Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias

Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias

Speciality Museums • Science Museums • Aquariums
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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DISCOVER THE CIUTAT DE LES ARTS I LES CIÈNCIES. Science, nature and art in a complex devoted to scientific and cultural dissemination in Europe, placed in Valencia. The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia is a unique complex devoted to scientific and cultural dissemination which is made up of five main elements: the Hemisfèric (IMAX cinema and digital projections), the Umbracle (a landscaped vantage point and car park), the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum (an innovative centre of interactive science), the Oceanográfico (the largest aquarium in Europe with over 500 marine species) and the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía (which takes care of the operatic programme). The Ágora gives the complex a multifunctional space.
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OdieUK
Dorset, UK211 contributions
Apr 2022
I booked my tickets in advance. Their are numerous sites offering different package deals, but I would recommend either booking direct or through the tourist information site.
Watch out for the Wednesday bargain tickets which even though only offer limited access are great value. Their are also discounts for seniors and reduced mobility visitors.

I arrived at the complex approximately 45 minutes in advance of opening. This gave me an opportunity to take photos with very few other visitors around. However, this is a very popular attraction, and it soon gets very very busy.

The cafes are constantly busy, but I found them reasonably priced.

You really do need more than one day to visit all the different elements. Plan carefully and you will get the most out of your ticket.
Written April 29, 2022
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Graham C
United Kingdom125 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
The City of Arts and Sciences is a collection of stunning modern buildings that are like a magnet if you visit Valencia. We kept being drawn back to them. You can wander around the outside of most of them for free (apart from the aquarium), and inside some, but there is an entry fee for the science museum exhibits (not great), the Hemisferic films (worth a look) and the guided tour of the massive opera house (recommended). The site is impressive by day or night.
Written June 27, 2022
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lucy4414
Lakenheath, Suffolk893 contributions
Oct 2021
This was our second visit and once again we were overwhelmed by the buildings. It’s an incredible place with many opportunities for excellent photos.
This time we went in the Science Museum. I expected it to be mostly for children and that we would be out after about an hour. But we stayed nearly 3 hours.
We particularly enjoyed watching the ant colony and the Mars exhibition was fabulous.
Everything was very clean.
As someone else said, the drinks were rather pricey and at the cafe outside we were disappointed to see no recycling bins.
This really is a must see place for anyone visiting Valencia.
Written October 7, 2021
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Chrissy
8 contributions
May 2022
The architecture and the environment are truly worth a visit. A walk or a cycle there and a picnic on the grass opposite the tranquil pools would be great - and well worth a visit on a sunny afternoon. You can also stroll around inside the buildings without entering any of the "exhibits/events"

I would not recommend spending money to enter any of the so called "events" there. They are really not worth the time or the money and the films shown are what you could have seen on TV well over a decade ago.
If you have young children and want to keep them occupied for an afternoon it might just fit the bill. But for adults with even minimal scientific knowledge, forget it - it will only disappoint.

The displays and installations are from the last centaury and really require an overall update for this place be actually called a "science park". Think of the TV program "Tomorrows World" 30 years ago.
To make things worse, there are no maps or information either on how to navigate the place or tell you what's on offer. There are 2 eateries; a bar and restaurant which are both basic and non atmospheric.
Overall an architectural delight and a lovely tranquil place for a stroll and a picnic but definitely not a "science park" in our opinion. I really wouldn't waste your time or money.
Written May 2, 2022
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Egle V
London, UK37 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
Lots of the exhibits are broken, half the information is not translated to English, there is no information about the difference in opening times between oceanographic and science museum, nowhere at the entry is it indicated, the website is poorly translated and is difficult to navigate and understand. Staff speak very poor English. We ended up missing most of what we wanted to see and had our experience completely ruined because the only place it said the oceanographic closed at 16:00 was the small print on the pdf ticket which I only used because the space simulator tickets did not exist for apple wallet which I used for the main entry. Overall a very disappointing experience and a waste of my money. I would warn all non Spanish speakers to steer clear of this overpriced tourist trap.
Written December 31, 2021
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popple7
Leicester25 contributions
Sep 2022
Amazing buildings in the area. But the science museum is style over substance. They could have fitted 50% more exhibits, temporary events etc. As areas empty.

Also need to have an actual audio guide, not downloading onto your phone as the QR code wasn't working.

Again, poor signage was letting the place down.
Written September 18, 2022
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Alfred V
Amsterdam, The Netherlands2,822 contributions
Apr 2022
This breathtaking collection of Calatrava buildings have a huge dwarfing effect. The complex covers around two kilometres of the former riverbed of the River Turia. .

The Opera House, Planetarium/IMAX Theater (Hemispheric Theater) and Príncipe Felipe Science Museum, the bridge and the Aquarium form a linear sequence from west to east. Another structure, known as L’Umbracle, is a promenade and parking garage, built within an open arcade (like a winter garden).
Written April 28, 2022
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June A
Surrey, UK2,438 contributions
Apr 2020
This is so much more than a city of arts and sciences, but a work of art in its own right. The architecture and the layout of the entire complex is just amazing and unlike anything I have seen or experienced - you have to come here and see for yourself. I strongly recommend walking here through the Turia Gardens - it only takes around 45 minutes or so from downtown and there's lots to see in the gardens as well, with some stunning bridges along the way.

Admittedly the inside exhibitons are a bit of a let down, but its worth the walk to see the outside alone. I would have loved to have seen an opera here, but you have to have a reason to come back!
Written March 29, 2021
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Ian K
Chelmsford, UK115 contributions
Jun 2022
A truly impressive and spectacular sight. Just to wander around the perimeter of these architectural gems makes a great day. You can buy a joint ticket for the Oceanografic and the Ciencas but you will need more than a day to do them justice.

Not to be missed!
Written June 26, 2022
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fuscobal
Bucharest, Romania250 contributions
Jan 2022
I guess this would be one of the wonders of the modern world. Calatrava did an outstanding job as this is perhaps the most complex architecture I have ever seen. As a civil engineer I cannot even imagine what brain can visualize such complex design from scratch. Construction spanned over 15 years (1991-2006) and the final cost was about 1.2bln Euros. The project also has 3 towers 200-300m high which are yet to be built (they have been put on hold due to outstanding engineering challenges and budget.
Written January 20, 2022
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