Exhibition Hydropolis

See what awaits you

Hydropolis map

The history of water engineering

Man and water

Relaxation zone

The city and water

Temporary exhibitions zone

The ocean of life

Children zone

The states of water

The planet of water

The depths

Water printer

The history of water engineering

The history of water engineering

In this zone you will learn about ancient water inventions: the Archimedean screw, water wheel, water clock, and Heron's turbine. You will also be able to operate the devices on your own. In addition, you will find out about how important water is for the development of every civilisation by examining the examples of Egypt and the Nile. Moreover, the exceptionally accurate ship models - from ancient vessels to contemporary ones - will present the evolution of buoyant watercraft over centuries.

Man and water

Man and water

On average, water comprises 60% of our body mass, which is a reason good enough to look closer at man's relation with water. This zone will let you familiarise yourself with its functions in the human organism. In the "The Sacred" room you will find out what role water serves in cultures and religions. The importance of water to man is presented in the symbolic form of a transparent copy of Michael Angelo's David sculpture.

Relaxation zone

Relaxation zone

For all those of you tired with the bulk of new impressions there is a relaxation zone, whose fairy tale-like setting will let you rest on a couch and build up strength to resume your visit. One of the walls is covered with moss - the peculiar living installation features a bird's eye view of the rainforests of the river Amazon.

The city and water

The city and water

Have you wondered how many litres of water are used, on average, by a single resident of a city such as Wrocław, as against huge metropolises like London or Dubai? You will learn the answer to this question in this zone. Additionally, you will see an impressive satellite map of Wrocław with features including a visualisation of the millennium flood, which struck Poland in July 1997. We also present the process of production and supply of water, as well as sewage collection and treatment.

Temporary exhibitions zone

Temporary exhibitions zone

This is a place where education is intertwined with art. What we present in the temporary exhibitions zone is installations whose common denominator is the diverse bond between man and water. Now you can watch the exhibition "Monuments of Wroclaw water supply in the Ryszard Horowitz's lens." Ryszard Horowitz is the most famous Polish photographer, a pioneer in digital imaging. Now he shares his skill with visitors of Hydropolis.

The ocean of life

The ocean of life

This zone's theme is evolution of life, which appeared in water about 3.3 billion years ago. One of the installations is a scene depicting a tiger shark hunting a shoal of tunas. We present here the rich ecosystems of coral reefs as well as the water life's camouflage techniques and diversity - from microorganisms hidden in a drop of water to huge sea mammals.

Children zone

Children zone

Our exhibition caters for people of all ages. For our youngest visitors, we have prepared multimedia games, where they can play with dolphins, see to the cleanliness of coral reefs, and discover mythical water monsters, as well as find out about the structure and principles of formation of a water molecule. The exhibition features four screening rooms where you can watch a total of six films dedicated to subjects such as explorers of ocean depths and sea camouflage.

The states of water

The states of water

Water occurs in three states of matter, which in itself makes it an amazing substance. You will find out about its properties to understand why it is so important in almost every aspect of life. You will take a closer look at its journey within the hydrological cycle and learn to tell the difference between types of clouds to accurately forecast the weather.

The planet of water

The planet of water

A 360º projection on a 65 m screen telling the story of the coming of water into existence on the Earth is the first stage of the exhibition tour. The 10-minute film will take you to the most remote corners of space. Have you wondered how water came into existence and whether there is a lot of it in the universe? You will learn the answers to these questions in this zone. Moreover, there is a projection of the globe spanning 2 metres in diameter featuring an animation of water tides on our planet.

The depths

The depths

In this zone you will be able to take a closer look at the most terrifying deep sea creatures and discover the uncanny life hidden in the dark. Additionally, 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.

Water printer

Water printer

The exhibition will captivate you with its attractions even before you cross the building's threshold. In front of the Hydropolis entrance you will go through a unique water printer. Spanning as much as 46.5 m in length, it is Europe's longest installation of this kind. Various patters and notices are displayed on the wall of water it creates. Moreover, at the height of the exhibition entrance the printer works like a curtain, parting before visitors entering the building. The design of the installation is an integral part of the building's front façade.

Exhibition Hydropolis

See what awaits you

The history of water engineering

Man and water

Relaxation zone

The city and water

Temporary exhibitions zone

The ocean of life

Children zone

The states of water

The planet of water

The depths

Water printer

HYDROPOLIS

Hydropolis is a place where diverse multimedia technologies, interactive installations, faithful replicas and models, as well as touch screens providing extensive information, serve one purpose - to show water from various fascinating perspectives.