The Copernicus Science Centre is one of the largest science centres in Europe. Its exhibition is divided into six interdisciplinary parts with over 450 exhibits. Music is combined here with biology, and mathematics with architecture. Science enters the realm of feelings, and the visitors themselves may become the object of observation.
The variety of exhibits gathered at several thousand square meters creates an area in which everyone can make own discoveries.
The Centre features the only Robotic Theatre in the world. The moves of its leading actors – RoboThespians – are controlled by compressed air, and their heartbeats are produced by a 40-Watt loudspeaker.
In the CSC, everyone may feel like a real scientist bent over slides and test-tubes, surrounded by spectroscopes or electropneumatic sets. Our laboratories allow for independent experimenting. The physics, chemistry, biology and robotics labs are equipped with devices used in state-of-the-art laboratories all over the world.
The building is surrounded with the Discovery Park. Its design was developed together by engineers, artists and greenery designers. Apart from art exhibits presenting sound effects, it also includes an open air gallery and a summer stage.
The Centre co-organises the Science Picnic – the largest open air event for the promotion of science on our continent. The commitment of scientists and interest of our audience have contributed to impressive achievements that we may be proud of in Europe. In 2005, the Science Picnic held in Warsaw was commended by the European Commission as one of ten model European projects in the "Science and Society" field.
In June 2011, we opened one of the most modern planetaria in Europe. The Heavens of Copernicus makes it possible to watch over ten million stars. A spherical screen surrounds the auditorium from all sides, and the 3D technology makes the spectators feel immersed in the projected image. The planetarium is a venue of sky presentations, film shows, lectures and meetings. The Heavens of Copernicus Planetarium has its own production studio, where original film shows for our visitors are created.
We are one of the youngest science centres, yet we are considered one of the most interesting and innovative centres in the world. The attendance rate in the Copernicus Science Centre proves the fundamental need to establish such institutions and bears witness to the considerable developmental ambitions of our society. Less than 2 years after the opening, we have been visited by over 2 million people.
The CSC is a cultural institution established and financed by the Capital City of Warsaw, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the Ministry of National Education.