If you’re visiting Barcelona in the company of youngsters – say, between the ages of 4 and 14 – then a visit to CosmoCaixa is a must-do. And you’ll enjoy it too. In terms of both educational and entertainment value it’s probably the best museum in the city, and was voted the best science museum in Europe. There are hundreds of buttons to press, levers to pull, and amazing things to gawk at. And there’s acres of space both inside and outside for the little ones to run around when taking a break from flashing lights and factual overload.
The star exhibit is the Amazonian rainforest which hosts over 100 species of animals, insects and plants including anaconda snakes, poisonous tree-frogs, crocodiles and flesh-eating fish. You’ll see a sign which tells you to not dip your dibs in the water… the carnivorous fish will mistake your fingers for juicy sausages … so, you get all the thrills as are to be had at an aquarium plus a slight frisson of danger.
Don’t worry – all the exhibits and interactive experiments are labelled in English.
The planetarium is well worth a visit, and the staff will provide you with free headphones to experience the English soundtrack. With five floors and temporary exhibitions, café, restaurant, gift shop and outdoor areas to explore you could easily spend 4 hours or more having fun and learning stuff. Highly recommended.
FREE admission on the first Sunday of every month.