Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona - Edifici Fòrum
The museum features the permanent exhibition Planet Life, which traces the history of the evolution of life and the Earth, from its origins, and shows us what it is like today. Using the latest display technologies, the museum showcases part of the zoology, geology and botany collections that the Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona has preserved throughout its 132-year history. The museum offers space for temporary exhibitions and educational and informative activities. It will also have a mediatheque, restaurant and shop.
The exhibition Planet Life, which takes up 3,000 m2 of the museum, is organised in three sections. The first, entitled Gaia's Biography, will give us an insight into the history of life on our planet. The second, Present-day Earth, shows us our planet as it is today through the vibrant and diverse world of fossils, animals, plants, rocks, minerals, fungi, microbes and seaweed. The third, Laboratories of Life, shows various topics associated with nature and its relationship with human beings.
The museum is housed inside the distinctive, triangular Forum building designed by the Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron. It is 25 metres high and 180 metres wide. The rough dark-blue façade is interspersed with strips of glass reminiscent of water cascading from the roof. The structure is suspended in the air by seventeen pillars, creating a covered space for public use at street level. The Forum is an iconic landmark of the new Barcelona.
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