Pavilion of Knowledge - Ciência Viva Centre


The Pavilion of Knowledge - Ciência Viva Centre opened to the public in July 1999. It is part of Ciência Viva - National Agency for Scientific and Technological Culture, a private, not-for-profit organisation. The agency started out as a programme created by the Portuguese Ministry of Science and Technology in 1996.

Ciência Viva's mission is to disseminate science and technology to the general public by acting in three main areas: as a space for informal contact with science to attract young people to careers in science and technology, as a vehicle to promote current research and as a space for participation and dialogue with people on topics that have an impact on their daily lives. The Pavilion of Knowledge - Ciência Viva Centre has a total area of 11,000 m2. It receives an average of 300,000 visitors per year, making it one of the most visited museums in Portugal. |



Located in Vantaa on the outskirts of Helsinki, Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre, has an average of nearly 300,000 visitors a year. Heureka opened its doors to the public in 1989.

Heureka's Mission Statement: "We bring the joy of discovery to everyone. We produce inspirational learning experiences. We value science, innovation and quality." Accordingly, Heureka develops and offers high quality interactive exhibitions that provide opportunities for practical, hands-on exploration and learning. Heureka's has an indoor exhibition space of 3500 m2, and its outdoor exhibition space, Science Park Galilei, covers 8000 m2.



Created in 2010, Universcience groups together the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie and the Palais de la Découverte, two institutions that accompany people on their journey into the 21st century, with the important economic, environmental and cultural transformations it brings.

Maintaining the individual identities of the two institutions, this new entity contributes towards equipping all people, regardless of their age, with the means to discover new tools and ways of doing things that will enable them to keep up with the complexity and fast pace of today's world.

Its goal is to spark enthusiasm for science at an early age, to encourage young people to choose careers in science and technology. La Cité is the fourth most visited museum in France, after the Louvre, Versailles and the Pompidou Centre. The museum covers an area of 30,000 m2 and is home to various activities, including interactive exhibitions, educational workshops and conferences. It also has a multimedia centre. Three million people visit the museum each year.