see scale models of ESA space rockets, and view spectacular photos taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Space Academy

This interactive attraction allows visitors to experience the preparation of a space launch to the International Space Station. Over 30 minutes, you follow the directions of Spanish astronaut, Pedro Duque (Wikipedia Article), as you explore the space laboratory and enter a space flight simulator. You can purchase tickets for this exciting attraction at the ticket office.

Practical Information

Address: Avinguda del Profesor López Piñero, 7, 46013 Valencia, Spain

How to get there

You can reach Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe using the EMT, Valencia’s urban bus system. The 19, 35, 40, and 95 bus lines all go to the City of Arts and Sciences. In addition, Metrovalencia lines 3 and 5 are the closest metro lines to the City of Arts and Sciences. The nearest stop is Alameda, which is an approximately 15-minute walk.

Hours

Open daily from 10:00a0 feet and closes between 18:00p0 feet and 21:00p0 feet depending on the season.

Prices

Admission costs between €5 ($5.75) and €8 ($9.20) per person, with various discounts available for children, students, seniors, large families, and groups. If you plan to visit other areas of the City of Arts and Sciences, the most affordable option is to buy a combined ticket.

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Author: ehuttner. Last updated: Mar 17, 2015

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