WARM UP YOUR BRAIN FOR THE WINTER
Special route through the exhibitions
The human brain is an incredible command centre, in charge of processes taking place throughout our bodies. Weighing just a bit more than a kilogram, it works hard 24 hours a day and controls our thinking, movements, and emotions. Experimenting with our own mind can be a source of endless surprise and entertainment – and you can see for yourself, by following this new route for visitors, linking together a particular set of exhibits. Just look around to find it in the Copernicus exhibition rooms!
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See the invisible
This new exhibition takes us on a journey into the fascinating microcosm of organisms so tiny that a million of them would fit in the eye of a needle. We will examine the eye of a fly, the pollen of the acacia tree, and the structure of tree bark. We will discover the hidden secrets of water fleas and sea shrimp. We will select samples for study, construct a microscope optimised for our own use, and analyse the structure of our own skin, nails and hair.
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You think better than you think!
This is a place where everyone, regardless of their age, knowledge and skills, can try their hand at tackling various challenges of engineering, science and logic, all with the use of certain everyday items: straws, paper, paperclips, balls, rubber bands. You can also try to build a paper tower able to lift a heavy ball. Find a way to ford a river, build a bridge and construct a flying machine.
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THE HEAVENS OF COPERNICUS PLANETARIUM
What’s new and out of this world?
The planetarium has three premieres for the winter season. Odyssey Across the Sky is a live show that takes us on a trip through the constellations. Popular ones like the Big Dipper and also lesser-known ones like Ophiuchus the Serpent-Bearer. Rogue Planet Earth is a show presented before all film screenings, offering a chance to discover the stars, planets and constellations that are best visible in the winter sky. The current status of mankind’s conquest of space are showcased in Back to the Moon, describing plans to colonize our planet’s natural satellite.
Not just gallery exhibits
The Copernicus Centre is about more than just experimenting using the hands-on exhibits in the galleries. We also offer short, engaging workshop classes. At the Testing, testing, Can You Hear Me? workshop in the Buzzz! gallery we talk about music, our own voices, and high and low tones. We will make a cup-and-string telephone and carry out other experiments. The Codes workshop at the Roots of Civilization gallery teaches participants about secret messages and encryption methods. In the LightZone gallery, we explore the world of 3D imagery and construct our own 3D glasses. And at the On the Move gallery, we build simple electric motors.