ALTERNATIVE! MUST SEE/DO in BARCELONA, Spain vol. 1: COSMOCAIXA and its Tyrannosaurus Rex “TRIX”

in life •  2 years ago  (edited)

Today we are going to discover a different side of Barcelona.
If you like the curious part of yourself, you never have enough of making experiments and you enjoy learning new stuff about science, this place is definitely for you! :)
Cosmocaixa - the Museum of Natural Science!

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While discovering Barcelona’s most iconic places is always a good start, Barcelona has much more to offer! Although in general when I think where the best museums in Spain are, I see Madrid, Cosmocaixa in Barcelona is a place worth your time.

Cosmocaixa.

Cosmocaixa is a science museum in Barcelona. Its location - beautiful neighbourhood of Tibidabo – makes the visit even more worthy as Tibidabo is an area overlooking Barcelona what means it assures great views!

The history of the museum goes back to 1981 when it was founded as the Science Museum of Barcelona. Later, after its renovation and adaptation to new technologies, it was reopened in 2004 as Cosmocaixa. The museum is run by “la Caixa” Foundation (“la Caixa” is Spain's third largest financial institution!).

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The building.

The building itself is, as many others in Barcelona, an interesting piece of architecture! Build between 1904-1909 by the architect Josep Domènech i Estapà, this particular building is representing Catalan art nouveau and at first served as housing for blind girls. This modernist edifice uses red bricks and decorative mosaics to charm its visitors.
The Museum consists of a spacious external part where people can sit, enjoy the sun and kids can play or do physical experiments! When I was there my first impression was exactly this- that area around Cosmocaixa is very lively and full of kids running around and having fun!

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Exhibitions.

Cosmocaixa is a place where children and adults can learn about the world of science by interactive activities and many interesting experiments! You may, for example, produce a sandstorm or a tornado. Fun, fun, fun!

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Highlights of exhibitions include the Flooded Forest (Bosc inundat), which recreates 1,000 m2 of an Amazonian rainforest ecosystem and features piranhas, crocodiles and other animal and plant species typical to the zone; the Geological Wall, comprising seven spectacular sections of real rock which illustrate the world's different geological structures; and the Room of Matter, An enthralling journey through the evolution of matter and life on our planet, with experiments, real pieces and living beings. Finally, the Planetarium invites you to take a journey through space and time, past the stars and planets of the firmament. The CosmoCaixa also offers other areas, exhibitions and activities related with Science for children, adults, and families: the Clik and Flash, the Touch, touch!, the Bubble Planetarium and other workshops for families.
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I was visiting Cosmocaixa with some friends and they particularly liked the Amazonian rainforest being recreated. But to be honest with you, guys, for me it was the saddest part of the Museum. I hate seeing animals trapped in small places, whether it is an elephant or a turtle.

Cosmocaixa is proudly informing about its adaptation to people with different needs, by applying, among others: The audio description, the magnetic induction loop, the information in braille and allowing the entrance of Guide dogs.

TRIX, the TYRANNOSAURUS.

As a temporary exhibition Cosmocaixa allows their visitors to experience an one-on-one contact with the Tyrannosaurus Rex!
“TRIX”, or his skeleton to be more precise, was found in Montana, in the USA.
What makes this dinosaur so special? Just imagine – it is one of the 3 most complete skeletons ever found! With half of its own bones and without being deformed!
No wonder Trix was the main attraction of the museum for both older and younger children. ;)
Unfortunately, this exhibition is available only until 18th of February 2018. So hurry up my friends!

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Some practical information:

Address: Isaac Newton, 26, Barcelona, Spain
Official website: cosmocaixa
Timetable: From Monday to Sunday, from 10 am to 8 pm.
Price of admission: 4 Euro
free admission:
*for children under the age of 16
*first Monday of a month
*for clients of “la Caixa”

I truly love that nowadays the science museums (among others!) become so interactive! This is the easiest and most pleasant way to learn, understand and remember facts. (Obviously, I do not talk about the places where the form excesses over the substance, where there is nothing innovative, creative or simulating, just the glut of technology.)

Do you know any museums or other institutions that you could recommend to us?

Sending joy!
Kasia

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Thank you for this in depth guide on what to see and do in this magnificent city!

I hope you will enjoy the city!!😎

I was in BARCELONA and i visited there. Amazing place.

You did a great job with the camera and with your writing. These photographs are really beautiful.

I visit museums all around the world. I liked the Victoria and Albert Museum most. I wish you visit there soon and can posts some visuals to all steemians. It's really amazing.

Thanks k-a-s-i-a.

Thank you for your comment and your recommendations!☺ those 2 are on my list since ages😅

Wow that's awesome, I always think, that this creature has been in existence before, and have always wanted to see the way it really looks like not the way I see it in movies nice post I have the address of this place now I will see it my self one day thanks for sharing, nice one

Yes, we should profit and visit museums that exhibit those amazing creatures!

Look at those teeth amazing post

Thank you☺

My greetings to you I have already visited the city of Barcelona is a city is a great sense of beauty that deserves
The most beautiful places that impressed me
Sagrada Familia, La Rambla, Joel and Barcelona Zoo
Accept my greetings

Good luck in exploring more cities like Barcelona!☺

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Thank you☺

Wow..... Never new this part of Barcelona..... Only thing that comes to mind when Barcelona is mentioned is Lionel Messi..... Thanks for unlocking this part of Barcelona

With pleasure!! Cheers!😎

I am sure turtles and fish don't mind.

We may have different opinions☺☺

They live in the moment, mostly concerned with eating, mating and staying the right temperature.

I love Barcelona. The football, lifestyle, meal. Its a great city.

It's an amazing city!😍

Barcelona is the city of my dreams . I wish I visited it some day. It is amazing the number of theathers , museums, churches and universities this city offers to their citizens and visitors. I love the way the city was designed and how people from Barcelona are proud of their city. Great description of the city . Beautiful pictures

I hope you will very soon!! 👍☺☺

I Gope a Nice...

I hope a nice place goes here

I wish I could travel to this place one day. whenever I hear Barcelona the only thing strikes in my mind is football then Messi flashes in my brain

Once you're here you understand what Barcelona is all about and why so many people are in love with the city. 😎☺☺

I would like to visit Spain

Good luck☺

I have come to great places here

Indeed!☺

We stayed in Barcelona for just one day. But it is a place to come back and viits the cosmocaixa !

So many places to visit in Barcelona! Hope you will do it soon!☺

Nice photography...

Thank you!☺

very nice photography

Thank you!☺

Wow, these photos are great and I appreciate the in-depth yet brief travel guide, in a way. Well done, and thank you @k-a-s-i-a as I would love to travel to Barcelona one day and now have a better insight of great sight I should see, places I should visit. Thanks!

Thank you and good luck!☺

Great shots! Ive had a few friends tell me to check the place out, hopefully this is the year for it :-D

Good luck!☺

Love the combination of old and new buildings. And who can say no to Dinos. We're lucky to have one of the biggest dino museums in the world near us. The Royal Tyrell.

Indeed, you re pretty fortunate! 😉☺

Fajne to muzeum - trzeba będzie kiedyś zobaczyc.

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Oh my God. What an exhibition! I hope this event were held when I was there 5 months ago. 😅 But Camp Nou was worthed. I have share about Camp Nou Experience Tour & Museum as well.

I love visit spain .