Naples' Città della Scienza is a great stop for those visiting the city with kids or teenagers, or for science buffs of all ages who are interested in ecology, biology, anatomy, and more. This interactive science museum is rich in appealing exhibits focused on scientific subjects and often hosts temporary shows, events, hands-on workshops, and other activities. Here's all you need to know to visit the Città della Scienza museum in Naples.
Hours: Tues to Sat 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun and hols 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Duration of visit: 2 to 4 hours
Tickets: €13 (adults)/€10 (youth)
Location: Via Coroglio, 57/104 - Naples
Directions: Metro line Gianturco - Pozzuoli (Campi Flegreis stop), transfer to bus 607 or C1 (Città della Scienza stop)
The heart of the Città della Scienza, which has been recently rebuilt after a devastating fire, is the Science Centre, a large exposition space that houses a number of science and educational exhibits, all interactive and aimed toward children and adolescents.
There are four main areas in the Science Centre:
- Corporea: a large section dedicated to human anatomy, recently inaugurated and very interactive
- Mostra sul mare: also interactive, which illustrates the Mediterranean marine system with its biodiversity and environmental challenges
- Insetti & Co: dedicated to insects from across the globe
- FabLab dei piccoli: workshop and experiment spaces for young visitors
Recently, the Planetario 3D has been added to the museum, one of the most technologically advanced exhibits in Italy. This 3D dome is used for projections and other exhibits dedicated to explaining the workings of the universe, and the special audiovisual effects make it particularly spectacular.
In addition to its permanent exhibits, the Città della Scienza regularly hosts temporary shows that are often exclusive to the museum, as well as seasonal events and other activities; we recommend reserving these in advance.
Città della scienza is located on Via Coroglio, in the seaside district of Bagnoli about 15 kilometers from downtown Naples. The fastest and easiest way to reach the museum is by car (the museum offers ample parking about 250 meters from the entrance at a cost of EUR 3/day).
If you don't have access to a car, you can reach Città della Scienza by taxi and take advantage of special fixed fares.
- Città della Scienza – Lungomare EUR 15
- Città della Scienza – Stazione Centrale EUR 23
- Città della Scienza – Aeroporto EUR 27
You can also reach the Città della Scienza museum via public transport: take the Gianturco-Pozzuoli metro to the Campi Flegrei stop and then transfer to bus 607 or C1 (to Coroglio), getting off at the Città della Scienza stop.
Città della Scienza is open daily, except for Mondays.
Opening hours for Città della Scienza are as follows:
- Tues to Sat: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sun and holidays: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The museums is closed for the December 25th and January 1st holidays.
Tickets including admission to the Science Centre and Planetarium cost EUR 13 for adults and EUR 10 for kids 3-17, visitors over 65, and students. You can also opt to visit only the Science Centre or Planetarium at a reduced ticket of EUR 10 and EUR 7 for the Science Centre and EUR 5 for the Planetarium. The museum also offers an open ticket option for EUR 11 (EUR 8 reduced) that includes admission only to the Science Centre at the time you choose.
There is no need to book in advance to visit the Science Centre, but you must book in advance to enter the Planetarium or participate in workshops or special events. On the weekend or during school holidays, as well as during the morning hours from March to May, you may find crowds. Opt for a skip-the-line ticket to avoid a long wait to enter the museum.
You can combine a visit to Città della Scienza with a stop at the Parco Sommerso di Gaiola marine reserve, a nature and archaeological park with itineraries by land and sea, including boat trips with glass-bottomed boats, snorkeling, and scuba excursions.
Not far from the museum, the small volcanic islet of Nisida is attached to the mainland via a small lip of land. The island houses the city's juvenile prison and is not accessible to visitors (though there are occasionally guided tours offered by local organizations), but it's work making your way to the entrance to the restricted area to admire the view and snap a few photos.