The Copernicus Science Center, in Warsaw, Poland, offers an exciting way for visitors of all ages to learn about science on their own terms. The center focuses on all different angles of science, even offering a live electricity theater and outside exhibit space.
Copernicus was established in 2005, with the first physical building opening five years later in 2010 (featuring only five exhibit galleries). Since then, the building has grown in leaps and bounds every single year they have been open. They have welcomed more than one million visitors through their front doors on a yearly basis, with over five million visiting since they opened. The Science Center receives both private and public funding, both from admission fees and governmental grants.
Permanent Attractions and Exhibitions
Copernicus is made up of over 400 different permanent exhibits, in addition to the High Voltage Theater and the Majsternia workshop area. The Science Center also is home to the Discovery Park and the Planetarium (Heavens of Copernicus).
- High Voltage Theater - Located in the Experimental Zone section of the Science Center, this “theater” leads guests into a Faraday cage that will keep them safe from the ensuing electromagnetic field. From the cage, visitors can see the Van de Graaff generator and will be able to physically hear the atmospheric discharges happening around them. There are a variety of shows offered in the High Voltage Theater, including Thunderstorms, Electrons in Action, and A Champion Duel.
- Majsternia Workshop - The workshop is essentially a huge area for visitors of all ages to come and interact with hands-on exhibits meant to further their understanding of science. Guests are asked to use the materials provided, including paper clips, erasers, pencils, and other common items, to solve problems. Challenges range from creating a flying object to carrying an egg. There are no time limits.
- Re: Generation - Guests over the age of 14 will enjoying exploring this exhibit, which teaches them about the world of emotions using sociology, neurobiology, psychology, and technology.
- Bzzz! - Intended for the youngest guests to the Science Center, Bzzz! was built specifically for children under the age of five. Designed for unrestricted interactive play, this exhibit lets kids get down on the ground to crawl like a snake, stack blocks only to knock them over, or play in the water with adult supervision.
- Planetarium - The Planetarium is an exciting way to introduce guests to the science of space. Learn about the weather, try on a space suit, look out the International Space Station’s window, the entire galaxy is ready to be explored.
- Experimental Zone - The majority of the Science Center exhibits are located in the Experimental Zone, which takes up the entire first floor. The area is divided into two different sections - the eastern area that focuses on “man,” and the western area that focuses on “nature.” Together, the exhibits tackle a single issue from multiple perspectives, including fluids, simple machines, and waves and vibrations.
- Park of the Discoveries - Located just outside the Science Center’s doors is the Park of the Discoveries. This green space allows visitors to relax beside the Vistula River, an outdoor cinema, and sound experimentation areas.
The Science Center is the perfect place to bring students to help them learn about science in a way that is even more catered to their specific lesson plan and learning levels. Preschoolers will enjoy Bzzz!, the planetarium, and nature exhibits. They will be given special, reflective vests to wear during their visit due to the size of the Science Center. Older students, through high school, will enjoy the RE: Generation exhibit and the High Voltage Theater.
Classes for group field trips are also available in the laboratory. They are held Tuesdays through Fridays and do require prior reservation. There is a robotic laboratory (with the exhibit Under Pressure), a physical laboratory (with the exhibit “Wake up Kraken”), a chemical laboratory (featuring “Analytical Dilemmas”) and a biological laboratory (with an exhibit on pregnancy and birth). Each laboratory caters to specific lessons and age ranges, speak with a staff member to decide which one is best for any field trip. There is a cost associated with booking a field trip.
Dining and Shopping
There are three separate dining facilities located inside Copernicus - Bistro I Know, Blue Sky Cafe, and the first-floor cafe. They all offer family friendly food options. Also, next to the main entrance, guests can stop by the gift shop and choose from a selection of science-based toys, games, and other merchandise to continue the learning at home.
Copernicus Science Center, ul. Wybrzeze Kosciuszkowskie 20, 00-390 Warsaw
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