The Museum of Sky and Earth, founded in 1998, is the Museum of science and the environment of the metropolitan area of Bologna. It is a widespread museum, created to tell the relationship that exists between sky and earth, plants and animals, without forgetting the figure of man in his close relationship with resources and technology.
The Astronomical Area consists of an Observatory, a Meteorological Station and one of the largest planetarium in Italy, which hosts a collection of over 1000 meteorites and fulgurites, minerals, sections of trunks and models of scientific experiments. The Planetarium, with a dome over 9 meters in diameter, is able to reproduce the entire celestial vault as well as images and videos with a new fulldome projector; in 2021 a didactic sphere and virtual reality viewers were also introduced.
"Ulisse Aldrovandi" Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden offers an area of about 2 hectares with typical habitats of our plain. About 300 species of trees and shrubs typical of the spontaneous flora of Emilia Romagna are grown here, as well as various herbaceous, terrestrial and aquatic plants. The plants are distributed in systematic groupings functional to their observation, or in small reconstructions of vegetational environments.
"Physics Experience" Museum
The cloister of the convent of San Francesco houses the brand new "Physics Experience" Museum, created in collaboration with the University of Bologna with the aim of bringing students and visitors closer to some of the most important themes of physics (in particular the concepts of space and time) through a path that allows different modes of use and connects science, art and technology.
The Insect Laboratory is a "living museum" dedicated to entomology. Observing the insects raised at the facility allows you to closely analyze a great variety of complex forms and behaviors, such as the dance of bees or the social dynamics of an ant colony, also allowing you to address issues such as evolution and adaptations, ecosystems and food chains.
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>> Planetarium: 6.00€ full price; 4.00€ reduced price
>> Botanical Garden: free admission.
>> Physics Experience: 7,00€ full price; 5,00€ reduced price
>> Insect Laboratory: 6,00€ full price; 4,00€ reduced price
>> Astronomical Observatory: Friday 9pm-11pm or by previous appointment. Opening by the Persicetani Astrophilic Group.
>> Planetarium is open every Friday starting from 9,00 pm. Sundays, only during events. Check on www.museocieloeterra.org
>> Botanical Garden: always open with free admission.
>> Physics Experience: Saturday 10am-1pm and Sunday 4pm-7pm.
>> Insect laboratory: Open only for events. Check on www.museocieloeterra.org