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Thursday, 28 February 2013

Valencia, Spain: The City of Arts and Sciences - Page 3

Written by Julian Worker
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This museum is a combination of exhibit and hands-on experience allowing

people who learn in different ways. Its one thing to read that most humans have 39 feet of intestine but quite another to pull out an intestine-colored hose 39

feet long and then marvel how all that fits inside us. You can also find out

whether you are color blind and test your memory in a series of puzzles.    


The highlights on the first floor include a 15-meter high representation of

the double-helix balanced over a mirror, the Theatre of Electricity, and a

Foucault pendulum that almost imperceptibly travels around a circle. The only

way you know it’s edging around the circle is because the 34 meter-long

pendulum occasionally knocks a ball from one of the cups situated around the

edge of the circle; this act always happens when you’re not watching or have

gone to see another exhibit. What scientific law is being obeyed here?


I tried to find out the answer on the two floors above but was unsuccessful.

The second floor is devoted to the life and evolution of the research of three

Nobel Prize winners: Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Severo Ochoa and Jean Daussetes.


The third floor is the most varied of the museum. Valencia’s football team

is the third best in the country after FC Barcelona and Real Madrid and it

should be no surprise to find an exhibit illustrating the history of the club

and showing the trophies they’ve won and some kits worn by their more famous

players. This being a Science Museum though the club’s history is linked to

the health sciences and how technology has improved the materials used in the



There’s an exhibition of Marvel superheroes, which seems slightly

incongruous until you see there’s a ‘Zero Gravity’ interactive

exhibition close by. The larger part of the third floor is devoted to the

"Chromosome Forest" a large-scale reproduction of the 23 pairs of human



Next door to the Science Museum is The Hemisferic. This was the first building

in the City of Arts and Sciences to open to the public and is where IMAX films

are shown on a concave screen 900 square meters in size. The overall

construction is like a human eye with a roof measuring over 100 meters in

length. The large sphere, which appears like the pupil of the eye, is the

projection room. 


The final building is the Queen Sofia Arts Center, the last

one to open to the public in 2005. The shape is like a partially opened

pistachio nut whose upper middle third has been raised above the rest of the

outer casing or shell. The shell is made from laminated

steel covered by a ceramic layer. Inside the center are four venues, which can

host a variety of artistic endeavors ranging from major opera or ballet

performances to more intimate shows by smaller music ensembles. 

Spain   Valencia   City Of Arts And Sciences   Queen Sofia Arts Centre 


© Julian Worker


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