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Guide to the Granada Science Park (Parque de las Ciencas)

in Granada Municipality in Granada Province, Andalucia, Spain
By Nick Nutter | 13 Dec 2019
WOW exhibition Amazon rain forest Inside the butterfly house Reclining lizard Two toed sloths Observation tower

Parque de las Ciencas

Andalucia’s first interactive museum, Parque de las Ciencias, opened in 1995. It now covers 70,000 square metres. The park is divided into eight permanent exhibition halls and several temporary exhibition areas. The science park is a fun and educational day out for all the family.

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Foucault’s Pendulum

The park is entered via Foucault’s Pendulum Building. You are immediately confronted with, a Foucault Pendulum. These pendulums hang suspended by a long wire, the longer, the better. The suspension point of the pendulum (the hook in the ceiling) traces out a circular path each sidereal day. The maths is fascinating, but you will have to go to the science park to study it.

From the Big Bang

Next, you can walk through the evolution of the universe from the Big Bang to the present day, and there are some wonderful demonstrations of self-contained ecosystems.

The Human Body

A tour of the human body with explanations of genes, DNA, white cells, red cells and mutations is as captivating for adults as it is for children. Try the 'brainwave' machine.

Butterfly House

Outside you will find a dolmen tour in a replica dolmen and a maze composed of various herbs. The Butterfly House is a colourful distraction.

The Biodome

Inside again to the Biodome. Groups of people are allowed entry at predetermined times so make sure you have a time allocated when you pay for your overall entrance ticket. Glass walled aquariums enable you to see the wonders of coral reefs and beneath mangrove swamps before you ascend to above water level and walk through the mangroves and tropical vegetation. Vegetation and animals live in environments created to imitate the Amazonian rain forest, and the jungles of the Indo Pacific and Madagascar. Toucans and finches flit about while sloths and lemurs swing from the branches. Amphibians, including iridescent blue, green, yellow and red frogs live in enclosures set into the forest. Crocodiles while away the day in the pools.

Observation Tower

It is a short walk from the steamy heat of the jungles to the airy views obtained at the top of the 50-metre high observation tower. From the platform at the top of the tower, you probably have the best views over Granada.

The WOW Exhibition

The appropriately named WOW exhibition is a fantastic demonstration of the art of taxidermy. These are not just stuffed animals mounted on walls or stands. They are action shots, capturing a single moment in the life of the animals. A pack of lions prey on a herd of zebra, wolves take on wild boars, and leopards chase gazelle. A family of ibex look on from a rocky outcrop. Each tableau contains animals in mid-leap with no visible means to support them in mid-air until you realise that each one touches the next and that the whole is a balanced sculpture. If one animal fell, they would all fall. Symbiotic with the ecosystems in which they live that humans seem determined to destroy.

Science and Music

Moving on to the Hall of Perception. This area looks at the relationship between light and sound and how humankind, from the earliest days, has produced instruments that reflect that relationship. An enclosed space consists of projectors throwing vertical bars of blue and white light on a backcloth. As you pass through the area, you create airwaves that cause the light bars to, in turn, form waves. Those light waves are converted to sound. Harmony or discord, it is your move.

Workshops and Demonstrations

There are at least a dozen areas of particular interest ranging from a Forest of Senses to a study of the causes and prevention of accidents. Workshops and demonstrations happen throughout the day at set times. It is difficult to impossible to see and experience everything in one day.

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Go to: Granada province
Go to: Granada city

Museums in Granada municipality

Granada Archaeological Museum
Palacio Dar al-Horra and the Science in al-Andalus Exhibition

Places to go in Granada municipality

The Alhambra
The Royal Chapel

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Submitted by Sandra Fry on 17 Dec 2019
The WOW exhibition was brilliant, the way the animals were balanced, never seen anything like it before, The Biodome and animal house were great, but the flying demonstration was a disappointment, as most of the demonstration was done just at one end of the arena. The human body section would have been superb if it hadnt been for a group of school children running wild and screaming, i did speak to one of the attendants about controlling them, but was told it was always the same when the children arrived, teachers had no control. Overall we were impressed by the Science Park

Reply by Nick Nutter:
Hi Sandra, Thanks for the comment and I am really pleased you enjoyed the Science Park.

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Nick has lived and worked in Andalucia for over 20 years. He and his partner, Julie Evans, have travelled extensively and dug deep into the history and culture, producing authoritative articles on all aspects of the region. Nick has written four books about Andalucia and writes articles for other websites and blogs.

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