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Impressive, both inside and out

The futuristic City of Arts and Sciences, designed by the Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava is made up of the Palace of Arts, the Hemeisferic, the Oceanographic, and the Museum of Sciences, each loacted in incredible buildings.

The Palace of Arts: an impressive building houses the main hall, an auditorium, the Martin Theater, and the the Soler. The palace was created with the purpose of recognizing, supporting, and promoting music and performing arts.

The Hemisferic: Because of it’s peculiar design, it’s known as the “eye of wisdom”. Inside there’s a planetarium, and Imax theater, and the laser theater, all created to surprise visitors with fantastic displays of new technology.

The Oceanographic: considered to be the best aquarium in all of Europe, the Fun, Learning and Investigation Park, contains 45,000 specimens of over 500 different marine species. It’s divided into 10 different areas. The marine sections reflect various habitats, including: Mediterranean, Arctic, Antarctic, tropical seas, islands, and the Red Sea.

The Museum of Sciences: impressive both on the inside and out. The imposing building looks like a dinosaur skeleton. It’s a spectacular learning center for the public, displaying recent scientific and technological discoveries.
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It's equipped with an impressive structure

It is divided into 5 parts: L'Hemisfèric (IMAX film screenings, as well as Planetarium and Laserium), Museo de las Ciencias Principe Felipe (Interactive Science Museum), L'Umbracle, L'Oceanogràfic (the largest aquarium Europe) and the Palacio de las Artes Reina Sofía (dedicated to music and just the Performing Arts).

The complex was founded in 1998, but the last part of it, the Palais des Artes Reina Sofía (Queen Sofia Palace of the Arts) was inaugurated in the year 2005.

All parts of the complex are equipped with an impressive structure; you cannot visit Valencia without seeing this unique work of art.

We can also see "Esclectic" which is a spectacle in the middle of the water. Whoever wants to see it will have to wait until next time, as the final day for this season was July 27th.

Rates in peak season are:

L'Hemisfèric: adults - 7.50 euros, reduced - 5.80 euros.
Museo de las Ciencias Principe Felipe: adults – 7.50, reduced - 5.80 euros.
L'Oceanogràfic: adults - 23:30 euros, reduced - 17.60 euros.

The reduced rate is for children (up to 12 years), large families, pensioners...

In any case, it is much cheaper to purchase a voucher which allows entrance to 2 of the 5 parts of the complex.

For example, for L'Oceanogràfic and L'Hemisfèric the entrance is 25 euros for adults and 19 euros at reduced rate.

The timetable in the peak season is:

10:30 until 22:00 for the L'Hemispheric.
10:00 until 21:00 for the Museo de las Ciencias Principe Felipe.
10:00 until 24.00 for the L'Oceanogràfic.

All other times of year feature earlier closing times.
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This emblematic place was designed by...

This emblematic place was designed by Santiago Calatrava and Felix Candela and it was inaugurated on the 16 of April, 1998 and it is located at the end of the Jardín de Turia, the famous park of Valencia. The idea came from the professor Jose Maria Lopez Piñero, and soon the community of Valencia started to build it, creating a special place and point of reference to everyone that visits the city. The route published here is free of charge, and it is a special walk on the outside of the famous museums of art and science and the Oceanografic, and which allows you to see the special architecture. If you go by night you can appreciate the lighting. To get there you can take buses number 19, 35, 40 and 95. Enjoy your visit!
Juan Pons
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More beautiful in photos than in person

The most famous location in Valencia, with its trademark white buildings of Calatrava, is a collection of museums and buildings that promote culture. To visit the whole complex we must be ready to do a lot of walking, as not only is it quite large it is also very spacious, in addition to sometimes having to make unnecessary turns to get onto the street by the lagoon.

The off peak season schedule, which includes June, to me is very short, with museums closing at 19:00, when in peak season they close at 21:00.

Seeing it in pictures is much nicer than seeing it in person, being that the building are so large and monstrous that they almost hurt to look at, as well as that the photos are not affected by humidity and the damage that is generated over time.

A place to visit for its unique architecture and if we are interested in any of the exhibitions, but in my opinion the rest of Valencia is more interesting.
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You have to see it in person

One of the city’s most modern and emblematic monuments, located along the old Turia River. It’s known for its white mosaic style. It’s surrounded by water and is lit up at night, making it even more spectacular. Right next door are other equally striking monuments, created from the same material and designed by the same architect (Santiago Calatrava Vals), recognized worldwide for his works.

It’s not just a monument, but there’s also many parks, gardens, restaurants, zoos, recreation areas, and a lake, among other things, in the surrounding areas. Truthfully, it’s hard for me to explain places like this in words, you just have to see it for yourself!
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Information about City of Arts and Sciences

City of Arts and Sciences Phone Number
+34902 10 00 31
+34902 10 00 31
City of Arts and Sciences Address
Av. del Professor López Piñero, 7
Av. del Professor López Piñero, 7
City of Arts and Sciences Opening Hours
mon 10:00 - 18:00
tue 10:00 - 18:00
wed 10:00 - 18:00
thu 10:00 - 18:00
fri 10:00 - 18:00
sat 10:00 - 19:00
sun 10:00 - 18:00
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