Opened by the President of the Regional Government of Valencia, Eduardo Zaplana, on the 13th of November 2000, Chairman of the Board of Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias at the time being José Luis Olivas, the company being under the management of Pilar García-Argüelles, the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum is a spectacular building covering over 40,000 m 2 designed to allow ordinary people to get closer to science and technology. It also has recreation and catering areas. Its opening consolidated the national importance of this complex.
With large areas that can be freely accessed, the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum provides a way in to all kinds of activities and initiatives relating to the evolution of life and scientific and technological education. It is a cutting-edge museum with interactive exhibitions that all share the philosophy of "Do touch, do think, do feel".
The almost 30,000 square metres of exhibition space framed by the stunning architecture of Calatrava are put at the service of the World of Science. The Museum's programme of activities regularly changes to cover different aspects of science and technology.
Parallel to the interactive exhibitions, the Museum also promotes the dissemination of as many science-related activities and publications as possible to foster opinions among the public.
The ultimate purpose of the Museum is clear: to improve the level of knowledge of the people who visit it, encouraging them to think and reactivating their critical skills.
The Museum takes part in the collaborative production of exhibition and educational material, as well as in the activity programmes of the world's most important science museums: the Exploratorium in San Francisco, the Cité des Sciences et de l´Industrie-La Vilette- in Paris, the National Science Museum in London, the Pacific Science Centre in Seattle, the Casa de las Ciencias in La Coruña and the Parque de las Ciencias in Granada. The Museum has created a Scientific Advisory Committee made up of seven Nobel prize-winners. Another twenty people with international professional, academic or scientific prestige make up the Museum's Committee of Experts.
The Príncipe Felipe Science Museum has become a landmark in the World of interactive science and one of the most visited museums in the country, bringing science and technology closer to audiences of all ages.
In addition it is worth mentioning that it has become the center of great meetings and international conferences.