Discover Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències

Science, nature and art in a complex devoted to scientific and cultural dissemination in Europe, placed in Valencia.

The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia is a unique complex devoted to scientific and cultural dissemination which is made up of five main elements: the Hemisfèric, IMAX cinema and digital projections; the Umbracle, a landscaped vantage point and car park; the Science Museum, an innovative centre of interactive science: the Oceanogràfic, the largest aquarium in Europe; the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, which takes care of the operatic programme, and the Ágora, which gives the complex a multifunctional space.

Along an axis of just under two kilometres that was formerly the bed of the River Turia, this complex promoted by the Generalitat Valenciana has striking architecture - designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela - and an endless capacity for entertaining and stimulating the minds of its visitors. In its various buildings they can get to know different aspects of science, technology, nature, and art.

The significant part placed by architecture has been possible thanks to the outstanding work of two Spanish architects of international prestige: Santiago Calatrava with the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía (Opera House), Hemisfèric (Imax and Full Dome), Science Museum, Umbracle, (Promenade and Car Park), and the Agora, and Félix Candela with the striking roofs of the main buildings of the Oceanogràfic (Aquarium). An architectural complex of exceptional beauty has thus been formed to harmonise the continent with the content. It is a city in which the light and sea of the Mediterranean coexist in a striking manner.

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It is a case of participating, interacting, and above all enjoying oneself with unique experiences, such as being surrounded by spectacular IMAX images on a screen of 900 square metres, becoming an astronaut and travelling to the International Space Station, taking part in a live scientific experiment or observing almost at arm’s length the numerous rows of teeth of several species of shark and learning to value and conserve these seriously threatened animals, among many other possibilities.

To sum up, the digital projections and the large-format films at the Hemisfèric, the interactive exhibitions at the Science Museum, and the bioeducational exhibitions of the Oceanogràfic combine to make up an outstanding interrelated offer which aims to satisfy the curiosity and the need for entertainment of the visitor.

Moreover, the City of Arts and Sciences also bridges the widely admired Mediterranean blue and white tradition of sea and light with the avant-garde architecture of Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela. Their bold strokes identify the capital of the Turia of the 21st century, which is the futuristic image that symbolises the new Valencia: a modern city within the age-old city which millions visit every year to enjoy its culture, nature, art, and science.