Science centre Hewelianum in Gdańsk

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Opposite to the Old Town in Gdańsk, on an uphill slope in a former fortress area, you will find the science centre of the city - Hewelianum. Let your children learn something new about the exciting world around us!

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Around the Gradowa hill, west of the Old Town in Gdańsk there is a lot of ground- and brick fortifications from the 18th and 19th centuries. Most of them have now been adapted to host an exciting discovery center - Hewelianum. The name of the place comes from one of Gdańsk's most important scientists - the astronomer Jan Heweliusz who is the author of an exact description of the topography of the Moon from the 17th century.


Between 2007 and 2008 18 fortresses were modified into an amazing science centre. The old military spirit is still there: you can see bricks everywhere.

Currently Hewelianum has an exhibition called 'Energy, the sky and the sun' divided into two parts: 'The energy workshop' and 'The sky workshop'. In the first part you can learn how one type of energy can be turned into another: make a tsunami wave, move an Archimedes' screw or see Newton's cradle.


As the name of the centre has to do with an astronomer, many of the exhibitions are connected with celestial bodies. You can see what the universe consists of, take a look at amazing pictures from space and learn how much a kilo weighs on different planets!

The history of the area is still alive even outside the main entrance. You can find its traces in different bastions and shelters of the old fortress.


The discovery center Hewelianum is open every day except for Mondays and bank holidays.

How do you get to the science centre Hewelianum in Gdańsk? It's as easy as pie: take the plane to Gdańsk and rent a car at the airport. You can, of course, take your own car and travel with the ferry to the continent. Book accommodation directly in the heart of Gdańsk. Don't forget to take care of your travel insurance!

Region: Pomorze.

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