Well I just wrote a whole description and the app closed on me. Here goes again…
This is the Museu de Les Sciences at La Cuitât de Les Arts I Les Sciences (the center for Arts & Sciences) about a 5 minute walk from my hotel and a Valencia must see! It’s a lot like the exploratorium but with many specific exhibits inside that rotate throughout the year.
First is the arched arboretum Les Jardins de Real that you walk through to get there. It was beautifully lined with rosemary plants, orange trees and palm trees. There was a newly wedded couple taking photos and it made me miss the wedding biz for about 30 seconds until I realized that I’m in Spain and then i didn’t miss it anymore.
The water installation with the hemisphere building is really spectacular and you can rent standing paddle boards, row boats, and bicycle boats to go around.
Upon entry, I stopped at the cafeteria for an americano and a bocadillo de chorizo - a small baguette and chorizo sandwich since I missed the hotel breakfast.
First exhibit was “Music & Science.” Clearly, they knew I was coming. Ha! Did you know Einstein was a prolific violinist before discovering science? When you first walked in there was a circular monitor to display sound waves as they played samples of different kinds of music. There were many sound displays and even real preserved vocal cords - creepy. Instruments from different time periods were displayed - everything from none xylophones to music boxes and phonographs.
Next I saw bugs, cockroaches, spiders and baby chicks that had just hatched! I was so enamored I forgot to take a picture.
The exhibit about the human body was fascinating. Learning that each specific chromosome is directly correlated to certain behaviors or physical traits. Information about the heart, lungs, genes, etc was all really interesting.
Contagion was a scary exhibit about germs and viruses and mutations. What a rude relevant reminder! Interestingly enough, there were different drawers you could open to learn things about how our hands spread the most germs. Was this some weird ironic test? I passed on that. This is where I saw the post about rumors and why people commonly spread negative rumors.
The exhibit about Mars was meh. I don’t understand why we need to explore the idea of taking over another planet when we can’t take care of this one.
My favorite was the exhibit about memory - How and where our brains store different types of memories. I loved that one.