The Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona occupies a total area of 9,000 square metres distributed on two floors, with modern facilities and services aimed at all audiences. These services include:
The Media Library: the natural sciences for all
- A large archive including audio and audiovisual documents and books devoted to nature
- À la carte sounds: a service enabling users to choose from amongst 2,500 animal noises and sound landscapes
- Loan service
Science nest, for children from 0 to 6 years
Activities related to the Museum resources and the «Planet Life» exhibition. The aim of the Science nest is to generate feelings and emotions and awaken interest in nature amongst our youngest visitors.
The Media Library is part of the Museum Documentation Centre. You will find an extensive digital archive that includes audible documents and audiovisual presentations, as well as reference books relating to the biodiversity and geodiversity of the planet. You can also access the unique public database of animal sounds and audible landscapes of Catalonia, the Audible Nature Record Library in the Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona.
- Saturdays, from 10 to 15 and 16 to 19 h
- Sundays and holidays, 10 to 15 h and 16 to 20 h
The Media Library will remain open from December 23 to January 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Saturday, January 8 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on public holidays (December 26, and January 2, 6, 9) from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Media Library card
Have you got your Media Library card? It is very easy, you only have to show us your ID card, fill in a form and you can borrow up to five documents for one month.
By becoming a member you will also enjoy the following advantages:
- Reduced admission fee to Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona
- 5% discount in the Museum shop
- Invitations to all the inaugurations of the Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona
The Science Nest is a Museum project that promotes natural science education as of early childhood, defending the importance of including children of ages 0-6 in the aim to stimulate and promote a passion for science.
The Nest has its own permanent space in the Museum for young children between ages 0-6 years, where most of the activities and events for this age group are held. Located just next to the Museum’s entrance hall, the Science Nest presents oddities of nature and suggestive materials aimed to spontaneously spur the children to thought. The idea is for the children to come up with hypotheses, ideas and questions that will lead them to take different initiatives that in turn will underscore the value of the research process and the scientific method.
Hence, the aim is to break away from the notion of questions with single answers, to gradually introduce the scientific methodology and help bring children and adults together to share an enjoyable moment centred on a common goal: to explore and find answers to any questions that might arise.
The Science Nest forms part of the Museum’s inclusion programme.
The Family Science Nest
A discovery activity for families, where children between ages 0 and 6 can freely discover the nature and natural matter around them.
- Saturdays from 11 am to 2 pm
- Sundays from 11 am to 2 pm and from 4 pm to 7 pm
- Special hours on holidays and during school holiday periods. Place check the Museum’s schedule of activities.
NO ADVANCE REGISTRATION NECESSARY. Participants may sign up at the museum ticket counter on the same day. Each session is 30 minutes long.
The Living Nest
The Living Nest is an annual activity series organised within the framework of the Science Nest and held in the afternoon of the third Saturday of each month (with the exceptions of July and August).
The aim of this activity series is to explore the natural sciences from other disciplines, involving freedom, creativity and interaction between children and the adults accompanying them. These activities are guided by professionals from diverse fields including painting, design, the circus, the natural textile fibres, dance and music, among others.
Each activity offers two sessions.
- 1st round at 4.30 pm
- 2nd round at 6.00 pm
Price: €2.50 per child (each child must be accompanied by an adult)
Registration: to purchase tickets, participants are asked to sign up through the Museum’s schedule of activities. Registration begins 10 working days before the date of each activity.
The School Nest
Within the Science Nest, the Museum also offers different school activities with objectives, contents and skills specially designed for children between ages 2 and 6.
These activities encourage the children’s independent exploration, calling into play their senses and awakening curiosity and questions that will lead them down paths of discovery of the natural world around them.
- Do you hear the forest? This activity explores nature through the senses. For preschool groups between ages 2 and 5 (P2 – P5)
- Nature within our reach. Natural oddities that generate questions. For preschool groups between ages 2 and 5 (P2 – P5) and primary school 1st graders
- Does everything change? The cycles of nature. For preschool groups between ages 4 and 5 (P4, P5) and primary school 1st graders
For information on the Science Nest activities offered during special schedule weeks, please visit edunat.museuciencies.cat
The Flying Nest
For early child care groups, we have the Flying Nest, a portable container filled with all the necessary materials for different educational activities in classrooms. This programme provides educational teams at early child care centres with the material for 4 weeks and includes the support and guidance of the Museum’s educational team.
The educational Nest: How do we build the Nest?
An activity targeting groups of university or vocational training students, as well as preschool and early child care educational teams, where we introduce the Nest methodology.
Further information: How do we build the Nest?