Over 300,000 visitors at the City of Arts and Sciences over Easter

Apr 25, 2006

The City of Arts and Sciences has received over 300,000 visitors over the Easter holidays, the busiest day being Good Friday, with a total of 33,102 visitors. The Príncipe Felipe Science Museum had 148.,434 visitors, L’Oceanogràfic 114,507 people and L’Hemisfèric was at 100% capacity with 42,091 visitors, leading to extra sessions on the 14th, 15th and 16th April.
Over 300,000 visitors at the City of Arts and Sciences over Easter

In terms of the visitors’ place of origin over this period, 86% were from outside the Valencia region. Of these, 18% were foreign visitors, mostly English, Italian, French and German, and 68% were from other regions of Spain, mainly Catalonia, Madrid, Andalusia, Castilla-León and the Basque Country. The remaining 14% were from the Valencia Region. 

Visitors who came to the City of Arts and Sciences were able to go to L\'Hemisféric, which celebrated its eighth anniversary on the 16th April, to see the first large-format Spanish feature film “Mystery of the Nile”, as well as “Forces of Nature”, “Dolphins” and “Adrenaline” and the planetarium shows “Other Worlds” and “The New Star”.

Among other events, the Science Museum is holding an exhibition entitled “Living Bones”, which educates the visitor on the anatomy and biology of bones, as well as on how important it is to look after them to prevent osteoporosis. "Memory" is an exhibition co-produced with the Exploratorium in San Francisco, which covers the topic of memory from different perspectives: biological, personal and cultural. “Living bugs” is another exhibition in which visitors learn about the characteristics of 12 different species of insects, such as the Malayan jungle nymph, the giant stick insect of Thailand or the giant beetle of Madagascar. Over the holidays, the public has also been able to take part in educational workshops on neurones; the Herat; DNA; the art of tying knots or footprints of the past, which helps us to distinguish fossils from ordinary stones.

Finally, visitors to L’Oceanogràfic have been able to look at the various installations and spaces representing the planet’s main marine ecosystems, from the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, and continental waters to the icy waters of the Arctic, the Antarctic and temperate and tropical habitats. They could also see the photographic exhibition "NorthSouthEastWest" which displays pictures taken in twelve different locations by some of the most prestigious photographers in the world who work for the Magnum agency. The photographs illustrate the impact of climate change and the solutions that are being implemented to reduce CO2 emissions.