Helsinki’s Heureka Science Center opened in 1989 with the purpose of making scientific knowledge accessible to everyone. Guests should plan on spending at least three hours exploring Heureka’s exhibits.
There are more than 200 exhibits in the permanent collection, not including the planetarium. Heureka also regularly hosts two temporary exhibitions. In order to serve visitors from around the world, exhibit texts are translated into Finnish, Swedish and English.
One of the most-visited exhibitions at the science center is Heureka Classics. With nine illusions and 19 physics experiments, this area has something for everyone. Some of the hands-on experiments in Heureka Classics include a bowling ball cannon, a hydrogen rocket and a flying carpet. All of the exhibit texts in Heureka Classics are also translated into Russian and Estonian.
Visitors can explore four exhibits in About a Coin. One exhibit includes a three-minute presentation on the production of coins. Guests can also learn about the authenticity of euro coins and how coins have become works of art intended for daily use. Children and adults are able to mint their own coins in this section of the science center.
One of Europe’s most modern planetariums
Anyone visiting the Heureka Science Center should reserve time to enjoy one of the shows offered by the Vattenfall Planetarium. All four of the shows are narrated in Finnish, but there are earphones available at the entrance that provide Swedish, English and Russian translations. The planetarium is one of Europe’s most modern and seats 135.
Sat, Sun 10–18
Heureka is open year-round, with the exceptions of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Midsummer Eve. Children and adults of all ages are welcome to visit Heureka, but the planetarium shows are not recommended for children under six.
More information available at Heureka Science Center website.
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