I remember when I was little going to the Science Museum with my school class. I loved it, especially the Amazonian Forest and all these things you could touch and play with. Remember the electric ball that made you feel you had all the power in your hands?
The Barcelona’s Science Museum, or CosmoCaixa, is located in the uptown, surrounded by splendid villas. It’s quite an excursion to get there, but it’s definitely worth the view.
The museum is arranged around a 6 floor high staircase that goes in circles around a huge “tree”. It’s a sculpture by Catalan artist Enric Pladevall who spent over a year building this 23 meter-long “Tree of Life“.
As a grown-up I’d been back a couple of times, but I’ve always been kind of disappointed. Everything seemed smaller and less exciting. Not too long ago I had the chance to go back with a 2-year-old kid, and it was fantastic to see how excited he was. It made me see the museum as if I was a kid again, getting all amazed by the different devices like in a funfair.
Here you can see him playing as a DJ. Just by flipping over color cubes on a special surface, you were able to make different music sounds and feel like David Guetta.
Another activity that especially caught his attention was a facility where you could appreciate the decomposition of white light. Pushing 3 different buttons you could choose how many primary colors you wanted to see. You don’t need to understand the functioning of it to enjoy the scene:
We then arrived at the Forest in Flood, a replica of the Brazilian Amazonia, with a representation of its fauna and flora. We were all surprised by the size of fish. Trying to capture one of them I managed to take a photo worthy of appearing in Awkward Family Photos, with me and my cousin reflected on the aquarium wall.
The museum tries to make the Forest in Flood as similar to the Amazonia as possible, so a few times a day there is rain pouring over it. We were lucky to go on a sunny day so we could capture this beautiful double rainbow:
Before leaving we tried to get in the activities organized for little kids, but apparently we had to buy special tickets for those. It was a shame no one had told us in the entrance. So if you go there with little kids don’t forget to ask for the planetarium and the “Toca Toca” ( touch touch) which I believe are great for the little ones.