La Casa de la Ciencia - Science Museum, Seville

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La Casa de la Ciencia in the city of Seville, Spain is a centre for popularizing science.Along with a museum, the building houses the Andalusian headquarters of the Spanish National Research Council . CSIC is the largest public institution devoted to research in Spain, and the third largest in Europe. The building was opened to the public in 2008, with the goal of sharing knowledge acquired through scientific research. La Casa de la Ciencia aims to be a bridge between the scientific research community and the public, sharing contemporary scientific research and information on environmental issues. The museum achieves these goals by putting on various types of events, including exhibitions, conferences, seminars and workshops. The museum contains three permanent exhibits, one temporary exhibit and a planetarium.HistoryThe museum is housed in the Peruvian pavilion, a building of great beauty that was built in the Maria Luisa Park for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. In addition to being home to the offices of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas en Sevilla, the building also house the Peruvian Consulate. For twenty years the building was the headquarters of the Biological Station of Doñana and in April 2008 the city council of Seville provided a grant to renovate the building to create La Casa de la Ciencia. In April 2008 the city council of Seville provided a grant to renovate the building to create La Casa de la Cienca.BuildingThe building was designed by the renowned architect Manuel Piqueras Cotolí . Cotoli was born in Lucena, Córdoba but moved to Peru to study and became known for his buildings which blended indigenous and colonial architecture. These buildings include the Escuela Nacional Superior Autónoma de Bellas Artes, Pizarro´s Tomb in the Cathedral of Lima, and the Archbishop's Palace. The blending of architectural styles is easily visible from the outside of La Casa de la Ciencia, and many parts of the building share similarities with Cotoli’s Peruvian works.
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  • Interactive so great for kids (and big kids like me). Lots of info in English. Not too far from other tourist sights (walkable). Great value as well.
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  • I was not really interested to see the Science Museum for its content, but for its shell. It belonged to the iberoamerican exhibition of 1929 - there are several pavillons in the area - but this is a masterpiece. Inside and outside it is a melange of art and style mixed with spanish influences peruan fascination. Once the open courtyard is now closed, but the figures of lamas, penguins and jaguars sourrounding the yard is unique. If you go to the Plaza of Spain don't miss this pavillion. http://www.casadelaciencia.csic.es/pages/visitapabellon.php
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  • We came across this by chance and as we are both interested in science, said we'd go in as it was only 3 euro. If all of the exhibits were actually there it would have been good value - however upstai...  more »
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  • We visited the temporary computer science exhibition. Not very big museum but well adapted for the younger audience, many items to touch and try.
  • Fascinating building in rare pre-Columbian revival style, built for the Peruvian pavilion of the American-Iberian exposition. The museum itself is mediocre but has an interesting collection of cetean skeletons.
  • Quite good fun for an hour or so. Definitely worth a visit if you have kids.
  • unexpectedly the museum was closed. A little note on the front gate sait that it is closed untill the end of september.
  • Not the biggest science museum in the world and not got the money fit flashy exhibits, but it's still interesting and its heart is in the right place.

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