Gdańsk

Hevelianum

  ul. Gradowa 6, Gdańsk      (+48) 58 742 33 52     20 Jun 2019
Set inside the guts of the Napoleonic-era Fort Grodzisko, which is set into the hill overlooking the cityCentrum Hewelianum is a science park/museum built to honour Johannes Hevelius (Jan Heweliusz in Polish), the famed astronomer born in Gdańsk in 1611.

The exhibition consists of two parts, the first of which is called 'Wehikuł Czasu - Człowiek i Pocisk' (English: 'Time Machine – The Human & The Bullet'). Set inside the brick tunnels of this 19th-century fortress, the exhibition recreates what the fort would have looked like when it was first built: complete with cannons, weaponry and lifelike mannequins in period uniform in active poses throughout the fort's atmospheric corridors. Scale models and pictures go a long way to illustrating what life must have been like defending such an outpost, although some English translations would be welcome for non-Polish visitors!

The second part of the exhibition is titled 'Z Energią' (English: 'With Energy'). Relating more to the centre's namesake, this does a good job of making sense of science in a fun manner that’s accessible to all ages. Featuring plenty of machines, computers and interactive gadgets, it encourages visitors to get hands-on, with the laws of physics and astronomy explained in an idiot-proof way. Opening hours for each part tend to change regularly so check their website.
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Open 10:00 - 18:00. From September 3 open 08:00 - 16:00; Sat, Sun 10:00 - 18:00; closed Mon.

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Admission 20/15zł. Time Machine exhibit free. Mobile planetarium 8zł.

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