Cosmocaixa: a place for the entire family in the city of Barcelona.
In one of my previous posts, I praised Cosmocaixa for being a wonderful kid-friendly destination. However, that was just a small glimpse of what it has to offer. If you haven’t seen that post yet, give it a quick read! It includes great ideas for a family-friendly trip to Barcelona. You’ll find it here: 5 Places To Go And Have Fun With Kids In Barcelona.
Our recent visit to Cosmocaixa turned out to be an absolute delight! The museum captivated our friends and family, especially our kids, who were enthralled by everything it had to offer – from the captivating dinosaurs and fascinating science experiments to the intriguing sections about the human body and the enchanting Flooded Wood.
You might be thinking, ‘Wow, you just told me everything about the museum. No need to see it now!’ Yes, that’s technically everything you’ll find, but…there’s a significant difference between reading a quick summary online and experiencing it for yourself. You have to see it in person to discover and appreciate all of its curious wonders. Trust me, my little ‘spoiler’ didn’t ruin anything.
There is also a fun (and challenging) memory game machine! The concept is to remember which card features the same image that you’re shown. Of course, the cards are flipped, so you’ll have to rely on a little brain power to find the right one. Of course, the machine always wins (hahaha!), but it’s still a ton of fun. We spent a few minutes there enjoying the game.
More Science in Cosmocaixa…so Cool!
After that, we headed over the main area, a place where you can lose yourself in vast collections of experiments and animals and wonderful oddities that you just won’t find anywhere else. It’s hard to understand all there is to see and do without visiting yourself. There, you’ll find experiments on pretty much everything from wind and ice to the general ways physics works. There is a part with the evolution of the human being, if you have any doubts, the staff explains to you about what is exposed. And then there’s the part featuring live microorganisms (such as bacteria) that discusses how they live. Then, a few more experiments with water, wind, and rocks.
Towards the end of this section, we discovered the fossilized remains of a T-Rex, a triceratops, and a few other dinosaur skeletons! And those are just the ones I remember best. The kids loooove this! We asked them a few questions and they already knew the answers; they just adore dinosaurs.
Cosmocaixa has a “forest”
Next up is my favorite part of Cosmocaixa, the Flooded Wood. The temperature difference is huge! The larger area is a bit cold, but once inside the Flooded Wood, it becomes very hot, almost tropical. I’m pretty sure that’s to accommodate the many species living there. The architecture is stunning! It’s part wood with the water right there in plain sight, almost close enough to touch. Then, you go straight to an aquarium featuring a variety of marine life. It’s super cool!
After finishing the Flooded Wood and Aquarium, there’s an entire section detailing the human body just before exiting. It discusses how the brain works, including its neurons and nerves. There are even displays of the human central nervous system featuring real nerves! How cool is that?! There are also examples of different types of brains, starting with a fish and finishing with a human.
I feel like a kid every time I go because the Cosmocaixa exhibitions change from time to time and there’s always something new to learn.
In case you couldn’t tell, I love this place! It’s one of my favorite Barcelona tours.
Thanks for stopping by to read my post and share my experience.
Till next time, see you in my next post!
Since is a bit far from Barcelona’s city center, I’ve included a map to help you find it. 😉