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, and a portrait of the diversity of nature. 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 140-year history. The museum offers space for temporary exhibitions and educational and informative activities. It will also have the Science Nest (for children aged 0 to 6), a mediatheque and a shop.
The exhibition Planet Life, is organised in three sections. The first, entitled Earth's Biography, narrates the evolution of life and the planet from its origins to our days. The second, Earth Today, 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, Science Islands, are independent enclosures that are found along the route and deal with topics such as animal behavior, human evolution or how living things are classified, among others.
The Terrat Viu is the first wild roof in Barcelona. It is a space of 7,100m2 with flora adapted to the Mediterranean climate and the proximity of the sea. From the Terrat Viu you can enjoy magnificent and unprecedented views of the coast of Barcelona and the Maresme coast.
The museum is housed inside the distinctive, triangular Forum building designed by the Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron in 2004. 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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