We had a great time at the Eureka! Science Museum in San Sebastian. So good in fact that I largely forgot to take any photos – apologies! There are lots of exhibits to keep all ages entertained, including our toddler. And in common with many European museums that I visit, it was practically deserted. I know it is a good thing that so many museums in London are freely accessible to all. But it doesn’t half make them busy by comparison.
There were many different areas and a huge amount of interactive exhibits. It is difficult to know where to start in describing them! The main sections focus on the human senses, light, the earth, energy and mechanics. The senses section was interesting as there were many examples of how your senses can be deceived by your environment. I think our toddler had the most fun in the mechanics section. Here there were lots of activities that involved rolling balls and diablos around, which was always going to be a hit. She also loved playing with the pneumatic tube (the mechanical air powered system they used to use for sending messages around an office building). The only section we were disappointed with was a small exhibition of reptiles as some of the display cases for the larger animals looked rather small to us.
My favourite area was where you tried out various fitness activities to test your physical capability. There were tests on how far you could jump, how flexible you were and how good your reflexes were. And you discovered how poorly you compared to a selection of professional athletes….
It may not be for everyone, but there was also an interesting exhibition of bones and plastinated body parts. I had never seen any of Gunther Von Hagen’s exhibitions, so it was good to see a small sample of what it is all about. Plastination is the technique that he invented to preserve donated bodies, tissues and organs in perfect condition.
Eureka! Science Museum in San Sebastian: Information
The Eureka! Science Museum is some way out of San Sebastian. We had a car as we had flown into Bilbao to get to San Sebastian. If you have a car, the museum is easy enough to find and there is lots of parking. If you are using public transport, check out their website for more information.
We thought it was pretty reasonably priced at 10 euros per adult and free for the under 3s. This includes only the main museum, but you can pay a little extra for the planetarium or simulators. We were there for hours, including having lunch at the handy on-site cafe. There is also a picnic area if you want to bring your own food. There are also gardens and a playground, but we ran out of time to explore those.