Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias(the City of Arts and Sciences)




Architect Santiago Calatrava designed the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia city. It comprises the Oceanografic Aquarium, the Prince Felipe Museum of Science, L'Hemisferic 3D cinema, the Umbracle Gardens, the Opera House Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, and the Agora building.

You will see the innovative use of structure and space. Many of its buildings stand out as icons in the city.  A scientific and cultural leisure complex has many attractions worth visiting. You can cover two kilometers of the former riverbed of the River Turia with your friends and family.

Valencia rose to prominence with the city of Arts and Sciences and became a coveted tourist destination in Spain. The city presents a superb combination of modernity, tradition, artistic, and cultural heritage.

In a public poll by Spanish media, the City of Arts and Sciences was voted one of Spain's 12 treasures.



The legendary architect began in July 1996 to design the City of Arts and Sciences in the dry river bed of diverted River Turia. It is an epitome of modern architecture.  Another architect Félix Candela also contributed to the design.

L’Hemisfèric was the first part of the complex.  The Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia was the last building inaugurated on Valencian Community Day, October 9, 2005. 



  • Sunday : 08:00 am to 12:30 am
  • Monday : 08:00 am to 12:30 am
  • Tuesday : 08:00 am to 12:30 am
  • Wednesday : 08:00 am to 12:30 am
  • Thursday : 08:00 am to 12:30 am
  • Friday : 08:00 am to 12:30 am
  • Saturday : 08:00 am to 12:30 am

Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.


How to Reach

  • Train : Catch a train to Cabanyal or North Station (main station).
  • City Bus : You can avail of city buses from both stations. Bus Station: Go across the other side of the river and board bus number 95.
  • Car : Rent a car and drive to the venue. Underground parking is available at the Umbracle.
  • Motorway A-7 and N- 340 road : Go across the Comunidad Valenciana from North to South.
  • Motorway A-3 : connects Madrid and Valencia.
  • Motorway 234 : Connects Valencia with Aragón, Castilla-León, and the north of the Iberian Peninsula.


Ticket Pricing

  • Oceanogràfic : Adult 31.30€(2703.59 INR) Reduced (children, retired people, disabled) 23.30€(2012.58 INR)
  • The Hemisfèric : Adult 8 € (691.01 INR) Reduced (children, retired people, disabled) 6.20 €(535.54 INR) ...
  • Príncipe Felipe Science Museum : Adult 8 €(691.01 INR) Reduced (children, retired people, disabled) 6.20 €(535.54 INR) ...
  • Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía. Opera house : Adult 11 € ( 950.15 INR) Reduced (children, retired people, disabled) 8.80 € ( 760.12 INR) ...

Things to Do

Oceanogràfic: It is Europe's biggest aquarium with 45000 specimens of 500 species and seven different marine environments. Dolphins, belugas, walruses, sea lions, seals, penguins, and sharks are the aquatic creatures you can see here. An exhibition takes place in the dolphinarium daily. It would consume around half a day to enjoy the aquarium. 

The Mediterranean, the polar oceans, the Arctic, the islands, the tropical seas, the temperate seas, and the Red Sea are the different marine environments.


Adult 31.30 €(2703.59 INR)

Reduced (children, retired people, disabled) 23,30 €(2012.58 INR)

The Hemisfèric: This digital 3D cinema has a 900-meter concave screen. You can enjoy 45 minutes of educational documentaries which are screened every day for all audiences. A pair of innovative 3D glasses will enable you to change the screening language. For children, usually, one movie is screened almost every day. You can check the film listing and plan to reserve the screening before you set out to visit other buildings of the city.

Adult 8 € (691.01 INR)

Reduced (children, retired people, disabled) 6.20 €(535.54 INR)

Príncipe Felipe Science Museum: The museum features various interactive exhibitions about the latest science and technology. You need to purchase a separate ticket for scientific workshops that take place every off and on. On the ground floor, there is a restaurant, bathrooms, shops, and a temporary exhibition. For all other exhibitions, you need a ticket.

Adult 8 €(691.01 INR)

Reduced (children, retired people, disabled)  6.20 €(535.54 INR)

Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía. Opera house: The Palau de les Arts is a place for music lovers in the city of arts and sciences. You can visit this place for operas, concerts, zarzuela, and ballet during October and November. You can book tickets in advance on the website.

Adult 11 € ( 950.15 INR)

Reduced (children, retired people, disabled) 8.80 € ( 760.12 INR)

The Umbracle: This open-access, huge garden covers around 17000 square meters to walk and explore contemporary sculpture and the typical Mediterranean plants. Terraza Mya is operational at night during summers, where you can relish drinks under the moonlight. The public car park for the city is located at the Umbracle. This open-air space is a vantage point for clicking photos.

The Ágora: The Agora is the newly constructed building at the City of Arts and Sciences. This versatile venue hosts multipurpose events. However, it is not generally open to the public. Earlier, it used to host the Tennis Open.

The Assut D’or Bridge: The Assut D’or Bridge crosses the River Turia's former riverbed between the Science Museum and the Agora, and it was also designed by the Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava. A pedestrian bridge connects the two banks of the Turia Gardens.

Several lanes exist for traffic in both directions.


Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, Avinguda del Professor López Piñero, Valencia, Spain

Rating & Reviews

Based on 82427 reviews
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A Google User
A Google User
09/09/2020 03:59
It's one of the best architecture in Valencia and in Spain as for the museum and he opera center also the aquarium with the science museum also its a peace of art combination of the water around the structure that makes the romantic view and lovely for having the best memories in beautiful pictures to show the beauty of Valencia city, highly recommended
A Google User
A Google User
09/06/2020 22:31
I wasn't particularly interested to go inside, but the architecture is absolutely amazing!
A Google User
A Google User
09/14/2020 04:48
One year ago, I've been there. It was just cool. I rode that boat. It felt like future sea, because architecture was so gorgeous and I've never ever seen this shape of buildings as well. If you visit Vallencia. You should go this place. I highly recommend to be there :)
A Google User
A Google User
09/10/2020 01:37
You need a full day, at least, to visit everything there. It's totally worth it.
A Google User
A Google User
08/27/2020 00:04
I haven't been inside but even just the outside it beautiful. You can rent boats for ok prices on the small artificial pond. Can be fun

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