Parque de las Ciencias Granada
Granada's excellent science museum is located just two kilometres (or a 15-minute walk) south of the centre of the city on Avenida del Mediterráneo, opposite the Convention Centre. Probably the most stimulating museum for children in Andalucia, although be warned that large, noisy school groups come in term-time, from Tuesday to Friday.
Covering a massive 70km² site, divided into two main buildings (complete with solar panels, for both practical and educational purposes), temporary exhibition halls and an outside area, it takes visitors on a journey through our body, our mind and our world - with plenty of extremely useful English explanations.
The Macroscopio is the newest building at the park, with exhibitions covering themes such as the human body in the Journey into the Human Body Pavillion; the legacy of Al-Andalus' philosophers, engineers and scientists in the Al-Andalus Science Pavillion; technology,innovations and art in the Techno-Forum Pavillion; and finally the perception of risks in the workplace and in daily life in the Prevention Culture Pavillion. Interactive exhibits allow you to play with light and sound, get inside a giant kaleidoscope, handle electric circuits and experience the force of air. There is also the Museum Attic Exploration Hall for smaller visitors.
The Foucault´s Pendulum Building takes us into mechanics, physics, chemistry and geology through interactive displays - mulitply your reflection inside the 'Tunnel of Infinity' or even trap your shadow! For three to seven-year-olds, there is the Exploration Hall, offering games, toys and gadgets to discover and explore basic scientific principles in a hands-on way - well, they do say that the best way to learn is through play.
For a journey through the universe, head to the Planetarium, also housed in this building. 110 projectors are used to reproduce more than 7000 of our stars, with different 'shows' throughout the day. It should be noted that children under 5 are not permitted in the Planetarium.
And finally, don't miss the Natural Spaces Pavillion which focuses on the environment and its conservation in Andalucia's open spaces.
Outside, in the 27km2 of green space, you will find a hugely varied offering, with an Astronomy Garden, an Observation Tower, birds of prey demonstrations at the Flying Predators Workshop, a maze, Alice-in-Wonderland-style oversized puzzles, and the Tropical Butterfly Garden featuring over 20 different species.
There is a gift shop and a restaurant inside the oark. There is also plenty of parking available (1€ for the first three hours, 1,20€ for the following hours).
Tues - Sat: 10.00 - 19.00
Sunday: 10.00 - 15.00
Standard ticket: 7,00€ (+ 2,50€ for Planetarium)
Concessions Ticket : 6,00€ (+ 2€ for Planetarium)
(Under 18s, over 65s and groups of 15+ people)
School Ticket: 5€ (5.50 from September 2015) (+ 2€ for the Planetarium)
- By Foot: 15 minutes from the city centre
- By Car: Take the Camino de Ronda from the ring road (Circunvalación) Public parking is available at a reduced price for visitors to the Museum.
- Tourist & City Bus: SN5 (Direct to the park), S0 (Plaza de Las Américas), C5 (Alejandro Otero), SN1, SN2 y SN3 (Camino de Ronda-Jardín de la Reina, Camino de Ronda-Alcazar del Genil) U3 (The Ronda-Jardín de la Reina Avda. América 8-Centro Salud Zaidín Centro) LAC (Paseo del Violín) Autobús Turístico de Granada (Parque de las Ciencias)
Avenida de la Ciencia S/N
Tel: 958 13 19 00
Fax(+34) 958 13 19 00