Copernicus Science Centre (Centrum Nauki Kopernik)

A rare example of European Union funding being used in a genuinely visionary way, the CSC is many things, not least (in the words of Poland’s Education Minister shortly before the opening) an attempt to restate the case for science and research in what can still be an intensely and deeply religious country.

Arriving at the main doors of the building you will be met by the centre’s very own Robothespian, a fully programmable humanoid robot that speaks and interacts which visitors can prompt to make a number of sounds and movements (get him to sing the Sound of Music). This will keep the kids busy while you queue at the central ticket desk where you will be given a set of credit card-style entrance passes. You should keep hold of these as not only do they allow you to enter and exit the building throughout the day, but they also allow you to record your results as you move around (which are emailed to you afterwards if you register your email on entering).

There are literally hundreds of experiments spread over two floors: Roots of Civilisation, Humans and the Environment, LightZone, New World on the Move and Bzzz!, the children’s area, aimed at kids between the ages of 0 and 6. Each area demonstrates a range of phenomenon by way of experiments, button pressing, quizzes and in some cases physical exertion.

The Heavens of Copernicus planetarium (see Leisure) immerses visitors in 20 million stars thanks to a giant spherical screen that surrounds the audience on all sides. In addition to trips through the Milky Way, the screen offers films about natural science (imagine feeling like you’re diving into a volcano) and the origins of life on earth.


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Centrum Nauki Kopernik



Open 09:00 - 18:00; Sat, Sun 10:00 - 19:00. Closed Mon. Last entrance 1 hour before closing

Note that the Planetarium has different opening hours than the museum and it is best to check their website before planning your visit.

Price/Additional Info

Admission 27/18zł, family ticket 72zł (2adults+2children). Use of the labs, which are only available to individuals on the weekends, costs an additional 9zł. Note that you must buy a separate ticket for the Planetarium. Admission 19-24zł/14-19zł, family ticket 52-67zł.

Events at this venue

Aug 18 2016 - Oct 29 2017Sail or sink


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USA Vermont,
So is that old science and technology museum in the Palace of Culture in Science now closed? I went there in 1998 with my father and felt like I'd gone back to about 1962. Had a great time looking at all the mechanical exhibits. After that we went to the viewing floor of the Palace.
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