ON WROCŁAW'S WEIR,
IN POLAND'S ONLY
CENTRE FOR KNOWLEDGE
Deep-sea monsters in Hydropolis
An interactive catalogue of deep-sea organisms is the newest one of many attractions at Wroclaw’s Hydropolis. Mysterious fish and other deep-sea creatures are showcased in acrylic glass cylinders using special illuminated effects. Visitors can examine them in painstaking detail. The screen features unique video materials registered at enormous depths by specially designed robots. See the photo gallery.
Hydropolis in “TOP 5” must-see Polish museums
According to the editors of the prestigious magazine Puls Biznesu we are in top five of the best museums in Poland! Read the article
May holidays in Hydropolis
Do you have plans for may long weekend? We would like to invite you to Hydropolis. During the long weekend we operate without any interruption.
Opening hours on 1st and 3d May: 10AM – 8PM, last admissions at 6.30PM.
2nd of May: 9AM – 6PM, last admission at 4.30PM.
NOMINATION IN CONTEST “PRESERVED MONUMENT”
Hydropolis was nominated in a contest “Preserved Monument” by National Heritage Board of Poland. Official results will be announced on 20th April in Zakopane during the international gala for Monuments Protection. Hydropolis is a historical 19th-century underground pure water reservoir, supplying Wrocław for over 100 years.
WATER PRINETR IS TURN ON
Our Water Printer at the entrance of Hydropolis is active again after winter season. The 46,5 m long Water Printer is one of the longest digital water installations in Europe. An interactive structure can be programmed to take on varying shapes and to display patterns and images using drops of water. Over the entrance Water Curtain is responsive to visitors. When they get close, then the water sections in front of the doors will automatically open to let them cross inside or outside without getting wet. The installation will operate until next winter with the exception of short breaks service.
Welcome to Hydropolis – a place for those thirsty for knowledge! Did you know that water covers as much as 70% of the Earth’s surface? It is the substance that the exhibition is dedicated to.
Prepare for an amazing journey and take a new perspective to discover the world surrounding us.
HYDROPOLIS exhibition is located in a historic, 19th century underground clean water tank boasting a surface area of 4,000 m². The exhibition is divided into 8 themed zones, each of which presents water from a different, fascinating angle.
The amount of water on the Earth has remained unchanged for millions of years. It plays a significant role in all life on our planet. Therefore, it is so important to learn and understand its essence. At HYDROPOLIS, we emphasise education and the awareness of the processes which water is part of – from functions served inside the human cell to oceanic currents shaping the Earth’s climate.
How did water come into being? Is there a lot of it in space? How did it find itself on the Earth?
Immerse yourself in an extraordinary tale of the beginnings of water. A 360° projection of about fifteen minutes will take you to the most remote corners of space.
They are mysterious, unfriendly and full of amazing creatures.
Discover the uncanny life hidden in the dark. Find out about the fascinating world of bioluminescence and the ecosystems of hydrothermal chimneys, where the water temperature reaches 400°C.
Together with the adventurers of the “Trieste II” bathyscaphe, you’ll experience the legendary journey to the deepest place on the Earth and trace the history of discovering the underwater world.
This zone’s theme is evolution and the diversity of life, which appeared in water about 3.3 billion years ago.
We present the rich ecosystems of coral reefs and camouflage techniques. Here, you will also learn of the diversity of water life – from microorganisms hidden in a drop of water to huge squids and large marine mammals.
As for the youngest visitors, we have prepared engrossing multimedia games, where they can play with dolphins, ensure the cleanliness of coral reefs and discover mythical water monsters.
For all those of you tired with the bulk of new impressions there is the relaxation zone, whose fairy tale-like, fantasy setting will let you rest and build up strength to resume your visit.
Did you discover something particularly interesting at the exhibition? You can deepen your knowledge on the subject any time.
Across all area of the exhibition you’ll find Hydropedia – a collection of popular science articles written especially in mind with HYDROPOLIS. Authored by specialists in their respective fields and people with a passion for science, they discuss and elaborate on the exhibition’s topics.
On average, water comprises 60% of our body mass, which is a reason good enough to look closer at man’s relation with water.
Find out about the functions it serves in the human body. Also, learn about the role it has in culture, religion, art and leisure.
Since the dawn of time, all civilisations have thrived in the proximity of water. Man has tried to bend it to his will and make it work for his own purposes.
In this zone you will see great ancient engineers’ water inventions and find out about the development of the ancient Egyptian civilisation, inherently bound with the Nile. Moreover, the exceptionally accurate ship models – from ancient vessels to contemporary ones – will present the evolution of buoyant watercraft over centuries.
The temporary exhibitions zone
There are currently many breath-taking projects coming into being where the worlds of art, ecology, science and technology meet. What we want to present in the temporary exhibitions zone is select artistic actions whose common denominator is the diverse bond between man and water.
Contemporary cities are complex infrastructural systems with water management being one of the foundations of their proper operation.
In this zone you will learn about the methods of water supply and sewage collection and disposal. You will also travel back in time to trace the development of Wrocław’s water supply system. You will find out how global metropolises work and see the most impressive hydrotechnical facilities.
In nature, water exists in three states, which in itself makes it an extraordinary substance.
Find out about its properties to understand why it is so important to almost every aspect of life. Take a closer look at its journey within the hydrological cycle and learn to differentiate between types of clouds to accurately forecast the weather. You can also reach out and bring about a lightning strike with a touch of your hand – using a special installation “Symphony in D Minor” developed by new-york artists Chris Klapper and Patrick Gallagher.
In addition, we have prepared a multimedia game for children, encouraging them to learn about the composition and formation of a water particle.
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Exhibition opening hours
Monday – Friday: 09.00 a.m. – 06.00 p.m. (last admissions at 04.30 p.m.)
Saturday – Sunday: 10.00 a.m. – 08.00 p.m. (last admissions at 06.30 p.m.)
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phone: 71 34 09 515 (information number available from Monday to Friday between 09.00 a.m. and 04.30 p.m., at weekends – between 10.00 a.m. and 06.30 p.m.)
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phone: 71 34 09 625