One of the most modern institutions of its kind in Europe.ul. Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20 (map)
We do not only look here, we experiment. On 22.000 m² one can carry out experiments, which make complicated natural phenomena understandable – and have great fun at the same time. The experiments are so exciting that several hours should be planned for them.
There is no prescribed visiting route, the visitors themselves decide, what they want to see and when. In the exhibition „The World on the Move”, for example, one can experience for oneself, how the astronaut Neil Armstrong must have felt, when he was standing on the moon. The exhibition „Re:Generation” makes us aware, what we are afraid of and why. The exhibition „Lightzone” is a perfect place for people who like crime mysteries and in the exhibition „Humans and the Environment” the visitor himself becomes the most important exhibit. Here we get to know the limits of our possibilities, the secrets of our senses and our body.
One of the greatest attractions is also the planetarium „The Sky of Copernicus”, where projections onto a dome screen surrounding the auditorium and modern multimedia technology give the participants the impression that they are travelling to the remotest corners of the cosmos, into the depths of an ocean or inside a volcano. A special show even allows us to return to the beginnings of life on earth.
Another curiosity of the Copernicus Science Centre is the „Electrobard”, an electronic poet, who writes poems on request and then recites them. The prototype for the manlike machine was a figure invented by Stanisław Lem in his series of short stories “The Cyberiad”.
Experiments can be conducted also in the open air, in the “Park of the Discoverers”, right on the banks of the Vistula. By means of the sound installations „Echo”, „Conference” and „Acoustic Mirror” we can communicate with each other from a distance. In the summer, popular science film projections and concerts are organised in the “Park of the Discoverers”.
The roof garden is scheduled to be opened in spring 2012. Its developers took their inspiration from the phenomenon of erosion. From bird’s eye view one can see, how the garden paths imitate the typical channels eroded by the water. The green roof is not only for decoration, it also absorbs noise, has a cooling effect in the summer and protects the building against heat loss in the winter.
From the roof of the Copernicus Science Centre one has a view on the Vistula and the Praga bank, the Świętokrzyski bridge, the national stadium and the neighbouring roof garden of the university library.
Tue.- Fri. 9 am-6 pm, Sat., Sun. 10 am-7 pm
regular - 25 PLN, reduced - 16 PLN, family ticket - 66 PLN