Gdansk

Hevelianum

  ul. Gradowa 6, Gdańsk      (+48) 58 742 33 52     18 Apr 2019
Set inside the guts of the Napoleonic-era Fort Gradowa Góra, set into the hill overlooking the city, the Centrum Hewelianum is a science park/museum built to honour Johannes Hevelius (Jan Heweliusz in Polish), the famed astronomer born in this city in 1611. The exhibition consists of two parts, the first of which is called Wehikuł Czasu - Człowiek i Pocisk (Time machine – the Human and 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, its atmospheric corridors filled with cannons, weaponry and lifelike mannequins in period uniform. 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' (With Energy). 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 this is one of those museums that encourages visitors to get hands on, with the laws of physics and astronomy explained in an idiot-proof way. Also keep an eye out for a WWII anti-aircraft battery located in the grounds. You'll also find a set of exhibits under the titles 'Around the World'; 'Puzzle'; 'Time Machine - Fun with History' and 'Pan Kleks' Laboratory' which is based on the character of a popular Polish children's book. 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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Wehikuł Czasu - Człowiek i Pocisk exhibition: Admission free. Pan Kleks Laboratory exhibition: Admission 15zł. All other parts of the exhibition: Admission 20/15zł, family ticket 45zł.

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