The Città della Scienza (“City of Science”) of Naples is located in the Bagnoli district. It is divided into a Science Center and a Planetarium. The former is the first interactive science museum of the country. The museum also hosts temporary exhibitions. The museum is housed in an abandoned 19th century factory.
Città della Scienza Naples
History and description
The museum was founded in 1996 by Vittorio Silvestrini, an Italian scientist and author and head of the Fondazione IDIS, which runs the “City of Science”.
On the evening of 4 March 2013, a violent fire destroyed most of the contents of four of the six buildings. The mayor publicly accused the Mafia of having set the fire. Thanks to numerous donations, the museum reopened on 10 April 2013.
What to see
The main attractions of the Città della Scienza are the interactive museum of the human body (Corporea) and the 3D Planetarium.
There is also a business incubator, which gives very early-stage companies access to mentorship, investors, etc., to help them get established.
Address: Via Coroglio, 57/104 – 80124 Napoli.
Phone: +39 081 7352 424.
Opening times: Tuesdays to Saturdays from 09:00 till 17:00; Sundays and public holidays from 10:00 till 18:00.
Ticket price: 10 Euros (ages 3-17, 65+, university students: 7 Euros). Planetarium: 5 Euros. Combi-ticket Science Center-Planetarium: 13 Euros (10 Euros).
(Note that opening times and admission may be subject to change.)