The best programmes and activities (not to be missed) at the City of Arts and Sciences

Apr 11, 2014

Take a stroll through 'Chromosome Wood', listen to the song of the beluga whales or wonder at the magic of the ‘The Little Prince ' at the Hemisfèric
The best programmes and activities (not to be missed) at the City of Arts and Sciences

Take a stroll through 'Chromosome Wood, listen to the song of the beluga whales or wonder at the magic of the ‘The Little Prince ' at the Hemisfèric

Visitors to the City of Arts and Sciences can enjoy a wide range of programmes and activities among the exhibitions of the Science Museum, the programme of the Hemisfèric, and the exhibitions of the Oceanogràfic and the Umbracle. Below are just a few of the best ideas that should not be missed if you visit the complex over the coming days:


- Space Academy recreates through the movement simulation three stages in the preparation for the space launching until the International Space Station. Guided by the voice and the image of the Spanish astronaut Pedro Duque, visitors cross the space laboratory, the launching elevator and the airlift that allows the access to the space flight simulator.

- See the most curious sea creatures at the Oceanogràfic: Besides visiting the dolphins, seals and sharks, the Oceanogràfic also has less well-known animals in its aquariums such as the majestic leafy seadragons, the Japanese spider crabs or the ocean sunfish and, in particular, the inhabitants of ‘deep Blue’- fish like the John Dory fish with their attractive spines , the blue banded goby and pineapplefish, with their spectacular yellowish scales, the slipper lobster, the gorgoniidae or the strawberry anemones.

- The anthill of the Science Museum: Did you know that ants are the animal with the biggest brain in relation to their size that are capable of lifting 50 times their own weight? Discover the colony of Atta Ants de Hormigas Atta at the Museum. They cultivate their own fungi!

- Stroll through 'Chromosome Wood': the third floor of the Museum is devoted to the Human Genome, with a large-scale representation of the 23 pairs of chromosomes. Surprises and the occasional shock await the visitor in the interactive modules that surround each chromosome.

- Watch a film at the Hemisfèric, such as 'A Turtle’s Tale 3D+The Little Prince 3D' or 'Hidden Universe'.

- Let yourself be wrapped up in the images of the cube in 'Zero Gravity' in the Museum.  

- Enjoy the panoramic views of the roofs of the Oceanogràfic and the central lake with its wildfowl from the Antarctic square or from Wetlands. You’ll get the best photos there.

- Go round the 'Garden of Astronomy' at the Umbracle. There are modules to help you to understand several basic concepts, such as the apparent movement of the stars, the difference between solar time and civil time or between longitude and latitude, when solstices and equinoxes occur, what solar declination is, etc. And we do this in an interactive and fun way, because there are few things that arouse our curiosity more than observing the sky.

- Marvel at living corals while you look for Nemo in the Tropics hall of the Oceanogràfic or experience the sea from the centre of a wave in the Mediterranean aquarium: the feeling of entering into the very heart of waves is possible in "Breakers". Through a tunnel, you gain access to the aquarium itself.

- Enjoy the open air terraces, and - why not? - take, as a souvenir, a photo with the Hemisfèric and the Science Museum in the background, one of the most photographed points identified with Valencia.